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CD reissue of this 1982 album from the French-born Jazz Fusion violinist whose pioneering work has seen him ranked along side the renowned St‚phane Grappelli. Jean-Luc Ponty has had numerous bestselling albums from the 1970s through the present day. Mystical Adventures reached #44 on the Billboard charts. It features Randy Jackson on bass.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mystical Adventures (Suite):
  2. Part I
  3. Part II
  4. Part III
  5. Part IV
  6. Part V
  7. Rhythms Of Hope
  8. As
  9. Final Truth:
  10. Part I
  11. Part II
  12. Jig


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B006HLBCYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm surprised that this is the first review of one of JLP's finest recordings ever. While JLP's classic '70's works like "Enigmatic Ocean" and "Cosmic Messenger" get most of the attention (and, yes, they are good records), this vintage 1982 record, IMHO, tops them all.
For starters, it is a much better produced effort, with Ponty's violin recorded better than ever, and backed up by a very tight band. They pick up the tricky chord and time changes in the opening Mystical Adventures Suite with no apparent effort at all. The other songs (side 2 of the original LP) includes some pretty decent bass licks by Randy Jackson in "Rhythms of Hope" and energetic violin playing on "Final Truth, Part I" backed forcefully by Billy Cobham disciple Rayford Griffen on drums. To this day I'm still puzzled by the decision to cover the minor Stevie Wonder hit "As", but Ponty does nothing to disgrace the tune.
Looking back, "Mystical Adventures" was sort of an end of an era for Ponty's music; throughout the rest of the eighties he experimented with different instrument lineups with mixed results. He also ended the pattern of stringing together songs into a suite every other album. It was a shame that he changed his style somewhat after "Mystical Adventures" just when he just starting to get the old style down to near perfection.
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By T. Ray on November 8, 2001
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I discovered JL P in 1984 and bought his then current album and worked my way back in time. I've only owned about seven of Ponty's works and Mystical Adventures is his formost work of these. Catagorizing it is the hard part unless you're already familiar with his work: pre-elecronica, fusion jazz, new age, or all of the above.
One thing that helps set this collection apart is they way it comes together as one work. Each track (with the possible exception of #9 Final Truth Part II) is complimentary and thematic. These songs come together and form an evocative environment that can be engaged or ignored. In the foreground of your consciousness MA (Mystical Adventures) is ripe for study by music majors and thoe who value emotional/spiritual content. If left in the background MA is great during meditation, study, sleep, light housework or reading. It doesn't demand your attention or force an emotion but lingers nearby and subtly accentuates empathy.
MA is a little drowsy for a mainstream audience but is a must have for fans of new-age, fusion and Ponty
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If you don't already know, the bassist on this album is Randy Jackson the American Idol judge. since he is an incredible bassist he picked up right where Ralphe Armstrong (Ponty's former bassist) left off and didn't miss a note. Incredible bass work on Rhythm Of Hope and Final Truth. As far as compisitions and musicianship this is one of Ponty's greatest efforts. This is my personal favorite Ponty album also. This album won best Jazz album Grammy in 1983.
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This is the final record Jean-Luc Ponty made with suites, and he goes out with a bang, putting 2 on this one. The first suite, Mystical Adventures, sounds like the title. Mystical. I love it. And each part smoothly goes into the next. It's a very mysterious piece, almost like the album cover. I imagine a forest with fog. And then the 2nd is Final Truth, a short but sweet melody. He also covers Stevie Wonder's "As" on this record, and does a good job. Overall, an excellent album.
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If you do not give this album 5 stars you are not a true Ponty fan. Shame on you Amazon for not getting the track list correct.
1 - Mystical Adventures Part I
2 - Mystical Adventures Part II
3 - Mystical Adventures Part III
4 - Mystical Adventures Part IV
5 - Mystical Adventures Part V
6 - Rhythms Of Hope
7 - As
8 - Final Truth Part I
9 - Final Truth Part II
10 - Jig
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Have been a Jean-Luc Ponty fan since the mid 70s. This was the first one I heard and I've been a fan ever since. I think this is his best album. He has quite a few good songs on other albums but overall this album is the best overall.
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WOW! Normally I'm very skeptical to proceed with the 80's work of artists that were more well-known or groundbreaking in the 60's and 70's, but Mystical Adventures being this awesome is NOT something I saw coming! Seriously, Jean Luc Ponty hit a grandslam with this album. Mystical Adventures IS in the same league as his more successful 70's albums in almost every category. Perhaps if there's one complaint it's that some of the tendencies of the 80's occasionally stumble their way into the music (the oberheim 8 voice from the chorus of "As" most notable) but otherwise no faults whatsoever!

The first half of the album is all about the Mystical Adventures suite. It clocks in at over 20 minutes. "Part I" is the calm before the... well not necessarily storm since the piece doesn't rock or dazzle like one would expect. It's a gradual increase in intensity throughout the entire suite. Anyway "Part I" features a colder sound that wasn't evident on Jean's 70's albums. The rhythm is okay at best and unfortunately the violins sort of remain quiet in the background. Not a good first impression but you know what I think about first impressions? They can be tossed out the window because "Part II" occurs. But wait. The suit is *still* not ready to win me over. Not quite yet! The piano is okay but restrained and the violin, while more noticeable here than in "Part I", is not nearly as fiery or intense as usual but it IS the high point of this song.

Around the 6-minute point which I guess is "Part III" but maybe not, nice unexpected marching drums come in. I originally thought I was hearing flutes here but on repeated listens they may be something else. Anyway they sound lullaby-ish with nice violins afterwards with memorable bass and slick guitar soloing. But wait!
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