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  • Innovative Sounds


    San Francisco Ca. USA

    Jean-Luc! Keep On, Keepin' On! Your Incredible Compositions For Violin & Sax Never Cease To Turn Me On!!! Love & Miss You! Hope That You Do Venues In California This Year!!!Prayerful, Happy, and Safe Travels To You! xoxo Bev!
    Mar 17, 2014 3:52am
  • recording direct

    Chris Devine

    Sunderland MA USA

    In watching the promo video for Clara's vocal album of a few years ago, there is a brief live clip of you putting down a track. Could you elaborate on what you specifically use between the violin and the studio/ live boards in terms of preamp, DI, EQ preferences etc? You're playing very 'clean' these days in terms of effects (compared to the 70's/80's 'old days'!) but the Barcus-Berry pickups, and most piezos, can be ugly beasts if not tamed properly ( I have the Barbera bridge on mine). Of course, nothing sounded grittier than the old DeArmond clip-on, remember those? :-) Lastly, is that the original 70's BB bridge on the blue violin?
    Mar 16, 2014 1:54pm
  • New recording?

    Gerry Y

    Kings Park New York USA

    Jean Luc Ponty to record with Yes's Jon Anderson? This should be fantastic.
    Mar 14, 2014 5:01pm
  • Cosmic Messanger

    Chris Michael Urbanski

    What a great album, and the song "New Country". A fantastic written piece of music that was well orchestrated. - Chris Michael Urbanski, Hickory Lane Publishing & recording, B.C Canada
    Mar 6, 2014 8:09pm
  • Hip-Hoppin on a Parisian Thoroughfare

    Chris Devine

    Laid up Atacama (although of course my copy says Acatama ;-) ) today and re-loved the treatment of the first track. Who would have thought to do Bud Powell with a hiphop groove? JLP, that's who! Since I'm sitting in with a zydeco group for Mardi Gras that plays in F literally all night, I'll mine this for a few new riffs to try and squeeze in. Enjoyed the video with the concert with Clara... had to laugh at myself as, never having heard her speak before, was surprised she didn't have a French accent! Of course, dummy... she's from California, not Avranches! Thanks for posting that, a pleasure to see and hear as always. Wishing you a restful and productive, and always healthy 2014.
    Feb 28, 2014 6:19pm
  • The quiet side


    Yesterday I was doing volunteer work at a transportation museum: sanding and priming the roof of a railroad car. After nearly 11 hours of this, I was exhausted and ready to head home. Turn on the radio-Garrison Keillor/Prairie Home Companion was too boisterous and silly..but wait-turn on the CD player, and JLP's Storytelling CD is ready to go. This time I was ready for some quieter selections, and the Chopin Prelude #20, Spring Episode, and Pastoral Harmony were exactly what was needed. Thank you, Jean-Luc, for providing music that fits every situation and emotion. By the way, in case you haven't heard it enough already...we REALLY miss you here in the US (hint hint)! ;-)
    Feb 23, 2014 10:33pm
  • tour?

    Bob Carleton

    Mr Ponty, Certainly, we have been been blessed by your contributuons but I feel especially blessed. After discovering your music , it has eased my spirit through The Persian Gulf War, being widowed (and re married :-) ), sobriety and daily work as a paramedic in Detroit. I now have began to educate my daughter in your music and she is ready for a jazz concert. We would really enjoy seeing you back here. Thank you again. Hope this message finds you well and at peace. God Bless!
    Feb 19, 2014 8:05am
  • Hi

    Jeff Jahnke

    San Francisco CA USA

    Hi Jean Luc I have met you a number of times at concerts etc. We would love to see you back in the states especially San Francisco~! I have followed you from your beginning. I set up all my clients (I am an av seller) to Pandora with Jean luc Ponty radio and they all love it! Please come back we need you or a new album! Best, Jeff Jahnke
    Feb 11, 2014 3:38am
  • Concert tour difficulties


    I have sought an "education" from a few friends with different backgrounds in the music business. I think I have some understanding of the level of difficulty in putting together a tour these days. It boils down to "cash flow" or the timing of cash that needs to be paid up-front vs. revenues that get collected later on (ticket revenues, etc). I am guessing that a 30-day tour has expenses in the 6 digits (US dollars)-high or low, I don't know. But up-front, expenses need to be paid for band members, booking agents, venues, travel, etc. Eventually the hope is those expenses will be more than offset by tour revenues-but-someone has to come up with that 6-figure piggybank up front. Historically, music promoters would do that...the problem is that that may no longer be the case. That leaves...the artist to come up with that, and that's a significant issue. This appears to be compounded by the notion of promoters requiring a new "project" in order to even considering providing seed money for a tour, and new projects, in the minds of some in the business, are not viable due to file-sharing, youtube, etc...opinions do vary on that, but at the end of the day, it comes down to the reality of the promoter or the artist, not the fans :-(
    Feb 2, 2014 3:56pm
  • To Lance

    Barry Smith


    Lance, I will take your request to heart, and in honor of your son, I will refrain from ever again texting and driving from this moment on. I will encourage others to follow suit. My brother lives in Detroit and I long to visit him soon. If Jean-Luc graces that area with a concert in the future, who knows? Maybe you and I can meet at the show! I've witnessed Jean-Luc's magic 7 times, the last time over 25 years ago! A bit over due don't you think?
    Jan 30, 2014 3:37am