Not quite sure what Jean's going for here. At least the electric guitar solo is a nice surprise. The song gets really unorganized after this. This is actually almost a bad song. Sorry sorry, but the song title combined with the directionless approach of Upon the Wings of Music made it too easy for me to compare this song title to Jean's music at the time.
The song has more atmospheric violins much like in "Waving Memories" but this time they're not very appealing. Probably because they don't sound much different from what I've already heard in the previous song and I'm like a little kid- I need constant attention and junk food I think Jean realized he better take advantage of the violin in a way only he knows how or the results would quickly make everyone in the room sleepy.
This is probably one of the best songs here. It's entirely focused. I like focus! You know to use an analogy, Upon the Wings of Music is like enjoying your favorite brand of pizza but missing the sauce. Sometimes a rhythm feels boring and chugs along in an uninteresting way, or a keyboard jam lacks potential, or even the mighty violin feels weak due to Jean using it differently from how I'm used to experiencing it.
Plus it's like Jean was in more of an atmosphere mood which explains why the violin sometimes jams so unusually. This is because Jean Luc wasn't hitting his stride yet.
He just wasn't ready. He'd immediately rectify this on his Aurora album and beyond but for this outing, it takes a few listens to really get a feel for it. Ultimately however, I believe the album's somewhat sloppy and unmemorable overall which is not what I was expecting from the master himself.
A low 4 is my final rating. Jean Luc Ponty's music has always stood out especially well to me. For one,there's a quality about his style of playing that is just exciting and unique. Not only that but he has the advantage of always getting just about the perfect session musicians to play with him on his records.
By the the mid 70's the more flamboyant jazz-rock fusion sound pioneered by Miles Davis very early in the decade was having a close encounter of the funk kind. And fusion was about to make another strong adaptation. Because Ponty's playing had a strong bluesy flavor to it,that meant good news for any full on embrace he would make regarding the jazz funk sound. Again he made a superb choice of musicians including Patrice Rushen and drummer Leon Ndugu Chancler for these sessions.
The results are typically nothing short of breathtaking. The title song of this album is probably the funkiest piece of music Ponty made during this time,assisted greatly by the strong groove and Patrice's electric piano work.
He also has an entirely solo number on violin and electronics in "Echoes Of The Future",an electronica synthesizer type fusion number not far removed from what George Duke did on songs such as "North Beach". As it stands this album sets the tone for the four or five albums Jean Luc Ponty would make on Atlantic records in the 70's.
While this is one of his more groove centered releases and certainly among one of his funkiest,there's a musical quality here he would heavily expand on with each coming release. Not to mention that even for that this album has a very high standard of quality overall. It's actually one of the Jean Luc Ponty albums I was most curious about hearing over the years.
Finally, 'Question with no Answer' is a blast to play along with, if you play the violin. It says something of Ponty''s unquestioned electric violin domination when, decades later, his frenzied fusion still feels freshly innovative even on less received works.
Report abuse. A must have for every jazzrock lover. This masterpiece is filled with a deep, mature fusion sound. Years of playing with various jazz and rock bands allowed Ponty to gather many ideas and develop them into highest level. Finest groove is created by rhythmic section and the surrounding lava of gentle synthesizers and Fender Rhodes sound, which all are defining the fusion sound of late 70's.
Not only the groove, but also the compositions and improvisations by Ponty and two guitarist are briliant. You'll be gripped from the very beggining by electronic wall in title track, amused by delicate "Question With No Answer" and stunned with echoing fiddles in "Waving Memories".
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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. DPReview Digital Photography. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Things pick up again with "Polyfolk Dance" featuring some cool odd-meter passages. One thing the album as a whole is lacking in is strong guitar work the contributions of Dan Sawyer and Ray Parker Jr.
Also featured is a solo violin piece "Echoes Of The Future" with Ponty employing an Echoplex for layering figures on top of one another, something that would become one of his trademarks.
The rest of the tracks are decent enough fusion, but in subsequent albums, Ponty's compositional prowess would grow like mad. A good solid start, all told. This has got to be one of Ponty's best.
I bought the LP when it was his lastest. As far as I know, it was his first solo album. One person found this helpful. Ponty is a fantastic artist. This is because hardly anyone mentions the stuff he's done before this. He had an album in and probably more before this one but the common belief is that Jean Luc finally got off the ground with his trademark violin style right here with Upon the Wings of Music. In fact I just checked and not a single person has reviewed the studio albums he's done before this one.
A crime! The title song begins this wonderful somewhat short little album. A basic funky rhythm serves for a keyboard jam that soon follows. Truthfully the keyboard jam is sort of lackluster due to it being so unfocused, but the scorching violin solo comes in and thankfully applies a sweet kiss to this juicy baby. How did Jean Luc know! Anyway this song is some kind of smooth-flowing piano and violin orchestrated track. The violin is the highlight of course, and only gets more interesting as the song rolls forward.
No, "Now I Know" is smooth flowing! Jean's going for something atmospheric here with light touches of violin and some incredibly light jazzy keyboard work. I seriously have to question the keyboard work so far- it's exceptionally uh, not very good. Why is that? I have no idea, because it was extraordinary on future albums. Luckily the violin saves the day. I suspect that without the violin this album would have been so mediocre not a single person would have purchased it.
A fast-moving rhythm, somewhat dark atmosphere The song sort of gets really classical-like before suddenly morphing into a decent guitar jam.
I almost forgot! Yes YES! Rockin' with a fantastic violin jam at the end. Get email alerts for Jean-Luc Ponty. Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist. Join our , fans. Tracks: 1. Upon The Wings Of Music 2. Question With No Answer 3. Now I Know 4. Polyfolk Dance 5. Waving Memories 6. Echoes Of The Future 7. Things pick up again with "Polyfolk Dance" featuring some cool odd-meter passages. One thing the album as a whole is lacking in is strong guitar work the contributions of Dan Sawyer and Ray Parker Jr.
Also featured is a solo violin piece "Echoes Of The Future" with Ponty employing an Echoplex for layering figures on top of one another, something that would become one of his trademarks. The rest of the tracks are decent enough fusion, but in subsequent albums, Ponty's compositional prowess would grow like mad. A good solid start, all told. After Ponty has left the Mahavishnu Orchestra or after the group broke-up, whichever , Ponty started his own solos career although he had a few albums recorded during the 60's, most progheads - I included - became aware of his high-profile albums with this album.
Obviously, this album's success was encouraging enough Ponty to try to emulate this album's feel or formula if you wish on the next albums to come and it will benefit him, even if he will never sell enormously even on a jazz scale either.No, Upon the Wings of Music isn't Jean Luc Ponty's debut but it sure feels like one doesn't it? This is because hardly anyone mentions the stuff he's done before this. He had an album in and probably more before this one but the common belief is that Jean Luc finally got off the ground with his trademark violin style right here with Upon /5(13).