It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of musician Jon Hassell this morning. He was a very special and unique artist. A contemporary of Harold Budd, Jon created some wonderfully haunting and beautiful music.
I first discovered his music in the early 1980s whilst browsing in a record store in Greenwich Village in New York. I pulled out an album titled 'Eros In Arabia', the title immediately appealed of course but I had no idea what music it might contain or who Jon Hassell was. I decided to buy it. Back home in England I placed the record on my turntable for the first time and was absolutely entranced. I've bought several of Jon's albums since and they're all marvellous works of art. With the passing of Jon Hassell and, last year, Harold Budd, the world is a poorer place. 🙁