Saturday 9 September 2017
Ponty. Jean Luc - Enigmatic Ocean (1977)
The ninth album from this French artist.
Jean Luc Ponty on violin was joined by a quintet with a lineup of guitars, percussion, bass, drums, piano, clavinet, organ and synth.
The guitarists here are Allan Holdsworth and Daryl Stuermer. That is two of the best guitarists in the scene back in 1977... I say no more.
I was not really blown away by his 1976 album Imaginary Voyage. Too few good tracks and a bit too wishy washy for my liking. Too dull too. See my review here.
1977 sees him teaming up with Allan Holdsworth in addition to keeping on Daryl Stuermer from the Imaginary Voyage album. The result is big fireworks.
I love the first Mahavishnu Orchestra albums because of their intensity and godlike musicianship. It is obvious that Jean Luc Ponty, who played violin on those albums, have taken this album pretty close to those albums. It sounds like it.
The duets between the guitars and the violin is excellent and exactly why I purchased these albums. There is also some very good synths and keyboards here. The six tracks on this forty-five minutes long album is all great.
In short, this is a great, unmissable fusion album which will send most people into a state of euphoria.