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    Jean-Luc Ponty is a¬†French jazz violinist known for pioneering the electric violin in jazz-rock. Influenced by Miles Davis and John Coltrane, he distinguished himself in the ’60s with his punchy, horn-influenced style and be-bop-era phrasing. After performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1967, Ponty recorded one of the earliest jazz-fusion albums with the George Duke Trio and went on to record with Frank Zappa and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Setting out on his own, he released one hit jazz album after another throughout the second half of the ’70s and continued to break ground in the ’80s by incorporating MIDI, distortion boxes, phase shifters, and wah-wah pedals. Then in the ’90s, he shifted gears by combining acoustic and electric violin with the polyrhythms of West Africa. Winning over critics as the first jazz violinist that was as exciting as a saxophonist, Ponty sounds exciting as ever on vinyl.
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