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Jean-Luc Ponty, "Cosmic Messenger" - Vintage vinyl from 1978 - By renowned Jazz violinist - Jazz Fusion, Jazz/Rock

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Jean-Luc Ponty, "Cosmic Messenger" - Vintage vinyl from 1978 - By renowned Jazz violinist - Jazz Fusion, Jazz/Rock

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Release Date - 1978
Label - Atlantic SD 19189
Condition -

LP: 4+
Cover: 3+
Sleeve: 4

Includes -

Side One

1. "Cosmic Messenger"
2. "The Art of Happiness"
3. "Don't Let the World Pass You By"
4. "I Only Feel Good With You"


Side Two

1. "Puppets' Dance"
2. "Fake Paradise"
3. "Ethereal Mood"
4. "Egocentric Molecules"

Jean-Luc Ponty grew up in a musical family in Normandy, France. His parents were classical musicians, and Jean-Luc was heading in the same direction, when he discovered jazz. By day, he practiced classical violin, and at night, he gigged at jazz clubs around Paris. Eventually, he faced a choice -- and chose jazz. His talent brought him to the attention of several musicians in the US - including Frank Zappa, who wanted him to tour with his Mothers of Invention. Ponty didn't join the band, but he had made such an impression that Zappa composed the music for Ponty's first solo album, 1970's "King Kong". After that, he was in demand as a collaborator with such musical stars as Elton John, Stéphane Grappelli, John McLaughlin, (and the Mahavishnu Orchestra), Bela Fleck, Chic Corea and many others. At the same time, he released a series of solo albums, many of which went to the top of the jazz charts. His music is diverse -- at times, fusion jazz -- at other times, jazz-funk. Or, you might hear a track that is firmly rooted in Celtic music. In all of his recordings, he brings a sense of soloing that reminds some of John Coltrane in mid-career.

I was (and still am) a Frank Zappa fan. So, when I discovered Ponty's "King Kong" album (which I have played the grooves off of), I was enthralled and became a devoted fan. Despite getting a lot of turntable time, the vinyl is still quite clean. There are a few widely scattered clicks and pops (which might go away with good cleaning)... but nothing to detract from your enjoyment of this album. The cover is clean and solid, and shows just a hint of wear from living on a shelf for a number of years. The inner picture sleeve is dandy.

When Ponty began his jazz career, he faced an uphill battle from other jazz musicians, who weren't convinced that a violin should be art of a jazz band. It was through his musicianship (and that of fellow jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli), that today, jazz is welcoming to a whole range of non-traditional instruments. This is one of my favorites, for sure.



Condition Code:

5: Near Mint
4: Excellent
3: Very Good
2: Good
1. Fair

I rate each recording's quality only after carefully listening to the entire album.

Every LP has been lightly cleaned. All pictures of album covers in my listing are of the actual albums themselves.
Release Date - 1978
Label - Atlantic SD 19189
Condition -

LP: 4+
Cover: 3+
Sleeve: 4

Includes -

Side One

1. "Cosmic Messenger"
2. "The Art of Happiness"
3. "Don't Let the World Pass You By"
4. "I Only Feel Good With You"


Side Two

1. "Puppets' Dance"
2. "Fake Paradise"
3. "Ethereal Mood"
4. "Egocentric Molecules"

Jean-Luc Ponty grew up in a musical family in Normandy, France. His parents were classical musicians, and Jean-Luc was heading in the same direction, when he discovered jazz. By day, he practiced classical violin, and at night, he gigged at jazz clubs around Paris. Eventually, he faced a choice -- and chose jazz. His talent brought him to the attention of several musicians in the US - including Frank Zappa, who wanted him to tour with his Mothers of Invention. Ponty didn't join the band, but he had made such an impression that Zappa composed the music for Ponty's first solo album, 1970's "King Kong". After that, he was in demand as a collaborator with such musical stars as Elton John, Stéphane Grappelli, John McLaughlin, (and the Mahavishnu Orchestra), Bela Fleck, Chic Corea and many others. At the same time, he released a series of solo albums, many of which went to the top of the jazz charts. His music is diverse -- at times, fusion jazz -- at other times, jazz-funk. Or, you might hear a track that is firmly rooted in Celtic music. In all of his recordings, he brings a sense of soloing that reminds some of John Coltrane in mid-career.

I was (and still am) a Frank Zappa fan. So, when I discovered Ponty's "King Kong" album (which I have played the grooves off of), I was enthralled and became a devoted fan. Despite getting a lot of turntable time, the vinyl is still quite clean. There are a few widely scattered clicks and pops (which might go away with good cleaning)... but nothing to detract from your enjoyment of this album. The cover is clean and solid, and shows just a hint of wear from living on a shelf for a number of years. The inner picture sleeve is dandy.

When Ponty began his jazz career, he faced an uphill battle from other jazz musicians, who weren't convinced that a violin should be art of a jazz band. It was through his musicianship (and that of fellow jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli), that today, jazz is welcoming to a whole range of non-traditional instruments. This is one of my favorites, for sure.



Condition Code:

5: Near Mint
4: Excellent
3: Very Good
2: Good
1. Fair

I rate each recording's quality only after carefully listening to the entire album.

Every LP has been lightly cleaned. All pictures of album covers in my listing are of the actual albums themselves.

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