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3.28 | 23 ratings | 3 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro (0:17)
2. Parisian Thoroughfare (4:41)
3. Premonition (3:46)
4. Point Of No Return (6:47)
5. Back In The 60's (4:05)
6. Without Regrets (4:31)
7. Celtic Steps (5:54)
8. Desert Crossing (3:05)
9. Last Memories Of Her (5:23)
10. The Atacama Experience (2:03)
11. On My Way To Bombay (4:35)
12. Still In Love (5:09)
13. Euphoria (4:51)
14. To And Fro (4:21)

Total Time 59:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean Luc Ponty / violin, keyboards, synthesizer, Fx, producer
- William Lecomte / piano, keyboards
- Guy N'sangué Akwa / electric bass
- Thierry Arpino / drums
- Moustapha Cissé / percussion

- Allan Holdsworth / guitar (4)
- Philip Catherine / guitar (2,5,12)

Releases information

Artwork: Claudia Ponty (photo)

CD Koch ‎- KOC-CD-4233 (2007, US)

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JEAN-LUC PONTY Jean Luc Ponty & His Band: The Atacama Experience ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
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Review by snobb
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3 stars Jean-Luc Ponty is legendary violinist, participated in Frank Zappa's "Hot Rats" album and former member of Mahavishnu Orchestra. But few last decades his works weren't too attractive, often containing kind of new-age world fusion.

This album is possibly firs his stronger work in few last decades. The musician returned to more acoustic, jazzy sound. His violin sound is absolutely dominated on this record, and all other band is mostly back-up team to support JLP soloing.

The music generally is competent, but quite conservative. Mostly post-bop with some classical elements and world fusion. Violin sound is so front-placed during the mixing, that listener can miss some rare but interesting bass lines.

Possibly, attractive work for JLP violin sound fans, this album in whole is more his report from long career, than even small step ahead. Could be recommended for electric violin lovers and fans of contemporary jazz and post-bop.

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3 stars When you played all notes on the violin and as fast as physically possible for that many decades, what's more left to do? This album has a very Retro feel to it as if Ponty had returned to earliest roots of Jazz, Swing approach of about 45 years ago. But there are no fireworks here, no imposs ... (read more)

Report this review (#1330252) | Posted by Anon-E-Mouse | Monday, December 29, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I got this album a few months ago, and have been quite disapointed at first listening, i tried two or three spins and then put it on the shelves and forgot it.Finaly, i decided to give it a last chance and tried a new listening,god bless me! i was wrong ! Of course it doesn't peak at prior rel ... (read more)

Report this review (#302378) | Posted by jean-marie | Wednesday, October 6, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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