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On August 1, 1983.

On August 1, 1983, “Atlantic” label released “Individual Choice”, the 27th Jean-Luc Ponty album. It was recorded March – May 1983, at “Music Grinder Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Jean-Luc Ponty.

Personnel:

  • Jean-Luc Ponty– violin, synthesizer, keyboard bass, rhythm programming, organ
  • George Duke– Minimoog synthesizer solo
  • Allan Holdsworth– electric guitar solos
  • Randy Jackson– electric bass
  • Rayford Griffin – drums, percussion
  • Gary Skardina – drum recordings
  • Peter R. Kelsey – engineer, mixing
  • Stuart Graham – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Steve Hall – engineer, mastering
  • Bob Defrin – art direction
  • Mark Hanauer – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Jean-Luc Ponty.

  1. Computer Incantations For World Peace
  2. Far from the Beaten Paths
  3. In Spiritual Love
  4. Eulogy to Oscar Romero
  5. Nostalgia
  6. Individual Choice
  7. In Spite of All

 

On July 17, 1995.

On July 17, 1995, “Gal Saber” label released “The Rite of Strings” album by Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, and Jean-Luc Ponty. It was recorded in April 1995, at “Studio 56” in Hollywood, and was produced by Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Personnel:

  • Al Di Meola– guitar
  • Stanley Clarke– double bass
  • Jean-Luc Ponty– violin

Track listing:

  1. Indigo – Al Di Meola
  2. Renaissance – Jean-Luc Ponty
  3. Song to John – Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea
  • Dedicated to the memory of John Coltrane
  1. Chilean Pipe Song – Al Di Meola
  2. Topanga – Stanley Clarke
  3. Morocco – Al Di Meola
  4. Change of Life – Jean-Luc Ponty
  5. La Cancion De Sofia – Stanley Clarke
  6. Memory Canyon – Jean-Luc Ponty

 

On February 26, 1976.

On February 26, 1976, “Atlantic” label released “Aurora”, the 13th Jean-Luc Ponty album. It was recorded in December 1975, at “Cherokee Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Jean-Luc Ponty.

Personnel:

  • Jean-Luc Ponty– acoustic and electric violin, violectra, autoharp, keyboards
  • Daryl Stuermer– acoustic and electric guitars
  • Patrice Rushen– acoustic and electric piano, synthesizer
  • Tom Fowler– electric bass
  • Norman Fearrington – drums, percussion
  • Larry Hirsch – engineer, mixing
  • George Putko – engineer, studio assistant
  • Zal Schreiber – mastering
  • Jim Marshall– photography
  • Jean-Paul Oren – photography
  • Phil A. Ceccola – cover photo

Track listing:

All tracks by Jean-Luc Ponty.

  1. Is Once Enough?
  2. Renaissance
  3. Aurora, Pt. 1
  4. Aurora, Pt. 2
  5. Passenger of the Dark
  6. Lost Forest
  7. Between You and Me
  8. Waking Dream

On May 8, 2007.

On May 8, 2007, “Koch” label released “The Atacama Experience”, the 32nd Jean-Luc Ponty album. It was recorded in 2007, and was produced by Jean-Luc Ponty.

Personnel:

  • Jean-Luc Ponty– violin, keyboards, synthesizer, effects, engineer
  • William Lecomte – piano, keyboards
  • Philip Catherine– guitar
  • Allan Holdsworth– guitar
  • Guy N’Sangue – bass guitar
  • Thierry Arpino – drums
  • Taffa Cissé – percussion
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Karim Sai – engineer, mixing
  • Claudia Ponty – cover photo
  • Kimberly Wright – photography
  • Frederic Houis – photography
  • Jacky Lepage – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Jean-Luc Ponty, except where noted.

  1. Intro
  2. Parisian Thoroughfare – Bud Powell
  3. Premonition
  4. Point of No Return
  5. Back in the 60’s
  6. Without Regrets
  7. Celtic Steps
  8. Desert Crossing
  9. Last Memories of Her
  10. The Atacama Experience
  11. On My Way to Bombay
  12. Still in Love
  13. Euphoria – William Lecomte
  14. To and Fro

On February 3, 2018.

On February 3, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler died aged 65. He was drummer, composer, producer and university professor, best known as sideman in jazz, blues, and pop music. He recorded and performed with many famous musicians including Willie Bobo, Harold Johnson Sextet, Gerald Wilson Big Band, Herbie Hancock, and recorded with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, George Benson,  Stanley Clarke, The Crusaders, George Duke,  John Lee Hooker, Hubert Laws, Thelonious Monk, Jean-Luc Ponty, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Patrice Rushen, Santana, Frank Sinatra, Dazz Band, Donna Summer, The Temptations,  Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and Weather Report.

On September 1, 1977.

On September 1, 1977, “Atlantic” label released “Enigmatic Ocean”, the sixteen  Jean-Luc Ponty album. It was recorded June – July 1977, and was produced by Jean-Luc Ponty.

