Jean-Luc Ponty is a fantastic jazz violinist. I had the pleasure of seeing him play live in Paradiso, Amsterdam a good few years ago in the late seventies. The band included a few other great musicians like Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Daryl Stuermer on guitar and Tom Fowler on Trombone. He knew Fowler from his cooperation with Frank Zappa. They both played on Over-Nite Sensation. Ponty’s link with Zappa goes back much further, all the way to 1969 when he played on Hot Rats, described by Zappa as “a movie for your ears.” A few tracks from Aurora featured during the concert in Paradiso. This album is Ponty’s best, in my opinion, much better than the stuff he produced later (and still does, I think.) Here is one of the best tracks, Renaissance
The second album I listened to today was King Kong – Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa. He appears together with other fine musicians with Zappa credentials like George Duke, Ian Underwood, Art Tripp, and Zappa himself on guitar. I wonder who was the ‘boss’ in the recording studio.