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  • Audio CD (January 31, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000008C0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. The Trans-Love Express
3. Mirage
4. Enigmatic Ocean - Part I
5. Enigmatic Ocean - Part II
6. Enigmatic Ocean - Part III
7. Enigmatic Ocean - Part IV
8. Nostalgic Lady
9. The Struggle Of The Turtle To The Sea - Part I
10. The Struggle Of The Turtle To The Sea - Partii
11. The Struggle Of The Turtle To The Sea - Part III

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Great Jazz/Fusion Album.
TXDrummer
He plays the first solo, then plugs in a wah pedal and grabs a pick and plays that thing like a lead guitar!
Paul Oberlin
Enigmatic Ocean is Ponty's masterpiece and possibly the best Fusion CD ever.
Jeff Arenson

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Arenson on February 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Enigmatic Ocean is Ponty's masterpiece and possibly the best Fusion CD ever. The line up is second to none; Holdsworth,Smith, Stuermer, Armstrong and Zavod all add to the amazing auditory tapestry that Jean-Luc has created. No single recording has ever combined Classical compostion, Jazz improvisation, Funky bass, and delivered it in a high energy rock context like Enigmatic Ocean has. Every tune on this disc is a highlight. "Nostalgic Lady" is Ponty and Holdsworth showcasing their talents in one of the non-suites. The music revolves around a bass line and a simple(By Jean-Luc standards)melody. Both soloists are amazing. "Mirage" features Ponty and keyboardist Zavod. The piece is one of Jean-Luc's best and both Jean-Luc and Alan are mesmerizing. "Enigmatic Ocean" is a suite and is one of the greatest things that I have ever heard. The piece opens with an intro and then a melody. From there Ponty, Zavod, Stuermer, and Holdsworth trade fours over the rhythm of the duo of Armstrong and Smith. Next a funky groove is established and Holdsworth and Ponty fly over it. Finally the original theme is brought back and the masterpiece ends. "The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea" is another suite and is also unbelievable. The first movement contains a Zavod solo. The mood changes and Ponty does what he does so well. Next the mood changes again and Armstrong and Stuermer are both spectacular. Finally Holdsworth lends a hand in the outro. This piece is visual and one can picture the turtle reaching the beach and finally being freed into the sea. This is the best CD that Jean-Luc has released and will be until "Jean-Luc Ponty Live" is finally released by Atlantic.(The first one not Chene Park) GET THIS ONE NOW!!!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "jazzviolinist" on May 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Can't believe there are no reviews on this recording. If you're even thinking about getting a Ponty CD, this or Cosmic Messenger is the one. This band sounds so good; it is really beautiful. This music is very satisfying; it is in my opinion some of the best fusion of the '70s. And there is no one, absolutely no one, who plays the violin like Ponty does here. His solos are fiery, passionate, virtuosic, and dramatic, and his tone itself is mesmerizing. The band surrounding him is tight, and they create a wall of electric sound that is pure ecstasy to hear. You also get two great guitarists in Daryl Stuermer and Allan Holdsworth; and Allan Zavod on keyboards is great, too. This is an very highly recommended recording (I'm not the only one who thinks so; many fusion fans would agree). Don't miss it!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By budnicky on December 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It was Jean-Luc-Ponty who solidified my appreciation of jazz fusion and helped me to forever turn my back on the tired and noisy heavy metal garbage of the late seventies. I liked it loud and fast but wanted quality. Seeing Jean-Luc do this album in concert in October, 1977 made me an all time fan. The Enigmatic Ocean suite (especially part 3) showcases Ponty's genius as each part builds in energy to a level of musical brilliance that leaves you in awe. All the musicians on this album perform at Ponty's level and take their turn making you play the air wid 'em. Check out Ralph and Allan on the last track! This is the best fusion album of all time and is "Signature Jean-Luc."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TUCO H. on December 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
With this 1977 release Ponty created the ultimate fusion album, something that went WAY beyond just a perfect melding of Jazz and Rock and Classical (and a healthy if small dose of Indian music and modern music brought over from JLP's stints in Mahavishnu and Zappa's Mothers) to also strike a perfect balance into the ambient dreamy soundscapes created by people like Jean-Michel Jarre on "Oxygene," Vangelis on "L'Apocalypse des Animaux," CAN on "Future Days" & Brian Eno on "Another Green World." This strand of the multi-level fusion only a man of Ponty's ambition would even dare attempt, had already borne excellent fruits on "Imaginary Voyage" and "Aurora," two previous classics that paved the way for the perfect album to follow. By this time Ponty was well into composing in textures like a painter and instructed Alan Zavod to concentrate on creating textures and colors on his synthesizers. In fact, the synths, the guitars and the violin concentrate on laying down textures and utmost attention is paid to sound quality and tone and the feel or 'impression' derived from this. The groovy repetitive ostinato basslines (by ex-Mahavishnu hold-over Ralphe Armstrong) that became a cliche on later Ponty albums are in perfect synergistic synthesis here with the rest of the music. Just enough ambience is provided in the textures and polyrhythmic grooves to put you in just the most perfect trancelike state needed, not too sleepy, not too funky, not too jarring or spastic, setting the perfect platform for the incredible solos designed to make your dream state take-off and soar to ever-higher plateaus, culminating somewhere in outer space.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Gaydos on June 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first noticed Jean-Luc-Ponty back in 1969 when he did some gigs with Frank Zappa. I saw this album in 77' and thought what the heck, and gave it a try. Not trying to classify it at the time as jazz or fusion or whatever else people try to catagorize it as, I was flat out floored. Played it strong for a few years and then never heard it again until recently as I rebuild a huge library of music from the 60's and 70's with my son. This music is as great today as it was then. A masterful piece of work with a very tight band. Playing this music today for people is humorous because they have no idea it is from the seventies. It can appear as a current piece of work by a modern progressive jazz or new age performer. It is that good. I am more impressed with this music today than I was back when I bought the original LP. This is a must have just to show the diversity of our music culture at the time. It was a very progressive period and this is one of the great by-products that evolved from that time period. Enigmatic Ocean is a true masterpiece that you will enjoy no matter what your age.
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