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Cosmic Messenger

Jean-Luc Ponty

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Cosmic Messenger is more elegant, European-flavored jazz-rock from the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty, and pretty much in the same mold as his previous Atlantic albums but with gradually tightening control over every parameter of performance. Ponty's analog-delay special effects on the title track are spectacular, and the album is loaded more than ever with revolving electronic arpeggios as Ponty's own involvement with the ARP synthesizer grows. But there is still plenty of his fluid, slippery electric violin soloing to be heard within the tight structures of these pieces, and the tunes themselves are often pretty good. In addition, this fusion express finds its way into the funk on "The Art of Happiness," and there are some tricky rhythmic experiments on some tunes.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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Cosmic Messenger
00:04:42

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

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The Art of Happiness
00:04:29

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Solo Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Electric Guitar, Solo Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Electric Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass - Allan Zavod, Electric Piano - Casey Scheuerell, Drums

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

3
Don't Let the World Pass You By
00:06:24

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, Solo Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Electric Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Electric Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass - Allan Zavod, Solo Synthesizer - Casey Scheuerell, Drums

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

4
I Only Feel Good with You
00:03:08

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass Guitar - Allan Zavod, Organ, Piano - Casey Scheuerell, Drums, Percussion

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

5
Puppet's Dance
00:03:39

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Organ, Electric Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Electric Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Electric Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass - Allan Zavod, Electric Piano - Casey Scheuerell, Drums, Percussion

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

6
Fake Paradise
00:05:39

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Electric Violin, Solo Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Electric Guitar, Solo Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Electric Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass - Allan Zavod, Organ, Electric Piano, Solo Synthesizer - Casey Scheuerell, Drums, Percussion

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

7
Ethereal Mood
00:04:01

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Electric Violin, Solo Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Acoustic Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass - Allan Zavod, Electric Piano - Casey Scheuerell, Percussion

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

8
Egocentric Molecules
00:05:45

Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Violin, MainArtist - PeterMaunu, Guitar - Joaquin Lievano, Guitar - Ralphe Armstrong, Bass Guitar - Allan Zavod, Organ, Electric Piano - Casey Scheuerell, Drums

© 1979 Atlantic Recording Corporation ℗ 1978 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

Album Description

Cosmic Messenger is more elegant, European-flavored jazz-rock from the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty, and pretty much in the same mold as his previous Atlantic albums but with gradually tightening control over every parameter of performance. Ponty's analog-delay special effects on the title track are spectacular, and the album is loaded more than ever with revolving electronic arpeggios as Ponty's own involvement with the ARP synthesizer grows. But there is still plenty of his fluid, slippery electric violin soloing to be heard within the tight structures of these pieces, and the tunes themselves are often pretty good. In addition, this fusion express finds its way into the funk on "The Art of Happiness," and there are some tricky rhythmic experiments on some tunes.
© Richard S. Ginell /TiVo

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