May 5, 2009 – 4:17 am

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Hamburg 1976 [no label]

Live in Hamburg, Germany, September 17, 1976. Very good FM (re-)broadcast.

Jazz fusion by itself is already a vast field. Violin jazz fusion might narrow things down somewhat and Jean-Luc Ponty stands out among its practitioners. Ponty might have been trained in classical music but under the influence of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, he switched to jazz and for someone who has played on John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra albums, he certainly needs no introduction. And anyone who is endorsed by Frank Zappa is certainly worth at least a listen.

Thanks to tgb25nld who shared this very good FM (re-)broadcast on the Dime site. And tgb25nld is not off the mark when he noted: “Here is a truly spectacular set from JLP with Steurmer (g), Fowler (b), Craney (d) and Zavod (kbd) that will melt your speakers and intoxicate your mind.”

The mid-’70s was a fruitful period for Ponty. He had released Aurora in December 1975 and barely six months later, he released Imaginary Voyage and fans simply lapped up the selections he played at this 1976 Hamburg show.

This is certainly not drive-time fusion or jazz for lounging in the afternoon. This is fiery red-hot fusion with Ponty attacking the music with a vengeance. One can only wonder what demons he was trying to exorcise.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

1. Is Once Enough
2. Polyfolk Dance
3. Lost Forest
4. Aurora
5. Renaissance
6. Question with No Answers
7. Passenger of the Dark
8. Bowing-Bowing
9. Tarantula
10. Wandering on the Milky Way
11. Fight for Life

Jean-Luc Ponty - violins
Darryl Stuermer - guitar
Tom Fowler - bass
Mark Craney - drums
Allan Zavod - keyboard

Click on the link to order Jean-Luc Ponty’s Aurora and Imaginary Voyage.

  1. 8 Responses to “JEAN-LUC PONTY - HAMBURG 1976”

  2. the best as allways

    By Janis on May 5, 2009

  3. Fantastic concert!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on May 5, 2009

  4. Thanks for this!!! One can never hear too much Prog or Fusion!!! I eagerly await the reorganization of the library!


    By Kevin on May 7, 2009

  5. Great show, great music - thanks!!

    By Bálint on May 9, 2009

  6. Excellent concert. Thank you.

    By VP on May 12, 2009

  7. Great Show ! Thanks for That

    By Antonio on May 19, 2009

  8. extraordinary ¡ thank you from Chile

    By RODRIGO on Jul 16, 2009

  9. omg!!!! absoultly fantastic some of my fav music live..ty!!!

    By john kondrk on Oct 17, 2010

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