JEAN-LUC PONTY : THE BEST OF THE PACIFIC JAZZ YEARS (1968-1969)
Violin Virtuoso (+ a bit of FZ)
Classically trained,Jean Luc Ponty made his name in Europe in the mid sixties as the Coltrane of the violin for his dazzling technique and brilliant improvising abilities.After making his US debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967,he was signed by Pacific Jazz Records.In two brief years,he made several albums in a variety of settings including the George Duke trio and Gerald Wilson's big band.His final album "King Kong" was devoted to the music of Frank Zappa and became his springboard into the world of fusion.These initial U.S. recordings reveal a mature virtuoso equally comfortable with the compositions of Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter and the more rockish work of Zappa and the Beatles.Featuring George Duke,Bud Shank,Ernie Watts, Frank Zappa,Daniel Humair,Ian Underwood and others.
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