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Enigmatic Ocean

Jean-Luc Ponty

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Consistently imaginative, Enigmatic Ocean is one of Jean-Luc Ponty's finest accomplishments. The French violinist recorded his share of fusion gems during the 1970s, and this album is at the top of the list. Often aggressive but sometimes reflective and moody, this LP is as unpredictable as it is adventurous. Ponty has plenty of room to stretch out, let loose, and blow, and electric guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Daryl Stuermer contribute some inspired solos as well. Also quite impressive is the insightful and passionate drumming of Steve Smith, who went on to lead the superb fusion band Vital Information. Ponty takes one risk after another, and all of them pay off beautifully.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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1
Overture
00:00:47

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

2
The Trans-Love Express
00:04:00

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

3
Mirage
00:04:54

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

4
Enigmatic Ocean, Pt. I
00:02:23

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

5
Enigmatic Ocean, Pt. II
00:03:35

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

6
Enigmatic Ocean, Pt. III
00:03:45

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

7
Enigmatic Ocean, Pt. IV
00:02:27

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

8
Nostalgic Lady
00:05:25

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

9
The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea, Pt. I
00:03:35

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

10
The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea, Pt. II
00:03:35

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada.

11
The Struggle of the Turtle to the Sea, Pt. III
00:06:04

James Austin, Executive Producer - Jean-Luc Ponty, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States and Canada. ℗ 1977 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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Consistently imaginative, Enigmatic Ocean is one of Jean-Luc Ponty's finest accomplishments. The French violinist recorded his share of fusion gems during the 1970s, and this album is at the top of the list. Often aggressive but sometimes reflective and moody, this LP is as unpredictable as it is adventurous. Ponty has plenty of room to stretch out, let loose, and blow, and electric guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Daryl Stuermer contribute some inspired solos as well. Also quite impressive is the insightful and passionate drumming of Steve Smith, who went on to lead the superb fusion band Vital Information. Ponty takes one risk after another, and all of them pay off beautifully.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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