Through the years, violinist Jean Luc Ponty (a well recognized musician that doesn't need presentation anymore), has demostrated through his mamoth of finesse recordings, not only his musical inventiveness with recordings that have became cornerstones in the jazz fusion genre, but furthermore, by the high level invited musicians that have contributed to embellish his albums with their habilities and particular emotion every time. Between others, we can find guitarists like Daryl Struemer, George Benson or Scott Henderson, but we must to mention the most revolutionary of all: The maestro Allan Holdsworth, who has colaborated with Jean Luc-Ponty since 1976 in the recording ENIGMATIC OCEAN (One of the cornerstones that I have talked), INDIVIDUAL CHOICE (1982), and now this new Ponty's production named ACATAMA EXPERIENCE (2007). the middle aged man Allan Holdsworth only plays in one song but his powerfull exotic and melodic solos help to create the ambiance for these new and beautifull Ponty's sketches that by the way, after years of recordings abscence, these listen with a more matured sound. This recording is in a traditional Jazz format (more than Fusion) containing all the essential Ponty's elements: The inviting rhythms and the hypnotic melodies, but this time with a kind of an african-brazilian flavor supported by an acoustic piano instead of the sinthesized wall of keyboard sounds that the Ponty's fan know very well. The track "Point Of No Return", offers a different musical view with disonant violin and fluglehorn melodies on top of a rhythm section and a grand piano progression, leaving beside the hard traditional kind of Jazz format just to find the influence figure of the great Miles Davis... Fantastic!
Another new is the 3 track playing of guitarist Philip Catherine, a veteran musician that played with Thjis Van Leer in seventies with the Progressive band FOCUS! So just sit back, relaxe, and enjoy again a great instrumental album with Jean Luc-Ponty and his friends... Good Luck