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Acatama Experience

Jean-Luc Ponty Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E1 Entertainment Dist ***
  • ASIN: 5557792619
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Familiar but Welcome Experience 9 Aug 2008
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
Jean-Luc Ponty has been my favourite musician for many years, and I always look forward to his new releases with great anticipation. He brings a certain uniqueness to jazz violin as well as a level of performance no other player can quite achieve, and the warmth and texture of his compositions are forever joyful, uplifting and reassuring.

His first new studio album since the start of the decade, while offering little in the way of new ground or anything to rival his wondrous 76-83 period, nevertheless demonstrates how tightly this particular incarnation of the band has grown through years of live performing. The overriding African feel of the ensemble persists, as it has now done through numerous albums and line-ups, tying the music strongly to its authentic jazz roots and facilitating a rhythmic freedom while avoiding a mere groove-powered sound.

The themes are as protean as ever, with titles too good to not have been thought of before the actual pieces were put together (though I always thought it was the Atacama Desert, not Acatama?). As usual with Ponty, the names of the tracks are almost as appealing as the tunes themselves: have a look at the list and you'll see what I mean.

Two guest guitarists feature to add that extra little dimension: first up is the great Philip Catherine, an old sparring partner from JLP's formative years who makes a welcome return on three of the pieces and gives a good account of himself. Then there's the even greater Allan Holdsworth albeit only one one track, which is a great pity as there's no experience on earth quite like a Ponty-Holdsworth collaboration in full flow.

All in all, a familiar but nonetheless welcome experience, and either a worthy addition to an existing JLP collection or else good enough place to start.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master Returns 11 Sep 2007
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What a great album by Jean Luc Ponty. This is typical Ponty music at it's best, perhaps lost some of its aggresiveness, but very melodic. The great Alan Holdsworth features on track 4 - Point of no return and it's a shame he doesn't feature on any more tracks. Still there are 3 other tracks featuring Philip Catherine as compensation but not a patch on Holdsworth. Hope to catch the group at the Jazz Cafe in September, his only UK appearance!
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4.0 out of 5 stars J.L.Ponty-Acatama Experience 11 Mar 2009
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A sonic journey with the usual Ponty magic and for guitar fans some great
playing by Phil Catherine and the amazing Allan Holdsworth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ponty + Holdsworth! 21 Aug 2008
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Well worth having. Good all in all but excellent to have track 4 with Alan Holdsworth too. A pity that there were not more as the other reviewers also state, including Holdsworth.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For an old fan of JLP; 6 Stars 1 Sep 2007
By W. Noshie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are an old fan of JLP, you are simply going to love his new release.
Who can play the violin with all the sounds of the Guitar, keyboard and violin and release sounds from Rock to fusion to classic jazz all combined in one album better or close to JLP?
Simply no one.
This album is simply a tight, fresh and mature fantastic Jazz release. Jean Luc Ponty

Another previous well recommended release for JLP: Individual Choice
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull Ponty's Sketches, Featuring: Allan Holdsworth! 21 Jun 2007
By Jesmorh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jean-Luc Ponty's The Acatama Experience is a Tasty Experience 9 Aug 2007
By D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon" - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very pleasant album! It's a bit of a departure for Jean-Luc, in that it is much more of a straightforward free-form jazz album than any of his previous works. And, he did it in fine style! His performances on this album are excellent, as usual. And his personality (which has made most of his work shine in the past) is very clear and present in this work. It was nice to hear his old friend, British guitarist Allan Holdsworth perform with him again for the first time in over 20 years. Even though Holdsworth only played on one song in this work, his original sound, touch and talent rang true in his performance. One pleasant surprise on this album was the inclusion of jazz guitar legend Phillip Catherine on 2 or 3 songs. I don't think Catherine has ever played for Jean-Luc before. But, his cool, smooth electric guitar work added a saucy jazz flavor to the album. It was great to hear! Some of the songs could have been longer. The solos could have been a bit more extended. But overall, this album is a refreshing and tasty release that is a necessary addition to anyone's collection if you are a Jean-Luc Ponty fan! It is not a classic on the status of "Cosmic Messenger" or even the inventive "Individual Choice"....but believe me! This is an album you will enjoy very much!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JLP at his best 11 July 2007
By Nathaniel Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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I have followed Jean-Luc for over 20 years, and never stops amazing me!
His latest give more feeling and beat than the last few albums. He delivers much better live, but this is one of his best studio albums! He has a top notch band right now on this album, and he has toured with them extensively.
A must have for any JLP or jazz fan!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF PONTY'S BEST 26 Jun 2007
By Luiz Claudio Deleu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great record, and maybe one of Ponty's best in the last years. Despite the misspelling of the chilean Atacama Desert, it should belong in any Jazz Rock aficionado library. Of course, it's not A Taste for Passion but even so it is an album well worth owning.
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