The Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (1) from $11.98   
  • New (1) from $11.98   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$11.98
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(4)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Mint. Brand new factory sealed. ships within 24 hours with confirmation. Most cd's ship 1st class. All Cd's are guaranteed. Questions? Contact us. We strive to be as earth ... conscious as possible when packaging, buying recycled envelopes etc. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Bohemia, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646596425
  • Catalog Number: 65964

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (1:03)
  2. 2 Faith in You (4:52)
  3. 3 Tchokola (5:48)
  4. 4 Spring Episode (5:52)
  5. 5 Metamorphosis (5:53)
  6. 6 Tender Memories (5:20)
  7. 7 Mouna Bowa (6:33)
  8. 8 In the Fast Lane (4:10)
  9. 9 The Gift of Time (5:06)
  10. 10 After the Storm (4:21)
  11. 11 Bottle Bop (4:52)
  12. 12 Prelude No. 20, Op. 28 (2:59)
Read More Show Less

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 Jr. 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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously