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  • Tone of the Jazz Violin

    Francesco Canas

    California USA

    Hello M. Ponty! I have some questions that are tone related. With all the electric violins you have used over the years and often codesigned I think you have been a real pioneer in the -sound- of a jazz violin, the tone that lends itself to full expressive potential in that idiom. Recently I have really been searching for the best tone for my playing trying to hear what is in my head and how that would sound physically. Of course, the best tone all depends on context, grappelli, venuti and those guys had a full acoustic sound because of their style, very tight vibrato etc but I would like to have a different sound than full acoustic in most settings. Think of guitarists, back then people would use a selmer guitar like django's, but now most people use either hollow bodied arch top or solid body for more fusion oriented things, using typical acoustic guitars only for certain occasions. There is a parralel to me for violin, I think having a sound that would be the equivalent of those archtop jazz guitars (but of course unique to violin) would really fit. Seeing as you have several acoustic electrics and several solid bodies, you use the solid bodied instruments to great effect in many pieces, and I remember you talking about the wood grain that you like in your sound nowadays. By using those acoustic electric instruments are you going for a completely acoustic tone or something in between? Do you find an acoustic tone the ideal for yourself in the music you play? I like the tone you had on the Sunday Walk record, it has this grainy texture to it and it exhibits the vocal quality of violin but is not open and pure, it has a buzz and heavyness. Was that due more to bow technique or amplification settings? Best regards man, you are always a great inspiration best wishes to you on all of your projects this year and on the endless journey that is music, I'll be sure to catch you live on your tour!
    Apr 2, 2011 4:28am
  • Enigmatic Ocean mp3s

    Terry Grant

    Thanks so much for the response, Michael. My download was from Emusic.com, but I also found it to be wrong on Rhapsody.com. On Emusic, the error is present on the LeVoyage compilation as well. Now I'm going to Amazon and download part III. :)
    Apr 1, 2011 5:31pm
  • mp3 Error - Enigmatic Ocean

    Michael / JLP Productions

    Thanks Terry for bringing this problem to our attention but which sites are you talking about ? I just checked amazon.com and Enigmatic Ocean Part II and Part III are correct there. JLP's manager alerted Warner/Rhino 2 years ago about this mixup and they said they would correct it. Apparently it hasn't been done everywhere.
    Mar 31, 2011 11:21am
  • Enigmatic Ocean mp3s

    Terry Grant

    I'm assuming this is already known, but all of the downloadable mp3 versions of Enigmatic Ocean that I've run across have the exact same track for Enigmatic Ocean Part II and Enigmatic Ocean Part III. I don't know if this is even the right place to post this, but I assumed that if you didn't already know, you would want to. I hate to see this great, great album out there in this state since I so often recommend it to new listeners.
    Mar 31, 2011 3:58am
  • Ralphe's solo on Egocentric Molecules


    Ralphe sure rocked on that youtube solo...it got me to wondering, how would Jeff Berlin have sounded?! Jeff's intro to the Bill Bruford tune "5G" made me think that Jeff would have done a sizzling job soloing on Egocentric Molecules...fun to think about...
    Mar 29, 2011 3:45pm
  • Burning performance of Egocentric Molecules + Frank Gambale = ?


    Wouldn't it be great if the RTF4 tour with Frank Gambale planted the seed of an idea...and the memories of that performance of Egocentric Molecules resulted in that seed becoming the JLP band tour in 2012...with a guitarist in the lineup, and some of those timeless, awesome contributions being performed again... Whatever the JLP band performs, I'll really enjoy it...I"m just watering that seed...appropriate analogy for someone who likes fruit trees, n'est-ce pas?
    Mar 27, 2011 7:53pm
  • Applause


    Porto Alegre RS Brasil

    Hello, my friend Jean-Luc. I'm absolutely fan of your music, since I came to knew it by the end of the '70s, when I was a teenager. I had the great experience of attending to your show in my city, Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, in 1984 or 85, I don't remeber exactly the year. But it was magic, really inspiring, and I will never forget it. Please let me know if someday you intend to return here; there will be a lot of fans waitin anxiously for your presence. Porto Alegre (that means somehing like "happy port") is a city with a great level of cultual activity, and we all love good books, movies, plays, and music. And there's no doubt among us that yours is great music. We hope to welcome you as soon as possible. Thanks for all!
    Mar 26, 2011 7:49pm
  • Burning

    Cosmic Messenger

    Fake Paradise

    Yes indeed. Thanx for the link BMB. That is definitely Ralphe, one of the greatest bassists many feel, esp on electric fretless. I feel he is in the top three in no particular order along with Jaco and Michael Manring. These bassists stretch out the boundaries. probably should add Percy Jones. I don't think he toured with the maestro since 1980. I guess he wanted to come to Southern France....... and for this gig... Anyhow, great to see and hear him.
    Mar 26, 2011 12:31am
  • 1983 Video

    Jean Luc

    You're almost right BMB .....this video is from 1983 at MIDEM in Cannes, South of France, a yearly convention for record companies and music publishers from around the world. Allan Zavod on keyboards, Jamie Glaser on guitar, Ralphe Armstrong on bass and Rayford Griffin on drums, it sure sounds tight for a live performance and we were burning....!

    Mar 25, 2011 11:37pm
  • Another version of Egocentric Molecules


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFQyqJNwFI8 The youtube video claims this was recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1982. I doubt that, as other videos from that concert show Keith Jones on bass. This looks more like Don Kirchner's Rock Concert/Midnight Concert type of concert. Always exciting to see and hear this composition...maybe again some day in the future...
    Mar 25, 2011 12:12am