Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

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by Jean-Luc Ponty
     
 

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Shame on the generally classy Sony Legacy division for not clearly specifying on the cover that this hour-long collection only chooses from three of the jazz fusion violinist's albums he recorded for their label circa 1987-1991. The majority of his career, and where he made his biggest commercial splash, was for the Atlantic label from 1975-1985, which is represented… See more details below

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Shame on the generally classy Sony Legacy division for not clearly specifying on the cover that this hour-long collection only chooses from three of the jazz fusion violinist's albums he recorded for their label circa 1987-1991. The majority of his career, and where he made his biggest commercial splash, was for the Atlantic label from 1975-1985, which is represented in both a double- and single-disc compilation on Rhino. That said, even though these were not his most groundbreaking years, Jean-Luc Ponty continued to mesh electronics with his established fusion and, on 1991's Tchokola, added African percussion to the mix. While that wasn't totally successful, it showed the musician was attempting to expand out of what was quickly becoming a repetitive rut. The rootsy beats also contrast with his chilly electronic approach, adding a warm, human feel to his typically frigid sound. This anthology also touches on his more techno leanings, like the intro to "In the Fast Lane" and the totally overdubbed solo piece "Spring Episode" (that amazingly seems like he's playing with a full combo), as well as the more worldbeat percussive tracks, making it an excellent sampler from these years. And since the three albums were spotty, this becomes a perfect one-stop summation of their highlights. Sure, there are moments of aural wallpaper where Ponty coasts on a smooth bed of funk-lite as he doodles away on violin. But Ponty's least-inspired work remains unique and stimulating because his style is so distinctive. So even though this isn't as satisfying a summary as Rhino's Very Best Of since his songs aren't as well conceived or varied as his work covered in the previous compilations' years, it's a welcome addition to his catalog. With its tasty closing Chopin classical piece, it's a superb listen for those wanting a taste of what the fusion jazz violinist was doing during the late '80s/early '90s, without springing for the individual discs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646596425
catalogNumber:
65964

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jean-Luc Ponty   Primary Artist,Violin,Keyboards,Claves,Synclavier,Electric Violin,electronic percussion,Hand Drums,Synthesizer Violin
Patrice Rushen   Synthesizer
Martin Atangana   Guitar
Baron Browne   Bass
Jamie Glaser   Guitar
Ray Griffin   Percussion,Drums
Abdou M'Boup   Percussion
Wally Minko   Piano,Keyboards
Yves N'Djock   Guitar
Guy N'Sangue   Bass
Pat Thomi   Guitar
Grover Washington   Soprano Saxophone
Moustapha Cisse   Percussion,Djembe,Doum-doum,talking drum
Clara Ponty   Piano
Kémo Kouyaté   Harp,Balafon,Cora
Brice Wouassi   Percussion,Drums,Bells,Bottle,Shaker,Bugarabu

Technical Credits

Jean-Luc Ponty   Arranger,Producer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
David Hentschel   Engineer
Peter Kelsey   Engineer
Brian Malouf   Producer,Engineer
Brice Wassy   Composer
Moustapha Cisse   Contributor
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Ria Shibayama   Art Direction
Fong Y. Lee   Packaging Manager
Thierry Peremarti   Liner Notes

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