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The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience With the George Duke Trio

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Audio CD, August 4, 1993

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Foosh
  2. Pamukkale
  3. Contact
  4. Cantaloupe Island
  5. Starlight, Starbright

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 4, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002QZ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Jean Luc Ponty's Experience with the George Duke Trio is a really good jazz album that showcases Jean Luc Ponty's aggressive style of violin soloing. First of all it needs to be said this album was recorded very badly. It's really poor in sound quality. Very muffled in that regard. However ignoring that you'll be sure to enjoy the music if you're familiar with the work of George Duke and especially Jean Luc Ponty since he's mainly the one who's getting the attention here.

"Foosh" opens with Jean Luc's trademark violin riffs and soloing (an extended solo at that). This is all VERY melodic of course, as one would expect from Jean's work. Every note burns, sooths and excites all at once. While the sound quality might not be up to par, you can really get a firm grasp on the work that would later make Jean Luc a household name in the world of violin jazz when the mid 70's came around and he found commercial success. The keyboard solo later is just as spectacular as well going for a dreamier feel in contrast to Jean's wild violin skills. The bass guitar solo at the end is a bit sloppy before closing with some clunky violin/drumming disjointedness but otherwise this song's a clear winner.

"Damukkale" opens with dreamy/heavenly violin soloing. Jean feels like he's in his own little amazing otherworld while this part is going on. Meanwhile some nice keyboard work plays innocently in the background. A few minutes in the rhythm starts grooving as Jean continues to place me in a heavenly state.
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Format: Audio CD
3 1/2

Another amazing live performance from the undisputed master of violin jazz fusion (as if he had many competitors) may be a pleasant addition for fans already rounding out their collection of Mr. Ponty's dazzling technical proficiencies, but avoids wider recognition from a sometimes rambling disharmony paired with a less then flattering production.
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