JAZZ ON SUNDAY: JEAN-LUC PONTY - ENCINITAS 1976

January 16, 2022 – 6:22 am

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JEAN-LUC PONTY
Encinitas 1976 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the La Paloma Theater, Encinitas, CA; October 23, 1976 (Early Show). Very good soundboard.

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.

The mid-’70s was a fruitful period for Jean Luc Ponty. In May 1975, he released Upon The Wings of Music. He recorded Aurora in December 1975 and got it out in February 1976; and before the year was out, he had released Imaginary Voyage.

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.

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Thanks to ledwhofloyd for sharing the show at Dime.

ledwhofloyd (Ross) noted:

Jerry Moore source 1: -1.5% because it was running fast
Sandy Troy source 2: +3.7% because it was running slow


The Jerry Moore source of this show has better sound quality than the Sandy Troy recording, but the Sandy Troy  recording is more complete. Both sources needed speed adjustment.

I used the Sandy Troy source to patch the first ~2 seconds of the show and during Jean-Luc Ponty’s chatter before  Renaissance from 53:58.804 - 53:59.603. Interestingly, the tuning break before Renaissance seems to be cut in the  Sandy Troy source. I crossfaded the sources for about 1 second when possible. The Sandy Troy source is louder than the Jerry Moore source so I had to deamplify it.

I copied the right channel to the left from 53:58.804-53:59.603 to “repair” a dropout during Lost Forest. Because there are significant differences between the channels in this stereo soundboard, this is somewhat noticeable.

The encore is entirely missing from the Jerry Moore source. The audio also fades out after Aurora at the same point on the Sandy Troy source so this source mix is still not continuous.

I did this work in Audacity on a combined single track. I exported the results as retracked FLAC files and used TLH to fix SBE/create a checksum.

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glasnostrd19, Dime:

great later Aurora/early IV tour show. thanks for fixing up and sharing this mix. the break after aurora was likely there to flip the reel over, if this was ever broadcast (I wasn’t sure if FM or sbd but think you’re right about it being a sbd) and possibly also for the sbd source of any FM broadcast that may have happened of this show. haven’t heard this in ages, so don’t recall the imaginary voyage “diversion” in here. sounds like the pitch is good here, I don’t recall how it sounded in the old version, which I got long before having any clue about what to do about problems like that. if one source is with dolby and the other not, that by itself would change the “dynamics” of the 2 sources considerably, (along with any other differing factors).

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Lineage:
sbd reel master was made on Sony TC-755,
playback of r.m. on Tandberg A20A > Technics 1506 (JM’s 1st gen),
1st gen reel playback on Sony TC-850>Teac an-180 nr
> sbm1 > cdr > eac > cd wave > flac
transfer by Rob Berger

Source 2 *: Sandy Troy, shared by propylaen in September 2020
Lineage: SBD > Sony TC-755 reel deck > ? > CD-R > FLAC > WAV > CDR > EAC > FLAC 8
Source Mix Lineage: FLAC > TAudioconverter (combine tracks) > Audacity > FLAC > TLH > FLAC 8

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Track 01. Imaginary Voyage 25:39
Track 02. Passengers Of The Dark 10:21
Track 03. Renaissance 8:51
Track 04. Question With No Answer 6:09
Track 05. Lost Forest 9:19
Track 06. Wandering On The Milky Way 3:54
Track 07. Aurora 13:18
Track 08. New Country 4:01
Track 09. Tarantula 3:04
85 mins

Lineup:
Jean-Luc Ponty - electric violin
Daryl Stuermer - guitar
Alan Zavod - keyboards
Tom Fowler - bass
Mark Craney - drums

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  1. 8 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: JEAN-LUC PONTY - ENCINITAS 1976”

  2. A big un on this dude I heard . This guy gots a hoagie in his pants .

    By ELU on Jan 16, 2022

  3. This guy is so hot. My anus is moist for him.

    By The AntiChrist on Jan 16, 2022

  4. Rumor has it Jean Luc gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jan 16, 2022

  5. I sucked Jean-Luc’s ponty many times.

    By Derrick on Jan 16, 2022

  6. He used to oui oui on me a lot. C’est magnafique!

    By Derrick on Jan 16, 2022

  7. Makes me feel good that I am a twink and im honored to be boned by Heartland Sissy, Mark, HHH, DD Nelson TJ U-L-E

    By Derrick on Jan 17, 2022

  8. I never boned Derrick nuther fake

    By U L E on Jan 17, 2022

  9. Last one twernt me nuther fake

    By U L E on Jan 18, 2022

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