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Live at Semper Opera [Import]

Jean-Luc Ponty Audio CD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Muse is Back! 28 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is fantastic! I had always wanted to know what enigmatic Ocean sounded like live! The opening track is a cracking good way to kick off a concert. This definetely is the best rendition of Infinite Pursuit (thanks to Guy) and is definetely much better than the original or Chene Park. Guy's playing through the entire album stays steady and smooth, playing great unison lines on tasty and lively closer, Caracas. Both precussionists add serious flavor while the keyboardist adds nice bits of flavor. Ponty as always stays steady, stays amazing, sounds great, and brings fabulous spontenaity to the entire collection. Particularly, his pizzicato on Forever Together was especially tasty. Critically, only two things here bother me. First, why no guitar? And second, the keyboardist basically sounds as if he never has played a ballade in his life? Choping and hammering on Forever together?
Fortunately, Ponty's playing keeps it together and carries it on through. Mirage and No Absolute time are as ever, catchy and grabbing, and come off particuarly well.
Well, its all around a great buy! Let's hope more live albums are to come! Especially Life Enigma!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Luc Ponty -- Live at Semper Opera 28 Aug 2002
By Adam Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album through one of the Amazon emails that gets sent to me based on past purchases. And am I ever glad I did! This album is definitely the best of the live JLP recordings, and one of his best all-time CDs yet! The version of Jig is out of this world. The energy is ecstatic! Listening to it is almost like being there.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JLP at his best 9 April 2003
By David Puddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely brilliant. As a longtime JLP fan who has all of his recordings and has seen him live numerous times, I was not disappointed. The sound quality is top notch. Highlights include blistering versions of "Jig" and "Enigmatic Ocean". A must own for any JLP fan as well as fans of "fusion-jazz".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't like LIVE CDs ... but THIS I LIKE! Recommended! 27 Sep 2002
By L. O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of Jean-Luc's "best" songs was ENIGMATIC OCEAN, Parts 1 and 2 ... so I got this CD based on that. I was disappointed by his last LIVE CD. This time I wasn't disappointed. The sound quality is excellent, too. Infinite Pursuit also sounds great. I found his last CD "Life Enigma" a little boring ... but the excitement is back with this one!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alive and Well at Semper Opera 7 May 2008
By Bernd Schmuecker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was blown away when I first discovered the music of Jean Luc Ponty back in the seventies! There is no other artist alive who has done as much to stretch the boundaries of violin music as expertly and creatively as this man has! With his innovative use of synthesizers, Echoplex machines, sequencers and distortion boxes (devices normally associated with electric guitars), Ponty developed a signature sound that set him apart from all other violinists, regardless of genre.

Stylistically, his music ranges from jazz to jazz-rock fusion to African-influenced world music, with an occasional foray into country hoedown, just to keep things from becoming predictable. He handles all these styles with equal ease and virtuosity, creating an overall sound that is both exhilarating, yet hauntingly beautiful at the same time.

Of the three JLP live albums that I am familiar with, 1979's Live is the most passionate and rock-fusion oriented. With stunning performances by a group of world-class musicians who were truly on fire, this recording surely ranks as one of the top fusion albums of all time! By comparison, Live at Chene Park, recorded in Detroit in 1996, was more mellow and subdued (some have deemed it uninspired). Although there was certainly some energetic playing, such as by JLP's long-time guitarist, Jamie Glaser, Jean Luc himself generally displayed a more reflective, almost dreamy approach to his music on the Chene Park outing.

Live at Semper Opera was recorded in May of 2001 in Dresden, Germany. Here Ponty performed with his current touring band, consisting of William Lecomte on keyboards, Guy Nsangue Akwa on bass, Thiery Arpino on drums, and Moustapha Cisse on percussion. This concert performance was the most musically refined and jazz oriented of the three, and was the only one which did not include a guitarist in the line-up. While some may perceive this as a shortcoming, in my opinion Jean Luc and his band played so well together and produced such a rich sound that the guitar is not really missed. Indeed, the playing that night was incredibly tight, the performances were truly inspired, the musicianship was nothing short of astounding, and the overall sound was absolutely scintillating--a veritable treasure chest of musical gems for the attentive listener!

As far as quality of production is concerned, few concerts have ever been so expertly recorded as this one at the Semper Opera. The result is a crystal clear, studio-quality recording with the exciting ambiance of a live event. If possible, listen to this CD on a high-end stereo system, turn up the volume, close your eyes, and in no time you will find yourself in front of the stage, enveloped in the most amazing and uplifting aural experience! With music of this caliber, recorded this well, who needs drugs to get high?

In summary, one does not need to be a hard-core Jean Luc Ponty fan to enjoy this CD; even the casual fan will find much to delight in. All around, this is one of the best albums Ponty has recorded in his lengthy career. A solid five-star effort--highly recommended!
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