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Jean-Luc Ponty - Enigmatic Ocean CD (album) cover


Jean-Luc Ponty


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.26 | 365 ratings

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5 stars High Art Fusion

Jean -Luc Ponty's tour de force and possibly the finest jazz rock fusion recording of the glorious seventies A violin never sounded like this before. Ponty's consolidation of jazz, funk and rock combined with an understanding of classical music and modern electronic effects create a passionate tasteful futuristic sound that would characterize his music for the years to come. With enough solos to sink the Bismark, Ponty couldn't have selected his sidemen with less prudence. Explosive contributions from guitarists Alan Holdsworth and Daryl Stuermer, Ralphe Armstrong's funky bass ( with a superb solo to boot ) , Steve Smith's florid drumming and Allan Zavod's polychromatic keyboards provide the God of fusion violin with the most outstanding back-up power he ever had.

The tightly wound compositions themselves are beyond reproach and fluctuate in mood and timbre going from hypnotic to manic at times with no dull moments to be found on the two suite-like and three shorter pieces. Nobody could touch Ponty in 1977 and Enigmatic Ocean soared to # 1 on the Billboard jazz charts . If I met an alien who had just landed his spaceship in my back yard I would invite him in,dim the lights, offer him some wine and put Enigmatic Ocean on the turntable. This timeless masterpiece will sound as pristine as it did in the seventies fro years to come. Absolutely sublime.

Vibrationbaby | 5/5 |


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