​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."

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A childhood in Memphis, a classical conservatory education, composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Reich, Glass; having a window opened onto the world's music and a new approach to the trumpet via vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; a questioning and deconstruction of the European dichotomy between classical and popular, sacred and sensual; a pioneer of digital transformation and sampling—all of this led to Fourth World—the unique blend which Jon has described as "worldly music" to underline a more subtle equation at work and discourage the simplistic labeling of "world," "jazz," "classical," "minimal," or "ambient."