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Live album · 1979

Filed under Fusion
By JEAN-LUC PONTY

Tracklist

Aurora
A1 Part I 2:54
A2 Part II 6:37
Imaginary Voyage
A3 Part III 4:05
A4 Part IV 7:15
B1 Mirage 5:52
B2 No Strings Attached 5:58
B3 Egocentric Molecules 7:24

Total Time: 39:59

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Ralphe Armstrong
Drums – Casey Scheuerell
Guitar – Jamie Glaser, Joaquin Lievano
Keyboards – Allan Zavod, Jean-Luc Ponty
Violin [Electric], Composed By, Orchestrated By – Jean-Luc Ponty

About this release

Atlantic – SD 19229 (US)

Recorded live in December 1978 during a concert tour in the U.S. with the Wally Heider Mobile Studio and the Record Plant Mobile Studio, both from Los Angeles, California.

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moodyxadi
This album was my introduction for all jazz things. I'm not a jazz aficcionado although I really like bebop and some fusion. Coming from a classic rock background I never care to any jazz til this album came to my hands. It was an wonderful experience because it keeps all the rock energy I was used to blended with that classic jazz/fusion touch. From then on I started to seek Ponty's stuff wherever I was. It came to be that it was his Atlantic years that touch me most and this album is a short but elegant sum of his Alantic output at the time. All in all you have a wonderful band where I must mention Ralphe Armstrong and Casey Scheuerell as the obvious rivals to the man himself. It's a pity there isn't any video from this tour (only the Montreal 82 VOIO is closer but then only keyboard man Zavod is present), it would be great.

If any of you really likes this album I strongly recommend the Lampinski recording of the Pawtucket concert in 1978.
Sean Trane
By the end of 78, Ponty had a bunch of albums recorded after having resumed his solo career after stints with Zappa and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Most of his 70’s albums are fairly similar to each other, hovering around a Fusion jazz-rock so typical of the time, which had many qualities but could also at times approach elevator music. To actually designate an album where you could start your investigations would be rather difficult as all albums are fairly even in quality. One of the best advice I could give to a Ponty rookie is to try out this live album where obviously are weeded-out the quieter almost-muzak moments of his studio albums.

Among the better and livelier moments are the Aurora excerpts and the finale of Imaginary Voyage which are wise choices. Although the live versions are fairly close to the studio version, there is a little more presence and enthusiasm in this album. This just about deals with the first side of the album, which goes by rather quick driven a frenetic-paced 100mph JR/F.

The second side is giving more variety in styles (while staying typically Ponty-esque) with the reflective Mirage (and its haunting synth line dominating the track), while the No Strings Attached presents Ponty on his own with loops and sequencers which were most likely state of the art (the crowd is appreciative), but this is the low point (all things considered) of the album as it has maybe not aged that well nowadays. The closing Egocentric Molecules insure that the fusion of the album is chemically complete and the show successful. Wise decision to have let the album issued as a single vinyl, though.

Warmly recommended as a proper intro to Ponty’s more “prestigious” period where he held a high profile and his band was made of highly talented jazz musos bringing the collective virtuosity levels to monstrous levels.

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