The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

by Jean-Luc Ponty


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The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2000
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227986223
catalogNumber: 279862

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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
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator

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