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  • Harmonics

    Gabe Gladstein

    Hi Jean Luc I have a quick question regarding your use of harmonics. On the Chopin prelude on Storytelling (at about 2:12 in the song), how are you achieving those harmonics? Are you using your first finger with the fourth lightly pressed (false harmonics)? And how are you able to make them sound so pure? Thanks G
    Apr 30, 2011 7:50pm
  • Paris! (Emery Davis is here, too)

    Adele Hars

    Paris France

    Dear Jean-Luc -- Just saw it in the Metro: you're coming to Paris! Wonderful news. We'll surely get tickets. My husband, jazz violinist/composer Emery Davis is based here. (I sent you a private email, but not sure if you read those?) He is, of course, a huge fan of yours -- and his playing is often compared to your early work. He's currently doing a project here with the great bassist Wayne Dockery (see http://www.adelka.com/pockettrio/). He's got a couple beautiful Tucker Barretts (4 & 5 string) + his grandfather's acoustic. What are you playing these days? Anyway, can't wait to see you! Tres cordialement, - Adele
    Apr 28, 2011 1:44pm
  • Show


    São Paulo

    Hello! When Mr. Jean Luc Ponty goes to Brazil??
    Apr 23, 2011 9:15pm
  • Jazz Fusion discusson

    Janice Mason

    Berkeley CA United States

    Hello again Mr. Ponty, My sisters and I attended a program at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco on 4/17/111. A very gifted quartet of musician presented a program called "Jazz Fusion, or Jazz-as-Fusion." Kwami Coleman led the group with performance, archival film & discussion. They really made you think about why the music itself was was so much fodder for the music critics and many muscians, at the inception. Kwami played the keyboards, and he had a drummer, saxophonist and Bass player. It was extremely interesting. He talked about how Miles Davis, Weather Report, Chick Corea & Return to Foreever, Herbie Hancock (aka Mwandsihi & Head Hunters contributed to the wave of change, as well as John McLaughlin & the Maharishni Band. I'm pretty sure you could have contributed quite a bit to the conversaton. Hope to see you perform soon. Janice
    Apr 20, 2011 6:29am
  • concert

    kevin bukovac

    claypole buenos aires argentina

    We want you in argentina !!
    Apr 18, 2011 1:37am
  • RTF4 and Egocentric Molecules


    Schenectady New York USA

    I have written before and don't want to take up too much of your valuable time. but I saw someone suggest RTF4 performing Egocentric Molecules...and I must say that is a wonderful idea! RTF4 doing Egocentric Molecules live with Frank Gambale, Stanley Clarke & Jean-Luc all doing solos! Even Chick doing a solo!! Why not? Fantastic idea!! Jean-Luc, I've seen you use Egocentric Molecules as an encore piece more than once, and it always tore the place apart with thundrous applause from a happy, grateful audience! please consider the idea! Thanks! and again, thanks for everything!
    Apr 13, 2011 1:45am
  • Fantastic News!

    Chris Devine

    Jean Luc, I have been in touch with you a few times over the years - and am beside myself to read that the RTF tour will be coming to Northampton Mass., my home town! I can safely say that my bandmates and I in Birds of Flame are the only ones in this area that cover and perform Hymn of the Seventh as well as a number of JLP classics - and if we can do anything about it, we'll be within spitting distance of the band! All 5 of us are longtime devotees. If you guys could grant us an 'audience' after the show, I can safely say it would be a lifetime event for 5 otherwise dignified professional gents in their 50s. I was able to chat with you a bit after a show in Connecticut a few years ago, and shared that my reasonably successful career as a musician was largely due to your inspiration back in those formative years. It is no exaggeration that you are my favorite living musician. I hope this note is not too gushy and that my request is not an annoyance - but a handshake and a pat on the back from you guys would inspire us through a lot of arduous rehearsals! We are tremendously psyched - I can barely hold on to my bow right now! Thanks, Chris
    Apr 11, 2011 10:10pm
  • Gerarld Wilson Big Band

    Jean Luc

    BMB: one of the solo albums which I recorded for World Pacific in the late 60s with the Gerald Wilson Big Band is called 'Electric Connection' and is listed in page 4 in the discography section. It is not the one that you found on eBay, there was 1 track that was not used in 'Electric Connection' that the record label included later in an album by the Gerald Wilson Big Band entitled 'Eternal Equinox' the link you indicate shows this other album, my name is on there as 'guest artist' but I only play on this one track, I forgot the title, Scorpio Rising perhaps. 

    Apr 10, 2011 12:44am
  • Addition to discography?


    http://cgi.ebay.com/Gerald-Wilson-Lp-w-Jean-Luc-Ponty-Groove-Holmes-/220765201154?pt=Music_on_Vinyl&hash=item3366a1a302 The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, with George Duke on keyboards and Jean-Luc on violin. I don't think I saw this listed in the Recordings section.
    Apr 9, 2011 10:14pm
  • violin sound

    Jean Luc

    Francesco, thanks for your compliments.......yes lately I came back to electro-acoustic violins as they are called today, it's an electric sound but grainier and closer to acoustic than full body electric violins (or no body violin......lol......I mean with just a wood frame like the "Violectra" made in England). But then every detail matters, the bow you use, bow pressure using different techniques, the choice of strings, placement of chinrest, the strings holder, in other words all the details that affect the sound of a traditional acoustic violin will have an impact on the sound, even if it's less of an impact with an electro-acoustic instrument than with a completely acoustic one. Then it's not over........the preamp or amp or both and E.Q. also make a big difference. There is no magic formula, try different things and use your ears.

    Apr 8, 2011 12:27am