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Re-inventing jazz violin


Personnel:

Jean Luc Ponty, Electric Violin
William Lecompte, Keyboards
Guy Nsangué Akwa, Bass
Thierry Arpino, Drums
Moustapha Cissé, Percussion

Ponty started out as a classical musicians and came from a family of classical musicians. His father taught violin and his mother taught piano.

He was a very skilled classical player graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with its highest honor, Premier Prix.

To make extra money, Ponty played clarinet in a college jazz group. Inspired my Miles and 'Trane, he started to take jazz more and more seriously.

After working a "double shift" for years - classical rehearsals and performance during the day and evening and late night jazz jamming late into the early hours of the morning - he decided to make the leap and jazz violin - a much neglected instrument - got a much needed shot in the arm



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