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ENIGMATIC OCEAN

Jean-Luc Ponty

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.26 | 365 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars This is indeed another excellent fusion album by Ponty, the instrumental interplay has always been very good but it reaches new heights here and inclusion of Holdsworth is a great choice. As one reviewer above says, apart from the usual guitar and violin solos, we shall not forget very potential rhythm section with hungry bass playing and competent and dynamic drums. Compositions are very good but not necessarily better than on the predecessor. "The trans-love express" is the first highlight, a short one but with excellent drumming. "Mirage" explores a mid-tempo violin territory, other players saving power for the hell to come ;).

The title suite is one of the best by Ponty and proves how versatile the band was -> fast-paced dazzling speed in the second part with breathtaking intensity, more symphonic introductory 1st part, the third part with guitar and bass guitar plaing busy. "Nostalgic lady" is not so much a melancholy piece but has a nice memorable motive with a typical Holdsworth solo.

Another suite, "Struggle Of The Sea Turtle" has a powerful and non-conventional bass/drum rhythm pattern and all players get the best out of them.

Ponty managed to bind different instruments together similar to Mahavishnu Orchestra but gave a fairer share of space to all players and as a result, there are no B players here.

4.5 stars deserved.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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