Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jean-Luc Ponty - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, July 16, 1988 [FM]

Jean-Luc Ponty (born 29 September 1942) is a French virtuoso violinist and jazz composer.
Ponty was born into a family of classical musicians on 29 September 1942 in Avranches, France. His father taught violin, his mother taught piano. At sixteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, graduating two years later with the institution's highest honor, Premier Prix (first prize). In turn, he was immediately hired by one of the major symphony orchestras, Concerts Lamoureux, in which he played for three years. While still a member of the orchestra in Paris, Ponty picked up a side gig playing clarinet (which his father had taught him) for a college jazz band that regularly performed at local parties. It proved a life-changing jumping-off point. A growing interest in the jazz sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane compelled him to take up the tenor saxophone. One night after an orchestra concert and still wearing his formal tuxedo, Ponty found himself at a local club with only his violin. Within four years, he was widely accepted as the leading figure in "jazz fiddle." (from wikipedia)

Jean-Luc Ponty
Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland
July 16, 1988

Source:  FM Stereo Broadcast

Quality: Excellent (A/+)


Jean-Luc Ponty - Electric Violin
Jamie Glaser - Guitar
Baron Browne - Bass
Rayford Griffin - Drums
Wally Minko - Keys


1. Enigmatic Ocean Suite
2. Infinite Pursuit
3. Faith In You
4. No More Doubts
5. Between Sea and Sky
6. The Gift of Time
7. Violin Solo
8. Open Mind
9. Egocentric Molecules

Format: FLAC

Provided by barkndog 3/28/09.


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Dr. Fusion said...

Anonymous said...


This is such a stunning a recording, not only in sound quality but in the performance. I thought Ponty's bands of the 70s were tops, but this line-up really cooks. A spoonful of thanks to you for bringing this to our ears, and for reappearing here at your blog after such a long hiatus. Always a pleasure to taste your offerings. I am (we are) most grateful!! . . . . and more Ponty, s’il vous plaît!!

Dr. Fusion said...

You're welcome! Stay tuned for MORE Ponty ;-)