The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227986223
  • Catalog Number: 279862
  • Sales rank: 39,588

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jean-Luc Ponty Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Violin, Autoharp, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Synthesizer Bass, electronic percussion, keyboard bass, Violectra
Peter Maunu Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Patrice Rushen Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Clavichord, Clavinet
Scott Henderson Guitar
Allan Holdsworth Guitar
Steve Smith Percussion, Drums
Daryl Stuermer Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joaquin Lievano Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Tom Fowler Bass
Ralphe Armstrong Bass
Baron Browne Bass
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Percussion, Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Mark Craney Percussion, Drums
Norman Fearrington Percussion, Drums
Jamie Glaser Guitar
Rayford Griffin Percussion, Drums
Ray Griffin Drums
Dan Sawyer Guitar
Casey Schelierell Percussion, Drums
Allan Zavod Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Randy Jackson Bass
Chris Rhyne Synthesizer, Piano, Synthesizer Bass
Technical Credits
Jean-Luc Ponty Sequencers
Greg Allen Art Direction
Bill Inglot Remastering
Geoff Sykes Remastering
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
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