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King Kong

King Kong

31 Dec 1968
4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 31 Dec. 1968
  • Release Date: 5 July 1993
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: ℗ 1995 Blue Note Records. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Blue Note Records, 150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. © 1995 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • ASIN: B001J7BU0C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,533 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By 70s VINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2017
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If you liked Burnt Weeny Sandwich and the long violin sections then this is right up your street. Seriously good jazzy intepretations of FZ music with a JLP original in there too. Well worth a punt if you like Jazz and violin played like a guitar
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I bought this on vinyl as a student in the early 1970s (having previously got into Zappa's music via the Hot Rats route) and played it continuously. At the time it seemed pretty avant-garde compared to a lot of the other music that was around at the time. However, I very quickly started to appreciate the nuances of Zappa's music, and the sheer technical skill and artistry that Jean-Luc Ponty brought to playing it. I pretty much wore out the vinyl record over the years (though I saved this, and all my other J-L Ponty and Zappa albums during the great purge that took place when CDs took over).

I bought a download copy of the album relatively recently, and found I still enjoyed it just as much as I used to, which is more than I can say for a lot of other stuff I used to listen to back then. Timeless and brilliant. (Like one of the other reviewers, I recommend the "Music For Electric Violin And Low Budget Orchestra". (An interesting comparison is the version of the same composition on Ensemble Modern's "Adventures of Gregary Peccary" album).
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If you like the music of Mr Zappa then this is a worthwhile addition to your collection. Jean-Luc Ponty was one of the most talented musicians to play with Zappa and this collection of mostly Zappa tracks is an absolute joy.
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If you like Stephan Grappheli, then look elsewhere, this is jazz violin like you've never heard it before. Put that with the off-the-wall/off-the-beat rhythms of Zappa and you have a very interesting album. I first bought this on vinyl when it first came out (many years ago) and I still dip into it for a Zappa/Ponty fix. Especially listen to Music For Electric Violin And Low Budget Orchestra, a large scale piece that shows the best of both the performers. Well worth listening to.
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Written & arranged by Frank Zappa this is a crucial album for 3 reasons:-

1. It introduced Jean Luc Ponty as the greatest jazz violinist since Stepahane Grappelii

2. Side Two contains Zappa's first full length orchestral work "Music for Electric Violin & Budget Orchestra" an avenue thatwas to be pursued in later works with the LSO, Pierre Boulez & Ensemble Moderne

3. Side One is a crucial link in the development of Jazz-Rock fusion, coming some 18 months before the Mahavishnu Orchestra and providing several key pointers for that band.

So absolutely essential for Ponty & Zappa fans, and for anyone interested in the birth of Jazz Rock ( alongside Bitches Brew & Lifetime)
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