Power Spot

Universal Music Classics & Jazz
Release date
4 Nov 2008
Running length
7 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Power Spot 7:08 2,463
2 Passage D.E. 5:26 1,959
3 Solaire 6:55 2,483
4 Miracle Steps 4:21 1,665
5 Wing Melodies 7:34 1,609
6 The Elephant And The Orchid 11:10 1,559
7 Air 5:21 1,778

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Power Spot opens with the surging, polyrhythmic title track featuring Hassell’s sinuous trumpet lines and dense electronic percussion from one of the album’s most significant collaborators, J.A. Deane. Ambient keyboard textures drone in the background and, together with the percussion, form a mesmerizing tapestry over which Hassell’s trumpet glides and soars. Images of the African continent emerge from the cyclic rhythms and harmonic stasis; a meditative calm hovers behind the swirling surfaces. The opening title track clearly sets the stage for what is to follow. During the murky, down-tempo “Passage D.E.,” Hassell conjures stillness from his horn, breathy clouds laced with echo. In “Solaire,” the trumpet weaves through watery, transparent textures and pulsing percussion. “Miracle Steps” opens with brazen trumpet declamations accompanied only by irregular rhythmic patterns from the percussion. An evocative blend of quasi-elephant calls and train whistles, the solo trumpet eventually winds its way downward until it is quietly submerged. “Wing Melodies” recalls the surging motion and dense fabric of the title track. Multiple keyboard parts interlock with aggressive percussion while Brian Eno’s stuttering bassline remains fixed. Hassell’s exuberant trumpet solo is possibly his finest on the album. “The Elephant and the Orchid” recalls the slower tempo and darker shades of “Passage D.E,” but lingers there for a rather long time. Ambient keyboard drones and weary percussion provide the accompaniment for Hassell’s remarkably flute-like sound. The shimmering flutes of Miguel Frasconi are a welcomed addition to the gently concluding “Air.

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  • shinoque


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  • jz900

    Spirit of 1980. and now 30 years later a return to ECM and the release of " last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street''.!!

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • tekkie69

    Power spot, Timeless what more can 1 say

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • 8m2stereo

    .. yet another ecm & jon hassell favorite .. musical shamanism ..

    21 Mar 2008 Reply

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