· Jon Hassell’s 1977 solo debut, Vernal Equinox offered the first glimpse into the sound that would become known as Fourth World music – a pioneering blend of electronics and global music influences, drawing on ambient, jazz and minimalism, alongside harmonies and traditional instruments from across Africa and Asia.
· Hassell’s trademark FX-soaked trumpet is carefully embellished by a studio ensemble including the master percussionist Naná Vasconcelos and lead synthesizer player David Rosenboom (who played viola on the 1968 recording of Terry Riley’s In C). In 1976, synthesizers were far from standard studio equipment, and most of Vernal Equinox was recorded at Toronto’s York University, where Rosenboom was the director of the well-equipped Electronic Media Studios and Laboratory of Experimental Aesthetics. The result is a work of outstanding beauty.
· Remastered from the original tapes, and available for the first time in over four decades on vinyl and 30 years on CD.
· Sleevenotes by Brian Eno and Jon Hassell himself.
· The second release on Hassell's own label, Ndeya, following on from his 2018 album Listening to Pictures.