Wednesday 20 September 2017
Ponty. Jean Luc - Cosmic Messenger (1979)
The tenth album from this French artist.
Jean Luc Ponty on violins had support from a quintet who provided guitars, bass, drums, percussions, synths, organ and piano.
Jean Luc Ponty had made a total clear out from the setup who made Enigmatic Ocean back in 1977. An album I really liked.
In comes five unknown musicians and a more world music approach.
There is a lot of African rhythms here and some tabla and percussions. There is also a lot of synths here in addition to some guitars and a lot of Jean Luc Ponty's violins.
The music on this forty minutes long album is pretty laidback with some melancholic pieces of music. There is also some fusion here and we get some reminders of what Jean Luc did in Mahavishnu Orchestra and on his own albums like for example Enigmatic Ocean.
The end result is not bad at all. But it is rather a let down from Enigmatic Ocean. An album I love. I do not love Cosmic Messenger. That's for sure.
The end result is somewhere between decent and good, I am afraid. And I am disappointed.