Wednesday 10 January 2018
Ponty. Jean Luc - No Absolute Time (1992)
The 20th album from this French musician.
Jean Luc Ponty on violins was helped out by numerous other musicians on this album. Most of them from Africa.
His previous album, the 1991 album Tchokola was a poor album. It was Jean Luc Ponty on the top of some African music and rhythms. The culture clash was too much to handle for an album. You can read my review of that album here.
The African rhythms is still here. And they are good too. The big difference here between this album and Tchokola is that Jean Luc Ponty plays his music and his version of fusion on the top of these African rhythms.
We get a fusion on this album. Not only between rock and jazz. But we also get a fusion between two different cultures, two different worlds and two different kinds of music. That is not a culture clash where one culture tries to kill of the other culture.... and suceed. This album is a meeting of two cultures where both cultures is given space and time to breathe.
No Absolute Time is indeed a fusion. And the music is also fusion too. A fusion of African music, jazz and rock.
The opening tracks No Absolute Time and Savannah is very good. The rest ranges from decent to good. This album is most definate a step in the right direction for Jean Luc Ponty and one I really like. It is also an exciting album in it's own right. Check it out.