Jean-Luc Ponty is a French violinist who has been musically active since the early 1960s.
Jean-Luc Ponty was born in Avranches, France, on September 29, 1942, to a pianist mother and a violinist father. At 18, he graduated with the Premier Prix from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. For the next three years, he played violin in the Concerts Lamoureux symphony. Concurrently, he moonlighted in local jazz combos on the clarinet and saxophone.
One night after a symphony concert, Ponty went to a jazz club with his violin in hand. In due time, his stature as a jazz violinist rose on the Parisian club scene. His abrupt phrasing, drawn from brass and woodwind players in the jazz realm, contrasted with the flowing style of his classical kin.
World Pacific Years
More Than Meets the Ear
King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa
Jean-Luc Ponty released his sixth solo album, Open Strings, in 1973 on MPS Records.
Atlantic Years 1975–1985
Upon the Wings of Music
Jean-Luc Ponty released his seventh solo album, Upon the Wings of Music, in June 1975 on Atlantic.
Jean-Luc Ponty released his ninth solo album, Imaginary Voyage, in November 1976 on Atlantic.
Jean-Luc Ponty released his tenth solo album, Enigmatic Ocean, in September 1977 on Atlantic.
A Taste for Passion
Jean-Luc Ponty released his twelfth solo studio album, A Taste for Passion, in October 1979 on Atlantic.
Jean-Luc Ponty released his fifteenth solo album, Individual Choice, in August 1983 on Atlantic.
Jean-Luc Ponty released his sixteenth solo album, Open Mind, in March 1984 on Atlantic.
The Gift of Time
- Jazz Long Playing (1964)
- Sunday Walk (1967)
- Humair, Louiss, Ponty: Trio HLP (1968)
- More Than Meets the Ear (1968)
- Electric Connection (1969)
- Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio [live] (1969)
- King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (1970)
- Open Strings (1973)
- Upon the Wings of Music (1975)
- Aurora (1976)
- Imaginary Voyage (1976)
- Enigmatic Ocean (1977)
- Cosmic Messenger (1978)
- Live (1979)
- A Taste for Passion (1979)
- Civilized Evil (1980)
- Mystical Adventures (1981)
- Individual Choice (1983)
- Open Mind (1984)
- Fables (1985)
- The Gift of Time (1987)
- Storytelling (1989)
- Tchokola (1991)
- No Absolute Time (1993)
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