Friday 13 October 2017
Ponty. Jean Luc - Civilized Evil (1980)
The twelfth album from this French artist.
Jean-Luc Ponty on violin had help from a quintet on this album. They provided guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. Daryl Stuermer is included in this quintet and he did a couple of guitar solos.
Jean-Luc Ponty had shown great form on the previous album after a couple of not so great albums. You will find the reviews somewhere else in this blog.
He and his violins returns to medium to intense fusion again on this album. OK, there is not enough guitars here though as the keyboards has taken too much space. Far too much space.
The eight tracks on this forty minutes long album is mostly dominated by keyboards and violins. The guitars plays a secondary role here. The bass and drums are not first rate either.
The music here is a bit laidback and not particular intense. I have heard and reviewed more laidback albums from him before so this album is at least an improvement and a change of speed from those albums. This album is by no means lounge-jazz or muzak.
The end result is a good and pretty cosy album which holds my attention. There is no real excitements on this album and it is also a bit short on interesting details too. But this album still works and it does not diminish his good reputation in my house.