You can hear JEAN LUC PONTY’s inspired flights of musical invention on now classic albums like On the Wings of Music, Cosmic Messenger and Enigmatic Ocean (to name just a few)
His solo recordings (he charted over a dozen best-selling albums with Atlantic Records) and his work with fiery guitarist John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra on albums such as Apocalypse and Visions of the Emerald Beyond made Jean-Luc Ponty one of the leading exponents of the musical hybrid that came to known as “jazz fusion”.
Although M. Ponty may have reached his commercial peak several decades ago he has not been one to rest on his laurels. Beginning with 1983’s Individual Choice the restless genius began experimenting with the effect of sequencers and electronics on his playing. He signed to Columbia in 1987.
In 2001 M. Ponty released Life Enigma on his own label (J.L.P. Productions, Inc.).
As of this writing M. Ponty is collaborating with former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson. A concert at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen was recorded and filmed; it was released in 2015 as Better Late than Never.
And why aren’t Jean-Luc Ponty’s releases selling in the millions as they did in his 1970s heyday?
” In 1975-1976 this type of music was played all over America and the world in jazz, soft-rock, prog-rock and folk stations. I was invited several times to perform on talk shows like the Tonight Show, Merv Griffin etc.,” he told jazzweekly.com in a recent interview. ” Home entertainment was very limited … people had to buy albums to listen to music at home. It has been constantly changing since the early 80s and nowadays it is extremely difficult for young musicians to be exposed internationally on a big scale like before. Internet can be a chance to achieve that ……”
And posting about the Internet, you can hear some of M. Ponty’s shorter pieces on GIR’s Tribute to Jean-Luc Ponty with David Gordon and Rick Dennis on on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupMiq6BHIM or https://www.spreaker.com/user/vingaton/planet-jazz-jean-luc-ponty