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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2005-02-16 08:53 am   Permalink

There is another artist named Jon hassell, who has collaborated with eno in the past..

His debut album was late 60's/early 70's and called "earthquake Island"...and although the music is similar to some of the jazz fusion that was just starting ariound that time, (like electric era miles Davis, or Return to forever)this particular album was very tropical-oriented, and the liner notes exhort the listener to enjoy the "lush, tropical scenery"

The music is dark and scary, though..and more like Voodoo then tiki.



his later albums also had very interesting titles, like "surgeon of the nightsky restores dead things by the power of light" (or something similar.)

Jon hassell is a trumpet player, but developed his peculiar style by studying with an Indian Singer. He calls his music "4th world music" as it represents "the cultural interface between technology and the third world"

His last album was a return to more real trumpet playing (His previous stuff featured electronically treated trumpet) and featured Ry Cooder and a great indian bansuri player..he did several songs in homage to Duke Ellington's "caravan", (perhaps one of the first exotica songs.)

All his stuff is ambient and otherworldy, and very electronic yet primitive at the same time.

If you like Eno, look up Jon hassell. The only problem is that aside from the internet, it might be hard to find his stuff in record stores.

One of my favorites was an album he did with a group of drummers and balafon player from Burkina faso.....very, very cool!


 
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Posted: 2005-02-16 11:01 am   Permalink

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On 2005-02-15 19:07, Shipwreckjoey wrote:

Diamond Head - Phil Manzanera. Miss Shapiro is a warm-up from Warm Jets, but the whole album is great.

Low - David Bowie & Eno. Side B is Eno-inspired Bowie at it's best.




Diamond Head is a great album, and you're right, Miss Shapiro is excellent. The live version of it is on 801 Live, also.

I read somewhere that the Eno instrumental side of Low was there because Bowie was too strung out to work. Seems his Berlin sessions (Low & Heroes) were a particularly low point for him, and his "recovery" album from that experience became Scary Monsters.

And Jon Hassel is a very interesting artist that takes some getting used to. Often when I hear his playing I don't even realize I'm hearing a trumpet. It's almost as if he creates a nasal whining sound and pushes it through the trumpet. Very unusual and otherworldly. I believe he also appears on Eno's Ambient 4: On Land.
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Posted: 2005-02-17 5:28 pm   Permalink

Whilst perusing my local Tower Records yesterday I happened upon a French CD release of June 1, 1974. I bought it and am pleased to say the music has held up very well and the sound quality of the CD is much better than I expected (sorry FFL no "Deutschland Uber Alles" but a stirring rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel" makes up for it). Looked for 801 but no dice (I guess that woulda been pushin' it).

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Posted: 2005-02-18 03:50 am   Permalink

Not saying that it's his best, but Before and After Science is my favorite Eno album.

I like it for the reason that it was greatly influenced by Krautrock (he even had Dieter Moebius, Has Joachim Roedelius and Jaki Liebezeit on it). Along with David Bowie's Low (featuring Eno), it stands as one of the best English-language Krautrock albums.


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Posted: 2005-03-13 03:39 am   Permalink

To go back to the primitive motifs of Jon Hassell's music, seek out other Eno collaborator Michael Brook's Hybrid.

It has quite a bit of jungle percussion and atmosphere to it. His other albums are great, but Hybrid is the only one that I would recommend for a primitive setting.


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Posted: 2005-03-18 6:09 pm   Permalink

Michael Brook is one of my all-time faves, and I cannot recommend "Hybrid" enough. It almost qualifies as a sort of "tribal ambient" album. I have all his stuff and have to say, if he ever plays live near you, drop everything and go. The amazing thing is that he plays his own compositions live - and solo! Without pre-recorded tapes! And with only a guitar! He puts other, more flashy guitarists to shame.

He's hands down the most amazing solo avant gard player I've ever seen, and his songs have a real warmth and discernacle structure to them, but aren't smarmy and new-agey. In his live show, he uses a tiny sampler box mounted on the mic stand and a couple of pedals. He then plays each part into the sampler and loops and echoes it, layering on new rythms and melodies all the while. It's really phenomenal to see and hear. I'd always thought his stuff was heavily produced and dubbed and processed, but no.

Another album of his I can't recommend enough is "Night Song", which he co-produced with Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan. Khan's amazing Pakistani devotional singing and Brook's music are a gorgeous match made in musical heaven. This is in my top 3 all-time most beautiful albums.

But back to Eno: I was just listening to Devo's first album again and you can really hear the influence Eno had on that album (not unusual considering he produced it). His sound is especially recognizable on the 2 bonus tracks on the CD re-release. They are very avant-punk and are great. If you only know Devo from their later stuff, I highly recommend this one.
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Posted: 2005-03-19 2:35 pm   Permalink

I got to see Brook in Chicago, a few years ago. He was opening for David Sylvian and was part of Sylvian's band!

A great show!


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Posted: 2005-03-19 3:48 pm   Permalink

For my 1000th post, I may as well contribute something absolutely non-Tiki.

Hence... I knew that Sylvian was going to come up in this thread sooner or later, since Jon Hassel and Michael Brook both played on a bunch of his stuff and were part of his touring bands in various years.

I used to be the sound engineer at the Park West in Chicago - the Sylvian show that Astrosurf saw there was my last gig there before I quit. I wanted to leave the job three months earlier, but stuck around just to have the opportunity to work with Sylvian. Along with Devo and Eno, Sylvian is one of my all time musical gurus.

Secrets of the Beehive.
Gone to Earth.
Brilliant Trees.

Can't touch that stuff.
Awesome.

