CK 40983 The Gift of Time
Produced by J.L. Ponty
Released on September? 1987
US TOP CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUMS CHART POSITION #5
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CK 40983 cover
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Y ou’d be forgiven for thinking this a gift twice given. Despite the label change, Jean-Luc Ponty continued on his smooth course, plying the same gentle waves of progressive muzak (I won’t call it pro-zak if you don’t). Though giving this album the nod over an Individual Choice might seem idle musing, The Gift of Time is a fitting followup to Fables. The kaleidoscopic patterns of sound shift with purpose, the melodies are flush with emotion and optimism, the rhythm section is a palpable presence. Personally, I found Fables more refreshing, but The Gift of Time is the better album of intricate computerfusion. Perhaps it was the two years between releases that allowed Ponty to hone these compositions. Whatever the reason, these songs feel like the product of much fine-tuning, humming along like the workings of a Swiss watch warmed by sunlight. Ponty is careful not to lose sight of the human element, an aspect sometimes obscured in his early romance with electronic music. “Faith In You” for example makes an emotional connection with the listener hardly synonymous with the Synclavier. The remainder of the record is rarely less than interesting, exploring mathematical options on “Metamorphosis” or ambient tones on “Introspective Perceptions.” Honestly, most of Ponty’s music reminds me of Jean-Michel Jarre: electronic music with a human touch and an ear for pretty melodies. Maybe it’s the hyphen. Both provide the listener with a refuge from reality, though neither offers more than momentary escape. When the music ends, the spell is dispelled and mundane reality sets in again.

CK 40983 back sleeve
CK 40983 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. PROLOGUE
  2. NEW RESOLUTIONS
  3. FAITH IN YOU
  4. NO MORE DOUBTS
  5. BETWEEN SEA AND SKY
  6. METAMORPHOSIS
  7. INTROSPECTIVE PERCEPTIONS
  8. THE GIFT OF TIME

    All music composed and orchestrated by J.L. Ponty

CREDITS

JEAN-LUC PONTY -- violin, synclavier, effects, prophet-5, electronic percussion
BARON BROWNE -- bass
RAYFORD GRIFFIN -- drums, percussion
PAT THOMI -- guitar
David Hentschel -- engineer, mixing
Daved Levitan -- front cover painting
Jonathan Exley -- back cover photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September? 1987 Columbia LP/CD/CS FC/CK/FCT 40983  
    CBS LP 460436  
EUR May 22, 1995 Sony 2CD 478577 repackaged w. STORYTELLING

 

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