the million dollar hotel
JH appears in front of the camera (above) making a brief appearance in a role originally conceived for Miles Davis.
Million Dollar Hotel comes from a collaborative idea between Wim Wenders and Bono during a previous shoot for a U2 video at the same location. Before shooting began, JH offered a live track called 'Amsterdam Blue (Cortege)'—recorded in Amsterdam as an homage to Chet Baker who jumped or fell from a hotel window there. Wenders and Bono fell in love with the mood of this track and it became a touchstone for the score, as reflected in the composer credit:
"Music by Jon Hassell, Bono, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno."