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Album Review

As of 1976, Jean-Luc Ponty's variations on the Mahavishnu Orchestra theme were still fresh and imaginative, cast in a distinctively different, more lyrical, more controlled framework. For Imaginary Voyage, Ponty's instrumental lineup is identical to that of Mahavishnu — electric violin, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums — but he turns the emphasis on its head, with all commands coming directly from the violin (his) and less competitive crossplay emanating from his colleagues. For starters, "New Country" is a lively jazz-rock hoedown, one of those periodic C&W side trips that some fusioneers attempted for a lark, and "The Gardens of Babylon" is a wonderfully memorable tune, the beginnings of which grow out of "New Country." The last half of the CD is taken up by the title composition, a strong four-part suite that hangs together with barely a sag in interest over its 20-minute span. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

My all time Favorite Jean Luc Ponty Album

If you only own one album by the violin master, this is it. "New Country" is one of those songs that you will always stomp your feet to. "Imaginary Voyage" parts 1-4 will take you on a journey... just put on the headphones and lean back. Best cut, though, is "The Gardens of Babylon." This song has been on my brain for over 30 years since I first heard it. When I think of PontyMusic, it's always there. Put your money in the slot, my friend, and prepare to love this album.

Imaginary Voyage

It was fate that allowed me to hear Cosmic Messenger on our local radio station when it came out, loved it and began looking into other JLP music. Imaginary Voyage blew me away with the great musicianship of all the players, including Mark Craney on the drums. His best by far!

emensly beautiful and timeless!

This is one of the most sublime of his albums. It is beautiful and hasn't aged! Ponty's musicality is inspiring! It is touching and incredibly fun. buy the Album and more of his works you will not be dissapointed!

Biography

Born: September 29, 1942 in Avranches, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It has been a long, fascinating odyssey for Jean-Luc Ponty, who started out as a straight jazz violinist only to become a pioneer of the electric violin in jazz-rock in the '70s and an inspired manipulator of sequencers and synthesizers in the '80s. At first merely amplifying his violin in order to be heard, he switched over to electric violin and augmented it with devices that were associated with electric guitarists and keyboardists, like Echoplex machines, distortion boxes, phase shifters, and...
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