Canteloupe Island

Canteloupe Island

by Jean-Luc Ponty
     
 

Jean-Luc Ponty's Canteloupe Island is one of his finest recording sessions under his own name. The album was recorded in 1969 while Ponty was with Frank Zappa. This set includes five Zappa originals. The composer participated, as did several of his Mothers of Invention, including Ian…  See more details below

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Jean-Luc Ponty's Canteloupe Island is one of his finest recording sessions under his own name. The album was recorded in 1969 while Ponty was with Frank Zappa. This set includes five Zappa originals. The composer participated, as did several of his Mothers of Invention, including Ian Underwood and George Duke. This music is some of the best that fusion had to offer. It's lyrical, warm, fantastically performed, and it's got plenty of heart and soul. It contains Zappa's sense of humor and incredible harmonic vocabulary, Ponty's fiery technique and soulful playing, intensely gifted rhythm sections with Arthur III Tripp on drums, bassist Wilton Felder, and Duke, of course, playing electric piano throughout. Zappa's fine compositions include "King Kong," "Idiot Bastard Son," "Twenty Small Cigars," "America Drinks and Goes Home," and the classic "Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra," the latter conducted by Underwood. Zappa makes an appearance on electric guitar for Ponty's "How Would You Like to Have a Head Like That," which was deeply inspired by Zappa's knotty, quirky lead lines. Ponty's soloing throughout is hot; it is based in blues and the 20th century classical tradition, and he reaches the extremes of both poles until he finds a way to knit them together. L.A. saxophonist Ernie Watts burns here, pulling out his toughest, most boisterous chops. In addition to the Zappa pieces, there are fine tunes by Duke ("Foosh"), Ponty ("Contact"), and of course the title cut by Herbie Hancock.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261207067
catalogNumber:
706
Rank:
74374

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jean-Luc Ponty   Primary Artist,Violone,Electric Violin,Baritone Violin
George Duke   Piano,Electric Piano
Dick Berk   Drums
John Heard   Electric Bass
Harold Bemko   Cello,Electronic Sounds
Donald Christlieb   Bassoon
Gene Cipriano   English Horn,Oboe
Gene Estes   Percussion,Vibes
Frank Zappa   Guitar
Wilton Felder   Bass,Electric Bass
John Guerin   Drums
Arthur Maebe   Flugelhorn,French Horn,Tuben
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Milton Thomas   Viola
Art Tripp   Drums
Ian Underwood   Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Watts   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn,Descant
Jonathan Meyer   Flute
Donald Christello   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
David Brand   Engineer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Frank Zappa   Arranger,Composer
Dick Bock   Producer
Jean-Bernard Eisinger   Composer
Dick Klune   Engineer

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