A1-81276 Fables
Produced by J.L. Ponty
Released on September 1985
US CHART POSITION #166 . . . US JAZZ ALBUMS CHART POSITION #9
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K RONOMYTH 23.0: PUSS ‘N YOOTS. After a couple of underwhelming digital DIY albums in which it appeared Jean-Luc might morph into a cyborg, the refreshing Fables appeared. Ponty hired a pair of talented young unknowns, Scott Henderson and Baron Browne, and retained the services of drummer Rayford Griffin to assemble his strongest quartet in years. The new blood seemed to revive the aging master, who recorded some of his most vibrant and creative music in years. The songs still feature the by-now-familiar mix of digital sequencer patterns and Synclavier accompanied by stringed flights of fancy, so Fables isn’t a departure from his Atlantic opuses. Instead, it’s a stretch along that fantastic journey begun with Once Upon The Wings of Music where the sights and sounds re-engage the senses through fresh exotica. Whether on the Hackettsian nightmare of “Radioactive Legacy” or the invigorating “Infinite Pursuit” (the obvious offspring of an Open Mind, I wrote earlier), Ponty and company return to the middle world of prog and fusion from whence most of us first met the maestro. As I’ve pointed out earlier (and after), Ponty’s Atlantic albums are essentially slices of the same cake; some pieces have more icing, some are more substantial. Fables is a better mix of sweetness and substance than most, likely to please fusion fans as well as those who appreciate new age atmospherics. Note that the record runs on the short side, so it’s more conducive to a meditative nap than a long journey (i.e., more hare than tortoise).

A1-81276 back cover
A1-81276 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. INFINITE PURSUIT    5:58
  2. ELEPHANTS IN LOVE    5:21
  3. RADIOACTIVE LEGACY    6:16
  4. CATS TALES    4:54
  5. PERPETUAL RONDO    4:42
  6. IN THE KINGDOM OF PEACE    4:03
  7. PLASTIC IDOLS    3:58

    All music composed and orchestrated by J.L. Ponty

CREDITS

J.L. PONTY -- Zeta violin, Barcus-Berry violin, Synclavier, Prophet, sequencer, electronic percussion, synthesizers, effects
BARON BROWNE -- bass
RAYFORD GRIFFIN -- drums
SCOTT HENDERSON -- guitar
Peter R. Kelsey -- recording and mixing engineer
Claudia Ponty -- cover concept, titles and art direction
Jonathan Exley -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 1985 Atlantic LP 81276  
BRA 1985 Atlantic LP 20135  
MEX 1985 Atlantic LP LWA 6469  
US July 1987 Atlantic CD 81276  

 

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