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Like other jazz fusion heroes from the 1970s who haven't succumbed to smooth jazz, Jean-Luc Ponty incorporates elements from the acid jazz and drum 'n' bass scenes in Europe. With his first studio album in seven years, there's evidence that the French violinist may have been hitting the Paris nightclubs during his time away from the studio, specifically on the tracks "Signals from the Planet Earth" and "The Infinite Human Caravan." Only the opening track harks back to Ponty's self-absorbed period in the '80s, when his computer work overshadowed his violin playing. On the other two tracks, we get just his instrument and machines. Ponty seems to have matured into a programmer who won't let the computer take away from his status as a world-class violinist--good news, certainly, for his fans, who'd much rather hear his sterling electric violin. While Ponty works here mostly with a bassist and two percussionists, pianist William Lecomte makes his presence known with solid solos on two selections, and fretless bassist Guy Nsangue Akwa shines throughout. Life Enigma is easily Ponty's best album since the string of records he made for Atlantic ended 20 years ago. --Mark Ruffin
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 5 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Jlp Productions
- Date First Available : February 10, 2007
- Label : Jlp Productions
- ASIN : B00005N8ZD
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,959 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The 1st track is so beautifully hypnotic, Msr Ponty MUST have gotten the melody... well... from ABOVE - as the title ("Two Thousand One Years Ago") suggests...
How about a Live Concert DVD to follow up this effort, for the rest of us mere-mortals, to view and listen 2001 times every year?!?!?!?
This disc is completely satisfying. You can count on listening to this music MANY times and enjoying every one of them.
Thanks for the great music Jean Luc!
From an emotional point of view, the songs are very introspective and filled with an undefinable spiritual longing, which is reinforced by the song titles. This is very personal, of course, but I can't avoid wondering about the vastness of the universe and how lonely and isolated we are from everything else in it, when I listen to this music. I asked Jean Luc what he was thinking about when writing this album, and he told me that first the music comes, and then he finds a title fit for it, sometimes easily, sometimes not so easily. He says that there is nothing "consciously" spiritual about his music, but it may be inspired by some "deep emotion" he may be feeling at the time. Then he told me: "Music is about sharing and it's the best way for me to break away from feeling "lonely among all". He is right... creating and sharing your creation with the world can unite people in a wonderful way. I do think this music came right from his "soul", consciously or unconsciously.
I only wish it would be released in some high definition format, like DVD-Audio or SACD, so we could listen to the recordings in all its uncompressed glory.
This is surely one of the best albums in my entire collection. I can't recommend it enough.
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方向性がアフリカンに傾倒しだしてから先の2枚はタイムリーに購入したのだが あまり聴く気にならず PONTYから
最近アトランティックのBOXセットを買い 年代順にMDに4倍で落として車で流していたら「NO ABSOLUTE …」も悪くないね
と思いだし7年を経て本作を購入 まあ試聴できるようにもなっていたので ある程度聴いて「まあ こんなもんだろう」
位の気持ちでいたが アルバムをフルに聴くと 試聴ではまったく伝わっていないことが分かる
大半がJEAN LUCの一人パフォーマンスだが やはりバンドスタイルの曲が聴きごたえがある
10.AND LIFE GOES ON の後半ではいるBASSソロはなかなかCOOLだ
アルバムテーマがしっかりしていて良い楽曲が続く エレクトリック スム－ス ジャズ ですかねv（￣ε￣）