Artist: Jean-Luc Ponty Year: Jun 20, 2000 Publisher: Rhino/Wea Uk You can listen to samples from this album by clicking the links below, each sample is in MP3 format.
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Category: France --> Jazz
Bowing-Bowing - 4:53
Aurora, Pt. 2 - 6:15
Renaissance - 5:48
New Country - 3:10
Enigmatic Ocean, Pt. 3 - 3:37
Mirage - 4:54
Egocentric Molecules - 5:49
Cosmic Messenger - 4:41
I Only Feel Good With You - 3:18
No Strings Attached [Live] - 6:02
A Taste for Passion - 5:25
Forms of Life - 4:50
Rhythms of Hope - 4:03
Final Truth, Pt. 1 - 4:54
Individual Choice - 4:56
Infinite Pursuit - 5:59
Overview: This 2000 release should have been titled The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty's Atlantic Years because it contains some of the best recordings that he made during his stay at Atlantic from 1975-1985. The CD doesn't get into Ponty's pre-Atlantic work, some of which is essentially straight-ahead jazz; nor does it get into his Columbia or Epic output of the late '80s and early '90s. Although Ponty's pre-Atlantic and post-Atlantic recordings are noteworthy, it was during his stay at Atlantic that the French violinist did his most important, innovative, and essential work. The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty doesn't take as comprehensive a look at his Atlantic years as Rhino's two-CD set, Le Voyage: The Jean-Luc Ponty Anthology -- this collection is more concise, making it the most logical choice if you're exploring his music for the first time. To its credit, Rhino presents the material in chronological order; so one hears how much Ponty evolved during his Atlantic years. While gems from '70s albums like Upon the Wings of Music, Aurora, Voyage, and Enigmatic Ocean are characterized by their spontaneity and their improvisatory spirit, tracks from 1983's Individual Choice and 1985's Fables are more high-tech and heavily produced. Ordinarily, it's disappointing to see a great improviser offering less improvisation, but the composing on those albums is so strong that you're inclined to be forgiving. From a compositional standpoint, high-tech '80s pieces like "Infinite Pursuit" and Individual Choice's title track are excellent -- even if they lack the spontaneity of Ponty's '70s treasures. All of Ponty's Atlantic albums are worth hearing, and some of them are truly essential. But for beginners, The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty would be the best starting point.
Credits: Allan Holdsworth - Guitar Allan Zavod - Clavinet, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer Baron Browne - Bass Bill Inglot - Remastering Casey Schelierell - Drums, Percussion Chris Rhyne - Piano, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass Dan Sawyer - Guitar Daryl Stuermer - Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm) Geoff Sykes - Remastering Greg Allen - Art Direction, Design Jak Kilby - Photography Jamie Glaser - Guitar Jean-Luc Ponty - Autoharp, Electronic Percussion, Keyboard Bass, Keyboards, Main Performer, Organ, Piano (Electric), Sequencers, Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass, Violectra, Violin Joaquin Lievano - Guitar, Guitar Synth Leon "Ndugu" Chancler - Drums, Percussion Mark Craney - Drums, Percussion Nick Sahakian - Compilation Producer Norman Fearrington - Drums, Percussion Patrice Rushen - Clavichord, Clavinet, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion Peter Maunu - Guitar, Guitar Synth Ralphe Armstrong - Bass Randy Jackson - Bass Ray Griffin - Drums Rayford Griffin - Drums, Percussion Scott Henderson - Guitar Shawn Amos - Editorial Coordinator Steve Smith - Drums, Percussion Steven Chean - Editorial Supervision Tom Fowler - Bass
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