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Jean-Luc Ponty (b. 1942) is a virtuoso French violinist and composer.

Born on the 29th September 1942 in Avranches, France, he was trained as a professional classical violinist at the Paris Conservatory. His attraction to jazz was propelled by Miles Davis's and John Coltrane's music.

He has worked with Stéphane Grappelli, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Frank Zappa, and has appeared on over seventy recordings.

In 1977 Ponty pioneered the use of the five-string electric violin, with a… read more

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  • His Live! album is so so good, all of the musicians on there are incredible. Check it out if you haven't.
  • Hola, hace unos 2 o tres años vino este monstruo del violin a Montevideo. Numca pense que lo iba a ver en vivo. Valio la pena hasta el ultimo peso, que pague por la entrada al concierto. Lo sigo desde mediados de los 7' , si viene a Uruguay ya estoy comprando la entrada. Un abrazo para todos. Mario
  • Really nice. Storytelling is on my playlist all the times, amazing for the ear.
  • It's just great! I've forgot these recordings. Discovered Jean-Luc in the 80's.
  • pure joy
  • Truly great.
  • A true genius!
  • wow, amazing!
  • Just stumbled on this & it reminded me of JLP : http://www.last.fm/music/C%C3%A9cile+Broch%C3%A9+&+Etienne+Bouyer+Duo/_/The+Town -looks v new, not tagged or anything.

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