Jean-Luc Ponty’s ‘Enigmatic Ocean’ is an album recorded with guitarists Allan Holdsworth, Daryl Stuermer, keyboard player Allan Zavod, bassist Ralphe Armstrong and drummer Steve Smith and released on September 1, 1977 by Atlantic.
Track listing : . 1.Overture (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 00:47 . 2.The Trans-Love Express (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 03:59 . 3.Mirage (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 04:53 . 4.Enigmatic Ocean – Part I (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 02:23 . 5.Enigmatic Ocean – Part II (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 03:35 . 6.Enigmatic Ocean – Part III (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 03:42 . 7.Enigmatic Ocean – Part IV (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 02:26 . 8.Nostalgic Lady (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 05:24 . 9.The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea – Part I (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 03:35 . 10.The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea – Part II (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 03:34 . 11.The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea – Part III (Jean-Luc Ponty) – 06:03 .
Musicians : . Jean-Luc Ponty – Electric Violin, Five-String Electric Violin, Violectra, Bells, Grand Piano On (8) . Allan Holdsworth – Lead Electric Guitar . Daryl Stuermer – Lead And Rhythm Electric Guitar . Allan Zavod – Organ, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Grand Piano, Clavinet . Ralphe Armstrong – Electric Basses, Fretless Bass . Steve Smith – Drums And Percussion .
Production . Produced by Jean-Luc Ponty . Larry Hirsch Engineer .
Package : . Andy Kent – Photography . Frank Moscati – Photography .
Recorded during June & July, 1977 .
Released on September 1, 1977 by Atlantic.
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Not quite sure why this type of music is called “jazz” fusion. There is no jazz here, this is prog rock by people who like jazz chords. Cerebral music with no soul. That’s the problem with clasically trained musicians. […]
Let’s face it. Enigmatic Ocean is not going to change your life, but it has it’s rewards. It’s pleasant to listen to, makes good background music, your girlfriend might not hate it, the solos are often excellentand Ponty’s arrangements are clever and tasteful within the context of light fusion. […]
Essential to your Jazz Rock/Fusion collection and highly recommended for fans of any of the members on board, also Zappa fans might get a good kick out of this. You really won’t get better violin-fusion music than this. […]