I think the coolest thing about Eno is his ability to bring out the best in the bands he produces. I think the record he did with Talking Heads is their best album, and the first Devo album remains a masterpiece. He even helped revitalize a then-stagnant U2 in the early 1990s.

I think the trilogy that Eno did with Bowie (Heroes / Low / Lodger) is Bowie's best work, and was followed by the also-genius Scary Monsters - which is Eno-less, but which is also full of other Eno-collaborators such as Robert Fripp (who, in turn, keeps working with Sylvian!).

Seems to me that for these guys, making records are like ordering Chinese food: one artist from column A, one from column B, one from column C, and Eno for dessert.

And a mai tai, please.

See, you can bring ANY topic back to Tiki.

Sorta.



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Posted: 2005-03-19 5:39 pm   Permalink

Aaahhh!!!!

Thank you for taking me back to that show at the Park West, tikibars!



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Posted: 2005-03-19 8:04 pm   Permalink

I saw Sylvian at the Wiltern in L.A. around '87 and it was stunning. His band was essentially his band from "Japan", minus their amazing bassist, Mick Karn. Didn't see Brook play with him, but did get to hear (now big-time movie composer) Mark Isham do all the horn work. It was stunning. I have always been a fan of Steve Jansen's drumming (Jansen is Sylvian's brother) and it's one of the things I remember most from that show. I don't think Sylvian's work holds up as well over time as Talking Heads or Eno's, but there are quite a few gems from those albums you list. I highly recommend his live album with Japan, "Oil on Canvas". It almost doesn't sound live at all, and it's lusher and more densely produced than their studio albums. I even have the VHS of that concert somewhere.

I lost interest with Sylvian's later work, but he also did some awesome experimental stuff with Holgar Czukay on a couple limited EPs. His collaborations with sound installation artist & painter Russel Mills were also very interesting and are contained in a book/CD set called "Ember Glance - The Permanence of Memory". I also love his other Collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Robert Fripp. Wow, those days of fey, avant-art-rock seem like so long ago!

As for Eno and Talking Heads, Eno produced their first 4 or 5 albums, as well as the landmark "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" with Byrne. I read that Eno was one of the reasons the Heads broke up. The rest of the band thought they had become the "Byrne/Eno Band" with them as merely backup musicians.

Funny you mention the connections thing. I spent many years branching out along the musical trees that many of these artists were connected to. It was a pretty reliable way to find more music that interested me. It was somehow all the more enjoyable because I would imagine an artist I liked (it kinda all started with 70's Bowie) and following the musical trail he blazed through the musical avant garde. Those were the days.

BTW, totally off the track here: If anyone is interested in the unreleased Fiona Apple album, "Extraordinary Machine", get it here:
http://www.geekdreams.com/mp3/fiona_apple/
or shoot me a PM if the link dies. She's just another gifted artist screwed over by a record company who's not interested in her anymore because she's not Brittney or Ashley, who made a quirky & strange pop album 2 years ago that was shelved indefinitely due to its "uncommerciality". It seems unlikely that Sony will ever release it now, but here it is for your enjoyment.

Happy listening!
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Posted: 2005-03-22 06:54 am   Permalink

I've been hearing rumors about a Roxy Music reunion, that an album is planned, plus at least one show at the Isle of Wight Fest, and that BRIAN ENO IS TO BE PART OF THIS!

Contact Music says:
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Legendary rockers ROXY MUSIC have reformed to record their first album since 1983.

Frontman BRYAN FERRY has joined PHIL MANZANERA, ANDY MACKAY, PAUL THOMPSON and BRIAN ENO for the reunion.

The project marks the first time Eno has worked with Roxy Music since 1973's FOR YOUR PLEASURE disc and will be the first album Roxy Music have recorded since AVALON twenty-two years ago (83).

The LOVE IS THE DRUG band, who briefly reformed for a live performance in 2001 without Eno, have also announced a gig at Britain's ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL on 11 June (05).

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Posted: 2005-03-22 09:10 am   Permalink

Interesting - thanks for the heads-up, FF.

 
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Posted: 2005-03-22 09:16 am   Permalink

Okay, I'm confused. Will the "Love Is The Drug" band also be called Roxy Music? Will Brian Ferry sing with them too? Will both incarnations be at the same festival? Will they play simultaneously on separate stages?

 
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Posted: 2005-03-23 7:24 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the heads up Dr. FFL. I haven't been to any kind of Roxy Music related show since about 1988 for Bryan Ferry's Bete Noire tour performance at the SDSU Ampitheatre.

 
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Posted: 2005-03-30 12:13 am   Permalink

Speaking of Eno and Sylvian, I've always been surprised they never collaborated together. In addition to the Sylvian albums tikibars suggested, there's also still some gems on Dead Bees on a Cake (many of the songs on this one are inspired by his own guru, "the hugging saint" Amma.) And even the one album released by the reunited members of Japan, Rain Tree Crow, contains one of my all time favorites: Blackwater. I got to see him perform that one last time I saw him at the Wiltern in LA a few years ago. Here's a photo I shot at that show:


Also saw Michael Brook at the 93(?) show for the tour he did with Robert Fripp. (Got some pics of that somewhere too.)

If anyone is interested in checking out other musicians "related" to Sylvian, may I suggest a Yahoo Group called YMO Rare:
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/ymorare/

More recently, do check out his vocals with Blonde Redhead called "Messenger". It's being played on indie stations like KCRW here in LA.

As for Eno, I remember my first intro to his stuff (had already heard the name for years) when I was a teenager and used to listen to this obscure ambient music program at 5 or 6 in the morning once a week. One week they used the whole hour to play just one piece and it turned out to be "Thursday Afternoon" by Eno. I still have the recorded program on tape cassette and it's still great.


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