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Jean Luc Ponty: Live at Semper Opera

Read "Live at Semper Opera" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Few would debate violinist Jean Luc Ponty’s pioneering ways within the early 70s fusion movement, whereas the artist did introduce a novel approach to melding the violin with the jazz vernacular. Decades pass, and Ponty continues to hone his craft via recent world beat efforts amid programmatic rhythmic foundations and utilization of synths. However, this outing recorded at a Dresden Germany located Opera House represents Ponty’s quintet at its finest! Marked by the stunningly beautiful 32 bit recording processes, the ...

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Jean-Luc Ponty: Life Enigma

Read "Life Enigma" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

A living legend looks both backwards and forwards, crafting unique music of profound elegance. It’s been a while since Jean-Luc Ponty graced us with a solo album of this caliber. His rewarding detour into The Rite of Strings is behind him for now as the electric violinist revisits the pop-jazz fusion that made him a megastar in the 70s and 80s. Life Enigma is no regression, however. The pop consciousness of his past is transfigured into a sound more appropriate ...

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Jean-Luc Ponty: Life Enigma

Read "Life Enigma" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his first solo release in seven years, famed jazz-fusion/world music violinist, Jean Luc Ponty also utilizes various digital instruments along with assistance from others on selected works. Here, the violinist contends that Life Enigma parallels a musical style that he explored during his late '70s Enigmatic Ocean and Cosmic Messenger outings. Expertly engineered, Ponty's latest features his often-crystalline performances on the “Zeta" electronic violins, as we would be hard pressed to have heard anything as immaculately recorded, thanks to ...


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