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Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

Jon Hassell

Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

First new release in nine years from the American ambient jazz trumpeter

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Masterful. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The eight tracks here follow transcendental themes. Technically brilliant of course. Compared to the likes of Forest Swords, Oneohtrix Point Never or Four Tet, at its loosest Listening To Pictures is free enough to be original while structured enough to be bearable
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  3. 8.0 |   Resident Advisor

    If you take Hassell's advice, and "scan up and down the sonic spectrum," taking in the moments of beauty as they occur, the album's title makes a lot of sense
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  4. 8.0 |   The Independent

    It’s not an album that strives for immediacy, but is best soaked in over multiple listens
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It's a treat to find Jon Hassell still fascinated and engrossed in the style of music he helped create
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Hassell’s ‘fourth world’ fusion of hi-tech minimalism with world rhythms proves the 81-year-old is still experimental after all these years
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The most striking thing about it is how effortlessly contemporary it sounds. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Fans of Four Tet and Jon Hopkins are advised to check out this master at work. Print edition only

  9. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The Los Angeles trumpeter-composer sounds like he’s remixing himself, taking apart his past 40 years of work and reassembling it for the present moment

  10. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    While I can’t help missing the volatile momentum of previous records, Listening to Pictures still animates its sonic space with the kind of detail few musicians have the vision or audacity to achieve
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