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ENIGMATIC OCEAN

Jean-Luc Ponty

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.28 | 222 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Jean-Luc Ponty has quite the pedigree, having played on "Hot Rats" by ZAPPA and "Visions Of The Emerald Beyond" by MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA.This record is not out of place among those great albums.

After the less than a minute opener "Overture", we have the uptempo "The Trans-Love Express" with the focus on the violin (surprise !) as well as some good bass and a guitar solo from Daryl Stuermer. "Mirage" has such a good beat to it, the drums are great throughout this song.The guitar melody is pretty cool too. "Enigmatic Ocean" is a four part song that begins with synths, followed by violin that just seems to build.

"PartII" features aggressive violin in an uptempo passage that is replaced by guitar followed by a synth run. A chance for the guys to each show their stuff. "Part III" has more guitar and violin, while "Part IV" sounds awesome with the violin melodies and more amazing drumming. "Nostaligic Lady" opens with piano and violin, but the drums and violin carry the song. Another good one ! "The Struggle Of The Turtle To The Sea" opens with "Part I", a slower paced song (it's turtles !) featuring drums, violin and synths."Part II" opens with piano and "Part III" is a jazzy tune , and check out the guitar solo from Allan Holdsworth !

There are so many solos on this record and the drumming really surprised me, all the guys play amazing !

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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