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A Taste for Passion

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  • Audio CD (25 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B000002I9Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Despite the rather dodgy cover, this CD is a spectacular offering from Monsieur Ponty with great sound, great playing and fantastic songs.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97bc4fa8) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97be6a08) out of 5 stars Ponty at his best! 13 July 2003
By Larry E. Scavone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Ponty this alblum is a must. It is a 10 star on a scale of 5. You will not regret buying it. The music will make you feel good regardless of what is going on in your life. I heard it first in 1983 and listen to it today with as much satisfaction as I did in 1983. Enjoy!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97be6e10) out of 5 stars may be ponty's best? 4 Feb. 2006
By linda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i love stay with me. like another reviewer pointed out, the song sends chivers down my spine. jean-luc's violin just sings. add, a deep base line and it might be my favorite jean-luc ponty tune ever recorded!!!!
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97be6e88) out of 5 stars Jean-Luc's best 4 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When it comes right down to it, all these reviews are purely personal opinion. With that in mind, this is my favorite. I own ten of Jean-Luc's CDs and this one, along with Enigmatic Ocean, are the ones I listen to the most. I especially like the drum work on A Taste for Passon. Awesome! Maybe its the production, but the drums seem to come alive. Nice deep, rich sound. It also has more violin and less synthesizer; I like that. At any rate I would suggest this CD to any body who appreciates good contemporary jazz. Good Stuff!
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HASH(0x97be6e1c) out of 5 stars preparing for the 80's 19 May 2014
By Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion 1979 is notorious for being a year when disco pretty much overwhelmed the popular music scene at the time. It restrained the rock artists mostly, but even the more jazzy and classical stuff was greatly affected by it too. Disco basically put a stranglehold on many musical genres. As a result 1979 sounds way more like 1980 than it does 1978. So does A Taste for Passion suffer because of the disco movement? A little bit truthfully.

"Stay With Me" begins on a rather quiet note. The music feels restrained compared to the stuff we were hearing from Jean Luc Ponty just a little earlier on his Enigmatic Ocean and Cosmic Messenger albums. The rhythm no longer possess that vibrant funkiness that elevated his unique blend of classical meets violin and made it almost danceable at times. Now the rhythm is really kicked back. The violin jam is pretty decent but never wows me like I know Jean's capable of. One of Jean's safer songs. "Sunset Drive" has a marvelous upbeat rhythm that may sound heavily dated, more commercial than ever and even comparable to the stuff the Alan Parsons Project was doing at the time, but it's alright. The bass guitar jam is pretty good but nothing particularly special. The continuous pace of the rhythm is a thing of beauty though. Now the electric guitar jam however, is REALLY cool! The first wow moment on the album. An even stronger wow moment occurs when a melodic violin jam kicks in- NOW we're cookin'!

"Dreamy Eyes" is pleasant atmospheric jazz with dreamy lightly performed violin fills. Not necessarily jam material but pretty enough. Basically the song lives up to its name! I like the subtle and easy to miss transition to the electric guitar jam. I almost didn't catch when it even occurred! "Beach Girl"... yes, I like beach women a LOT! Bring on summer! Ahem, quickly switching gears, hehe. I admire the thumping bass in the intro and the delicate arrangements that surround it. The acoustic guitar jam is brief but does its job in raising some eyebrows since it's so good. The violin solo this time around, much like the one on "Sunset Drive", is quite beautiful and even rocks! The title song is next. It opens with really good classical-like piano playing before a quality electric guitar solo pops in for a quick appearance. For some reason the piano part, even though it basically loops the same short melody over and over, sounds appealing to me. Decent violin jam but not as earth-shattering or as unbelievably awesome like I've heard Ponty perform before.

"Life Cycles" begins with a very 80's-ish guitar jam and I really enjoy it due to its melodic nature. Oh what? I forgot all about Jean's usage of the synth because the synths haven't really appeared until up to this point of the album! Believe it or not I almost mistook it for a flute! Strange but yeah, some of the high pitched parts of the synth jam are rather flute-like. This song is one of my favorite on the album. It's one of the rare cases where every instrument feels like it gels splendidly with the other ones.

"Reminiscence" is not only one of my favorite words to say, but it's a short 1-minute tune. Reminds me of an Emerson, Lake & Palmer song for a VERY brief moment before it turns into a dramatic guitar build-up with gentle lullaby-like piano playing afterwards, which leads into "Give Us a Chance". All we are saying, is give us a chance... oops wrong song (and wrong lyrics, silly me). I was worried for a second that "Give Us a Chance" would be a forgettable synth-driven instrumental but thankfully it has its moments. It's obvious to me now that Jean Luc Ponty likes attaching short songs together and making mini suites at the end of his albums to give everyone a proper sendoff. In that regard this is another decent one but shorter and restrained in intensity. "Obsession" is a brief little panic-frenzy tune before "Farewell" arrives. Farewell to the brilliant super innovative years of the 70's! This song begins with a classical violin jam with gentle piano playing. This is a peaceful and wonderful little intro before a really smokin' violin solo comes in and turns this song upside down. It rocks!

Overall well honestly you need to pick up the four Jean Luc Ponty albums released before this one (especially Aurora and Cosmic Messenger) before even thinking about picking this one up. Still, I really enjoy A Taste for Passion even though it's ever so slightly a step down from the four albums Jean Luc Ponty released before it.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97bea36c) out of 5 stars The reason I fell in love with his music some 20 years ago! 7 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first listened to this album back in the late 70's (some 20 years ago...I was only 3 at the time--hah!)and knew that I would be forever a fan. I love the pure raw talent (no syenthisers needed)found in this album, and is certainly one of my all-time favorites. I don't know about you, but back in the 70's most of my friends were listening to Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and others, who, while definately talented in their own rights, were no comparison to Jean Luc Ponty in terms of depth of skill needed to play his music.I wore the grooves out on this one!It's been great listening to his music evolve over the years;looking forward to another 20 years!
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