Jean-Luc Ponty at Zappanale, 2010

You might want to listen to the original King Kong (’69) album – collected temporarily here.

17 Responses to “Jean-Luc Ponty at Zappanale, 2010”

  1. jonnybutter2 says:

    I was always a little sorry that Frank and Jean luc didn’t get along, for whatever reason. As everybody here knows, Frank wrote for specific musicians quite a lot if there was something extraordinary about them, and the stuff he did with JLP in mind was really good; I love the ‘King Kong’ album – it’s a fav for me, right up there with other classics from the late 60s early 70s. What’s extraordinary about JLP is his absolutely impeccable ear, fantastic technique, and consequent ability to ‘play eyebrows’. If you doubt, listen again to the King Kong album. I’d also note that’eyebrows’ type stuff was done first with jazz musicians (original Mothers), so it makes a certain amount of sense.

  2. urbangraffito says:

    Ponty’s strength (as well as Zappa’s) was his ability to surround himself – and collaborate with – exceptionally talented musicians (Stéphane Grappelli , John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, George Duke, Al Di Meola, Billy Cobham, Bela Fleck, etc). Like jonnybutter2, I also love the ‘King Kong’ album. All one need do is glance at the listing of musicians, many of whom would continue to work on both Ponty’s and Duke’s best albums of the mid 70s, while others would become recognizable members of LA’s jazz fusion scene and much in demand studio session players (even in contemporary jazz fusion releases, many of these musicians are easily recognizable to the learned ear). That Ponty didn’t get along with Zappa, though, I don’t think it’s as cut and dry as that. I think we can all agree that FZ was a difficult taskmaster, and that musicians remained in his bands as long as they felt the benefits of their association outweighed the difficulty of working with such a controlling personality. The very same thing can probably be said about a lot of FZ’s contemporaries.

  3. Schlarb says:

    Ponty sure took the piss out of King Kong didn’t he?

  4. jonnybutter2 says: