|A Taste For Passion|
|Produced by Jean-Luc Ponty|
|Released on August 1979|
|US CHART POSITION #54 . . . US JAZZ ALBUMS CHART POSITION #4|
|Find it at GEMM|
|SD 19253 cover
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O r how I stopped worrying about being a middle-aged werewolf and learned to love the violin. (Sorry, I couldn’t let that album cover pass unmolested.) A Taste for Passion is Jean-Luc Ponty’s most commercial album to date, with warm melodies and accessible arrangements that downplay the electric violin by giving equal time to the electric guitar. In fact, everyone has come up in the mix: the bass, drums and keyboards are no longer obscured by Ponty’s gratuitous solos but instead contribute as equal partners in the music. His earlier albums on Atlantic often utilized complex patterns that were repeated while the violin soared overhead; here that occurs only sparingly. By slowing things down, Ponty puts the emphasis on pretty music. “Stay with Me” sounds like Steve Hackett at his most lyrical, “Beach Girl” utilizes a variety of interesting ideas including a nice acoustic guitar solo from Joaquin Lievano. While a track like “Give Us a Chance” is a throwback to his earlier music, even here Ponty opens up the arrangement to include more space and find time for all of the instruments. The result often feels like “smooth” jazz rather than fusion, but that shouldn’t scare off Ponty’s fans. In fact, they may wonder why he didn’t think of this sooner. One knock on his earlier albums was the violin uber alles aesthetic; by letting his band carry their share of the weight the violin doesn’t lose its freshness. The closing “Farewell” for example balances the violin with Ralphe Armstrong’s fretless bass, and it’s a better song for it. Most of Jean-Luc Ponty’s Atlantic records live or die by his violin solos; A Taste for Passion will win or lose fans for its melodies. All things considered, this is a successful change of pace, even while it sacrifices the violin virtuosity of previous efforts.
|SD 19253 back cover|
JEAN-LUC PONTY -- violin, organ, electric piano, grand piano
RALPHE ARMSTRONG -- electric fretless bass, solo
JAMIE GLASER -- electric guitar, solos
JOAQUIN LIEVANO -- electric & acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer, solos
CASEY SCHEUERELL -- drums, percussion
ALLAN ZAVOD -- keyboards, synthesizer solos, synthesizer programming
Allan Gelbard -- synthesizer programming
Ed E. Thacker -- engineer
Gary Heery -- photography
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||August 1979||Atlantic||LP/CS||SD 19253|
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