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The Acatama Experience


Download links and information about The Acatama Experience by Jean - Luc Ponty. This album was released in 2007 and it belongs to Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 59:00 minutes.

Artist: Jean - Luc Ponty
Release date: 2007
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz
Tracks: 14
Duration: 59:00
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No. Title Length
1. Intro 0:15
2. Parisian Thoroughfare 4:39
3. Premonition 3:43
4. Point of No Return 6:45
5. Back In the 60's 4:03
6. Without Regrets 4:29
7. Celtic Steps 5:52
8. Desert Crossing 3:03
9. Last Memories of Her 5:21
10. The Acatama Experience 2:01
11. On My Way to Bombay 4:32
12. Still In Love 5:07
13. Euphoria 4:49
14. To and Fro 4:21



Jean-Luc Ponty has dabbled in commercialized music off the beaten path of jazz for quite a number of years, a dilution of the straight-ahead and fusion-oriented music that made him an instantly recognized post-Stéphane Grappelli performer. The Acatama Experience is apparently a good one for Ponty, as his "new" style harks back to his emergence in the mid-'70s. It's a back-to-basics approach, paring down the histrionics and processed electric violin to a merely amplified, natural approach. Ponty has also surrounded himself with two excellent players in keyboardist William Lecomte and drummer Thierry Arpino, and on three tracks an old friend, the Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine. The band gets things rolling with a contemporary, funky, yet very respectful version of Bud Powell's "Parisian Thoroughfare," with other variations away from the core sound including an eighth note-centered "Celtic Steps" replete with danceable fiddlistics, the portable road song "Still in Love," and the title cut — an unusual, understated, spacy, ambient, overdubbed solo for Ponty on various instruments. The retro tracks are contemporary in nature, but reminiscent of his days with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. "Premonition," with help from Catherine, is a natural circular stairstep two-note climb with a booming electric bass guitar line from Guy Nsangué Akwa, while the waltz "Last Memories of Her" has the same basic ascendant quality with Lecomte's melancholy piano signifying the end of a beautiful friendship. Another standout track, "Euphoria" is couched in a bright, happy 6/8 Latin base, made luminous by the vibraphone playing of Taffa Cissé. Considering Ponty's most recent work, rife with world or Afrocentric mishmashes or even further back mired in dense, overwashed electronic synth muck, this recording is not only a welcome change of pace, but a return to the great music that made Ponty an important figure in contemporary music. This one is recommended with no hesitation, and is the brilliant violinist's best effort in nearly 30 years. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi