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Jean-Luc Ponty


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.96 | 72 ratings

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Rutgers Joe
4 stars Contrary to the biography here on, this (not "Aurora") is the beginning of the classic J-L P jazz/prog-rock era. J-L P was still a member of the (second) Mahavishnu Orchestra when this was recorded.

J-L P's classic pentology (quintology) began here (1975) and ended 3 1/2 years later with "Cosmic Messenger" (1978). In retrospect, a remarkably prolific run by the Frenchman...

This album contains less "flashy" playing from J-L P than his later albums, with more of a focus on maintaining the moods of the's a trade-off, but it worked, because as time goes on, this album remains enjoyable because of the focus on the melodies rather than "showing off"...

For those who crave lightning-fast "Pontyesque" solos, "Fight For Life" is the tune for you here. It's really that track and tracks 1-4 that make this an essential J-L P release.

1. Upon the Wings of Music **** (4) 2. Question With No Answer ***** (5) 3. Now I Know ***** (5) 4. Polyfolk Dance ***** (5) 5. Waving Memories *** (3) 6. Echoes of the Future *** (3) 7. Bowing Bowing **** (4) 8. Fight for Life ***** (5)

4 Stars - An excellent recording

Essential for J-L P fans.

Rutgers Joe | 4/5 |


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