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STORYTELLING

Jean-Luc Ponty

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.09 | 17 ratings

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Guillermo
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4 stars I bought this album in 1991, also as a low-price offer L.P., but now in a bookstore which also sells records (now it only sells CDs, not LP.s anymore). I wasn`t disappointed. I can say that I found a very good album, better that I expected. This is my favourite album (with "Live at Chene Park") of all the albums that I have listened from J.L Ponty. So good that years later I bought it again in the CD format. It is a very melodic album, very accessible, maybe a bit "pop jazz" in style, with very good recording.

In this album, Ponty also played and programmed some keyboards apart of playing the violins. He is again accompanied very well by Rayford Griffin (drums) and Baron Browne (bass), but the guitars (played by Jamie Glaser) again have a prominent place, and the keyboards (played by Wally Minko) now included more the use of pianos.

The album starts with "In the Fast Lane", with all keyboards played by Ponty. It is a "fast song", with a very good electric violin solo. The next song is "Tender Memories", one of my favourites, with good keyboards by Minko and Patrice Rushen and a soprano sax solo played by the late Grover Washington Jr. "Spring Episode" has keyboards played again only by Ponty. "Pastoral Harmony" is a peaceful song played with acoustic instruments, including a classical violin and a very good guitar solo. It is also one of my favourite songs of this album.

Side Two of the old L.P. starts with another "peaceful" song called "The Story Teller". The next song is called "The Amazon Forest", with percussion played by Kurt Worman and a good piano solo played by Minko. This song is followed by "After the Storm", which has a very "progressive" start with complicated scales and very good drums. Patrice Rushen plays a very good keyboard solo in this song.The next song, "A Journey`s End", is more Jazz-Rock in style in comparison to the previous songs of the album, more "heavy", and it is the best of this album, IMO. All the musicians shine in this song, particularly Minko playing a very good keyboard solo, and also very good drums by Griffin. The last song of this album, "Chopin Prelude No. 20 (with violin improvisation)" is played by Ponty with a classical violin acompanied in the piano by his daughter Clara Ponty (now she is also a professional musician releasing her own albums). It is maybe the less intersting song, IMO.

In conclusion: a very good album, very accessible, very melodic.

Guillermo | 4/5 |

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