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Cosmic Messenger [VINYL]

Jean-Luc Ponty Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000002I9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Cosmic Messenger
2. Art of Happiness
3. Don't Let the World Pass You By
4. I Only Feel Good with You
5. Puppets' Dance
6. Fake Paradise
7. Ethereal Mood
8. Egocentric Molecules

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric textures 4 July 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
These enchanting sounds are made up of electric base, guitars, piano and violin, plus organ, drums, percussion, synthesizers and acoustic guitars. The sound ranges from orchestral and ambient to funky and jazzy.
The music impresses with its varied textures, like the bubbly, rhythmic track The Art Of Happiness that is followed by the more ethereal Don't Let The World Pass You By with its urgent rhythm against a mellow background of synths, or the gentle, evocative I Only Feel Good With You. Puppet's Dance has a jazzy texture, whilst the gentle Ethereal Mood creates just that with its beautiful melody.
The album concludes with Egocentric Molecules which has a full and powerful rock sound driven by electric guitar. The virtuosity of the players is breathtaking. Ponty and team successfully explore various musical avenues on this highly enjoyable album that should appeal to all lovers of ambient and intelligent electronic music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best 22 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great lover of the electric violin and JLP work. However, this album is just not up to scratch and have already re sold it
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Guitarists Take Note....It Blasts! 30 Oct 2002
By Douglas J. Hultsman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
That's right. Guitarists. Jean Luc does get ample space to show off his elegant 4-stringer, but the first time I heard this back in '78', the first words out of my mouth were, "who is that great guitarist?" Turns out it was actually two. Before that, I had never heard of either Peter Maunu or Joaquin Lievano. The double leads on PUPPETS DANCE still blows me away 24 years later. There is a good blend of energetic jazz fusion blasters and softer beautiful pieces like ETHEREAL MOOD. Like another reviewer, I agree that the bass playing is simply phenomenal, and though I can't remember who played the drum kit on this one, it is top notch also.
While quite different from the larger scale of "Imaginary Voyage", the tunes on this release stand on their own. That is due to Jean Luc giving plenty of room for the other musicians to stretch out and solo, thus not turning it into an album "just about his violin" and nothing else.
For me, this rates 5 stars, but I'm only giving it 4, since I know that with a 5 star rating system, 5 should only be for the albums that are the most timeless (hmmm.....Miles' KINDA BLUE and some of Coltranes best come to mind)and have stood the test of time, to listeners, musicians and critics alike.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jean-Luc without the Suites 6 Mar 2002
By Jeff Arenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Cosmic Messenger" was the folow up to "Enigmatic Ocean". On it Jean-Luc has a collection of songs but there isn't a suite/concerto like on "Imaginary Voyage" or "Enigmatic Ocean". This doesn't mean that the disc was bad because it still is very good. Jean-Luc,once again, surrounds himself with world class musicians and does create some incredible music. "Cosmic Messenger" is a Ponty showcase piece. It is ethereal in nature and Ponty does show a different side to his writing than on his previous discs. "Egocentric Molecules" is a hyperdrive tune that has guitar, bass, and violin solos in it and is incredible. If you can find the live version of this or see Jean-Luc play this you will be stunned. The bass line and soloing by Ralphe Armstrong is unbelievable. The rest of the songs on the disc are more examples of Ponty's ability to write and imrovise in his own brilliant style. If you are a Jean-L:uc fan or want to discover the world of Ponty "Cosmic Messenger" is a disc for you.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable 20 Jun 2000
By "rjgrib" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite JLP and I'd say it's his best effort ever. Not that his other stuff isn't good, it's just that a masterpiece like this is hard to compare to. The sweeping ethereal melodies and jazzy touches blend to produce one of the finest instrumental recordings ever made. This is music that crosses boundaries too. It can be enjoyed by most anyone, and that is a real testimony to a fine product.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean-Luc's best? 30 April 2006
By jartwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD has spellbinding rhythms in the more ethereal tracks - the kind of relatively slow-paced tracks that artfully establish early on that 'moment of connection to the music' that somehow liberates the listeners's soul as the artist's vision behind the musical track comes to life and we are transported to another place. On the whole it's a unique blend of the familiar and the exotic - the ethereally exotic rhythms wedded to the lucidly logical melodic lines. This often-tried experiment is, here, quite successful. Other tracks are high energy - very inspired, and all are infused with a brilliant, pleasingly-structured, readily-identifiable sense of jazz fusion. Stylistically this may be Ponty's singularly most cohesive work. Given his output, that spans well beyond his most prolific stint during the 1970's and '80's, that may well be saying something. I haven't heard everything by him, but, if your looking for something else that, IMHO, gives "Cosmic Messenger" a run for it's money, may I suggest "Mystical Adventures" - another knockout of his. If you look at it like I do, an unresolved toss-up of this magnitude is nothing but a blessing for music fans in general, fans of Jazz fusion in particular or anyone curious to know just what a five string electrified violin can do. I also enjoy "A Taste For Passion", "Civilized Evil" and "Enigmatic Ocean". In any case, Ponty is arguably THE world champion of the five string electrified violin. Not that this instrument is the only feature of merit on the album. Ponty, in this time frame, surrounds himself with truly comparable talent on percussion, an incredible electric bassist and, here, two superb lead guitarists. I don't truly know for myself yet if this is Jean-Luc Ponty's best album, but, so far, I can say it's my favorite. Highly, highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Messegner 29 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
20 years ago I was a d.j. in college. Every night when my show started, I began it with 'Cosmic Messenger'. I remember how many comments I received on it, people were loving it. I first heard it on a Phila, PA radio station and it has been with me ever since. It is definately music that will take you places.
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