Jon Hassell / Farafina - Flash Of The Spirit


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The first ever reissue and remastering of Jon Hassell and Farafina’s prescient “Fourth World” masterwork. Co-produced with the legendary studio team of Brian Eno and Dainel Lanois.

Perhaps the most acoustic of all Jon Hassell albums, Flash of the Spirit unites him with the African rhythm group Farafina, who provide a vivid rhythmic foundation for Hassell's trumpeted meanderings. a single, sustained note starts the proceedings and, one by one, awakens the other intruments, which pulse, rise, fall and return throughout the hour-long album.

On its release 32 years ago, Flash of the Spirit was a revelation, a record that had no clear parallel for its encompassing sound. The album remains a testament to both the influence Hassell has quietly exerted on contemporary music, and the forward-looking traditionalism of Farafina, one of West Africa’s great rhythmic ensembles.