Personnel:

  • Jean-Luc Ponty– electric violin, five-string electric violin, violectra, bells, grand piano, orchestration, arrangements
  • Allan Holdsworth– lead electric guitar
  • Daryl Stuermer– lead and rhythm electric guitar
  • Allan Zavod– organ, synthesizer, electric piano, grand piano, clavinet
  • Ralphe Armstrong– electric basses, fretless bass
  • Steve Smith– drums and percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by Jean-Luc Ponty.

  1. Overture
  2. The Trans-Love Express
  3. Mirage
  4. Enigmatic Ocean – Part I
  5. Enigmatic Ocean – Part II
  6. Enigmatic Ocean – Part III
  7. Enigmatic Ocean – Part IV
  8. Nostalgic Lady
  9. The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea – Part I
  10. The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea – Part II
  11. The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea – Part III

On April 16, 2017.

On April 16, 2017, Allan Holdsworth died aged 70. He was guitarist and composer, known as big innovator in development of the guitar playing. He was one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th Century, cited as influence by many famous guitarists such as  Tom Morello, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Richie Kotzen, John Petrucci, Alex Lifeson and Kurt Rosenwinkel. In his four decades long career he released twelve albums as solo artists, and has recorded and performed with many famous musicians and bands including Igginbottom, Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, The New Tony Williams Lifetime,  Pierre Moerlen’s Gong,  Jean-Luc Ponty, Bruford, U.K., Stanley Clarke, Chad Wackerman, Level 42 and K². According to “Guitar World” magazine he is “as influential as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen”.

 

In March 1971.

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In March 1971, “Philips” label released “Histoire de Melody Nelson”, the tenth Serge Gainsbourg album. It was recorded April 1970 – February 1971, at “Studio Marble Arch” in London, and “Studio des Dames” in Paris, and was produced by Jean-Claude Desmarty. “Histoire de Melody Nelson” is regarded to be the best and most influential Gainsbourg album.

Personnel:

  • Serge Gainsbourg- vocals, piano, guitar
  • Alan Parker– guitar
  • Big Jim Sullivan- rhythm guitar
  • Dave Richmond– bass
  • Roger Coulam– keyboards
  • Jean-Claude Vannier- arrangements, orchestra direction
  • Jane Birkin- vocal parts
  • Dougie Wright – drums
  • Jean-Luc Ponty- electric violin
  • Jean-Claude Charvier – recording

Track listing:

All tracks by Serge Gainsbourg except where noted.

  1. Melody
  2. Ballade de Melody Nelson – music by Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Vannier
  3. Valse de Melody
  4. Ah! Melody – music by Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Vannier
  5. L’hôtel particulier
  6. En Melody – music by Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Claude Vannier
  7. Cargo culte

In February 1975.

mahavishnu-orchestra

In February 1975, “Columbia” label released “Visions of the Emerald Beyond”, the fourth Mahavishnu Orchestra studio album. It was recorded in December 1974, at “Electric Lady Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Ken Scott and John McLaughlin.

Personnel:

  • John McLaughlin– guitars, vocals
  • Jean-Luc Ponty– violin, vocals, electric violin, baritone violin
  • Ralphe Armstrong– bass guitar, vocals, contrabass
  • Narada Michael Walden– percussion, drums, vocals, clavinet
  • Gayle Moran– keyboards, vocals
  • Carol Shive – 2nd violin, vocals
  • Russell Tubbs – alto and soprano sax
  • Philip Hirschi – cello
  • Bob Knapp – flute, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, wind
  • Steve Kindler – 1st violin

Track listing:

All tracks by John McLaughlin except where noted.

  1. Eternity’s Breath – Part 1
  2. Eternity’s Breath – Part 2
  3. Lila’s Dance
  4. Can’t Stand Your Funk
  5. Pastoral
  6. Faith
  7. Cosmic Strut – Narada Michael Walden
  8. If I Could See
  9. Be Happy
  10. Earth Ship
  11. Pegasus
  12. Opus 1
  13. On the Way Home to Earth

On November 4, 1976.

imaginary_voyage

On November 4, 1976, “Atlantic” label released “Imaginary Voyage”, the fourteenth Jean-Luc Ponty album. It was recorded July – August 1976, at “Kendun Studios” in Burbank, California, and was produced by Jean – Luc Ponty.

Personnel:

  • Jean-Luc Ponty– electric and acoustic violins, organ, background Synthesizers
  • Daryl Stuermer– electric and acoustic guitars
  • Allan Zavod– electric keyboards and acoustic piano
  • Tom Fowler– electric bass
  • Mark Craney– percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by Jean-Luc Ponty.

  1. New Country
  2. The Gardens of Babylon
  3. Wandering on the Milky Way
  4. Once upon a Dream
  5. Tarantula
  6. Imaginary Voyage
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III
  • Part IV