JLP and singer Jon Anderson are touring again this Spring with the AndersonPonty Band, same band members as last November 2015. They are performing in the USA and Canada starting on April 28 through the end of May. Please visit the Concerts page for details.
Jean Luc is pleased to announce this new acoustic trio work to his fans, entitled “D-Stringz”, with Stanley Clarke (double bass) and Bireli Lagrene (acoustic guitar), which has been released by Verve/Universal in North America, and by Impulse/Universal in Europe. This new recording features a blend of jazz standards and original compositions from all three of these musicians.
The origin of this project with Jean Luc, Stanley, and Bireli as a trio dates back to 2012 when French jazz impresario and the album associate producer François Lacharme, produced an all-star concert at Paris’ Chatelet Theatre to salute Jean Luc’s 50-year-long career. In addition to performing with a symphony orchestra, Jean Luc organized two trios, one of which included Stanley Clarke – a longtime music collaborator – and French Gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrène, whom neither Jean Luc nor Stanley had yet performed with before. The three only performed five pieces during a 20-minute set, yet the performance’s impact was so immense that it inspired Lacharme to converse with Jean-Philippe Allard – jazz director of Universal Music France and general manager for Impulse! Records – about the prospects of recording them. Two years later, the three nestled inside the ICP studios in Brussels for four days to record D-STRINGZ.
This release is available in CD and download formats through Amazon and other retailers.
- STRETCH (Biréli Lagrène)
- TO AND FRO (Jean Luc Ponty)
- TOO YOUNG TO GO STEADY (Harold Adamson / Jimmy Mc Hugh)
- BIT OF BURD (Stanley Clarke)
- NUAGES (Django Reinhardt)
- CHILDHOOD MEMORIES (SOUVENIRS D‘ENFANCE) (Jean Luc Ponty)
- BLUE TRAIN (John Coltrane)
- PARADIGM SHIFT (Stanley Clarke)
- MERCY, MERCY, MERCY (Joe Zawinul)
Note: Steve Shehan provides percussion on several tracks.
Los Angeles - One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! “Better Late Than Never” is the new album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.
The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions. “Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty's beloved compositions, with Jon's lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc's classic tune “Mirage”.
YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento. International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!
“A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is.” - Jon Anderson
“Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations. It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon's creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago.” - Jean Luc Ponty
The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.
Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980's. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.
AndersonPonty Band tour dates in USA/Canada: please visit the Concerts page.
AndersonPonty Band Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/andersonpontyband1?fref=ts
Official AndersonPonty Band website: http://www.andersonpontyband1.com