The Acatama Experience

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Jean-Luc Ponty has dabbled in commercialized music off the beaten path of jazz for quite a number of years, a dilution of the straight-ahead and fusion-oriented music that made him an instantly recognized post-St?phane Grappelli performer. The Acatama Experience is apparently a good one for Ponty, as his "new" style harks back to his emergence in the mid-'70s. It's a back-to-basics approach, paring down the histrionics and processed electric violin to a merely amplified, natural approach. Ponty has also surrounded himself with two excellent players in keyboardist William Lecomte and drummer Thierry Arpino, and on three tracks an old friend, the Belgian guitarist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Jean-Luc Ponty has dabbled in commercialized music off the beaten path of jazz for quite a number of years, a dilution of the straight-ahead and fusion-oriented music that made him an instantly recognized post-Stéphane Grappelli performer. The Acatama Experience is apparently a good one for Ponty, as his "new" style harks back to his emergence in the mid-'70s. It's a back-to-basics approach, paring down the histrionics and processed electric violin to a merely amplified, natural approach. Ponty has also surrounded himself with two excellent players in keyboardist William Lecomte and drummer Thierry Arpino, and on three tracks an old friend, the Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine. The band gets things rolling with a contemporary, funky, yet very respectful version of Bud Powell's "Parisian Thoroughfare," with other variations away from the core sound including an eighth note-centered "Celtic Steps" replete with danceable fiddlistics, the portable road song "Still in Love," and the title cut -- an unusual, understated, spacy, ambient, overdubbed solo for Ponty on various instruments. The retro tracks are contemporary in nature, but reminiscent of his days with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. "Premonition," with help from Catherine, is a natural circular stairstep two-note climb with a booming electric bass guitar line from Guy Nsangué Akwa, while the waltz "Last Memories of Her" has the same basic ascendant quality with Lecomte's melancholy piano signifying the end of a beautiful friendship. Another standout track, "Euphoria" is couched in a bright, happy 6/8 Latin base, made luminous by the vibraphone playing of Taffa Cissé. Considering Ponty's most recent work, rife with world or Afrocentric mishmashes or even further back mired in dense, overwashed electronic synth muck, this recording is not only a welcome change of pace, but a return to the great music that made Ponty an important figure in contemporary music. This one is recommended with no hesitation, and is the brilliant violinist's best effort in nearly 30 years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923423324
  • Catalog Number: 4233
  • Sales rank: 12,600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (0:15)
  2. 2 Parisian Thoroughfare - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (4:39)
  3. 3 Premonition - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (3:43)
  4. 4 Point of No Return - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (6:45)
  5. 5 Back in the 60's - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (4:03)
  6. 6 Without Regrets - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (4:29)
  7. 7 Celtic Steps - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (5:52)
  8. 8 Desert Crossing - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (3:03)
  9. 9 Last Memories of Her - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (5:21)
  10. 10 The Acatama Experience - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (2:01)
  11. 11 On My Way to Bombay - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (4:32)
  12. 12 Still in Love - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (5:07)
  13. 13 Euphoria - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (4:49)
  14. 14 To and Fro - Jean-Luc Ponty & His Band (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean-Luc Ponty Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Violin, Keyboards
Philip Catherine Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Guest Appearance
Allan Holdsworth Guitar, Guest Appearance
Guy Nsangué Akwa Electric Bass
Thierry Arpino Drums
Taffa Cissé Percussion
William Lecomte Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Ponty Composer, Producer, Engineer, Author, Audio Production
Bud Powell Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
William Lecomte Arranger, Composer
Karim Sai Engineer
Claudia Ponty Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Ponty is back !!!, this is a must have for all who love jazz and

    Ponty is back !!!, this is a must have for all who love jazz and jazz fusion
    .I have followed Jean Luc since 69,and by far these are the most enjoyable tracks you will ever hear from this remarkable musician.
    Sit back.. no more tecno , this is back to the roots. Absolutely fantastic.

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