Progrography

Jean-Luc Ponty
Everone can use a little electric (or electronic) violin in their life, and Jean-Luc Ponty is perhaps the best way to experience it. Brief stints with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa led to Ponty's own brand of jazz fusion, which gave equal time to synthesizers in the '80s. His Atlantic output is of a piece, ebullient music that features the violin atop percolating patterns. In the '90s, world music caught his attention and signalled a change in direction. I can't tell you why some consider Ponty progressive and not Chick Corea, although packaging might have something to do with it.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1964 JAZZ LONG PLAYING
1967 July SUNDAY WALK
1968 MORE THAN MEETS THE EAR
1969 ELECTRIC CONNECTION
1969 LIVE IN LOS ANGELES
1969 LIVE AT DONTE'S
1970 KING KONG
1972 LIVE AT MONTREUX (SONATA EROTICA)
1972 NEW VIOLIN SUMMIT
1973 OPEN STRINGS
1973 December JEAN-LUC PONTY & STEPHANE GRAPELLI
1975 February UPON THE WINGS OF MUSIC
1975 AURORA
1976 Renaissance
1976 September IMAGINARY VOYAGE
1976 November New Country
1976 CANTELOUPE ISLAND
1977 September ENIGMATIC OCEAN
1978 COSMIC MESSENGER
1978 Cosmic Messenger
1979 LIVE
1979 August A TASTE FOR PASSION
1979 Beach Girl
1979 VIOLIN SUMMIT
1980 August CIVILIZED EVIL
1980 Demagomania
1982 January MYSTICAL ADVENTURES
1982 January As
1983 August INDIVIDUAL CHOICE
1983 Far From The Beaten Paths
1984 October OPEN MIND
1984 Open Mind
1985 September FABLES
1985 Infinite Pursuit
1987 September THE GIFT OF TIME
1989 August STORYTELLING
1989 In The Fast Lane
1991 May TCHOKOLA
1993 April 23 PUSS IN BOOTS
1993 August 3 NO ABSOLUTE TIME
1995 July 15 THE RITE OF STRINGS
1995 September JAZZ PORTRAIT
1996 January LE VOYAGE: THE JEAN-LUC PONTY ANTHOLOGY
1996 July JEAN-LUC PONTY WITH KURT EDELHAGEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA
1996 December? LIVE AT CHENE PARK
1997 June 17 HLP
2000 June 20 THE VERY BEST OF JEAN-LUC PONTY (a/k/a LES INCONTOURNABLES)
2001 May 8 THE BEST OF THE PACIFIC JAZZ YEARS
2001 August 21 LIFE ENIGMA
2002 March 12 THE BEST OF JEAN-LUC PONTY
2002 July 23 LIVE AT SEMPER OPERA
2004 August 3 JEAN-LUC PONTY IN CONCERT
2007 May 8 THE ACATAMA EXPERIENCE
2007 September 3 HUMAIR LOUISS PONTY VOLUME 1
2007 September 3 HUMAIR LOUISS PONTY VOLUME 2

SEE ALSO...
Ponty-a-Plenty [Discography]
FRANK ZAPPA discography
Chick Corea: My Spanish Heart
Elton John: Honky Chateau

 

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