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Jean-Luc Ponty


Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars I bought this album in December 1987, as a low-price offer in a super-market. This is the first album of J.L. Ponty that I have listened after his "Aurora" album. I found several changes in his style. Being recorded in 1985, it was the first album that I had listened from him recorded in the 80s. His style then incorporated the use of sequencers, and modern technology like the use of the Synclavier. His music style also changed because it wasn`t very similar to his albums from the seventies, which were more "traditional Jazz-Rock", if I`m correct to say that. His music became more accessible, and he was also criticized because his music seemed more "mechanical" due to the use of sequencers. But despite all these changes, I still liked this album, fully recorded and mixed in the digital format, as the back cover says. Ponty himself played or programmed the keyboards, while also using some very good effects in his electric violins. The guitars also had a less prominent role.

"Infinity Pursuit" could be called the "more mechanical in sound" song of the album. It sometimes becomes monotonous, but it also sounds a bit "commercial". "Elephants in Love" has some very interesting keyboard sounds. I can imagine a scene with elephants in Africa while listening to this song. "Radiactive Legacy" also has very good keyboard sounds, with "dramatic" electric violin solos. This song sounds like a "warning to the radiactive legacy". I can feel the "danger", really.It is a serious song, really.

Side Two of the old L.P. starts with "Cats Tales", a song which has interesting changes in rhythm, and it is one of the songs were guitarist Scott Henderson shines, playing a very good guitar solo. "Perpetual Rondo" also has some interesting changes in rhythm, but it also has some monotonous melodies.

In all these previous songs, Ponty is accompanied very well by bassist Baron Browne and drummer Rayford Griffin. As I said before, the role of the guitars was less prominent, and guitarist Scott Henderson plays rhythm guitar most of the time.

The last two songs of the album were played by Ponty alone, using keyboards, sequencers and electric violins. "In the Kingdom of peace" is a song without percussion sounds, only played in a Synclavier and with electric violin solos. It is a really "peaceful" song. "Plastic Idols" has some interesting programmed percussion and interesting "digital effects" used with the violin. It is a very melodic song.

I agree tha t Ponty`s music became more accessible, but it was a good change,IMO.

Guillermo | 4/5 |


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