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Live At Semper Opera

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Artist: Jean Luc Ponty
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: July 2002

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
3 stars out of 4

Jean Luc Ponty recorded a live performance at Semper Opera in Dresden, Germany on May 25, 2001. This CD is the result of that recording. Ponty and his longtime band cover material from earlier classic progressive jazz fusion albums to present day world-fusion compositions. Every song is an adventure by the eclectic and forward thinking electric violinist. The appreciative crowd is in harmony with the band on this evening, and the music ostensibly ebbs and flows with that energy.

I enjoyed this CD enormously, although I could never compare it to actually being there as I was in 1987 at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco to witness Jean Luc perform. If you have often wondered what Ponty sounds like live this is the next best thing to being there. If you have been blessed enough to be present for one of his fantastic performances, this is a nice reminder and keepsake of such an occasion.


Jean-Luc Ponty - Violin, Digital Editing
Moustapha Cisse - Percussion
William Lecomte-Keyboards
Thierry Arpino-Drums
Guy Nsangue Akwa-Bass

1. Imaginary Voyage - Infinite Pursuit (Ponty) - 11:16
2. Jig (Ponty) - 9:39
3. Forever Together (Ponty) - 6:18
4. No Absolute Time (Ponty) - 10:48
5. Mirage (Ponty) - 3:57
6. Enigmatic Ocean, Pts. 1 and 2 (Ponty) - 10:26
7. Band Introduction (Ponty) - 2:10
8. Mouna Bowa (Akwa/Ponty) - 8:44
9. Caracas (Ponty) - 8:56



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