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  • Yoshi's Saturday 8pm

    Stephen Bove

    Mill Valley CA United States

    Jean Luc and his band! Monsieur Ponty, still a "singularity"! No one has his tone, his touch. No one inspires a band to rise like he does...the true king of fusion/jazz...not just violin, all of it! As he steps out, the audience is a touch worried, he looks a bit frail at 67, but then, the first notes, that inimitable tone and phrasing, we are transported, he is 30 again, precise, fast, warm, unique in all the world...we relax, smile, surrender. Composition after composition is perfect. The band is tight and striving. All of us who loved this music & wondered where it went since the mid 80s...we can celebrate again as Jean Luc and his band rebirth it. Magnifique! This is a Fusion band...sans synths and electronics. Jean Luc is playing through nothing but a Lexicon reverb and a small preamp/EQ (no echoplex or violin synth). William Lecomte (keyboards) plays Steinway grand and a Kurzweil, mostly kept to "Rhodes" and string/pad settings, dazzling the audience with classical cross-over flourishes and dueling with Ponty on long sometimes breathtaking solo-exchanges; Damien Schmitt (drums) plays a medium sized Gretsch kit making innovative use of rims, single handed rolls, a second (piccolo) snare and an unusual assortment of bell and splash cymbals (his dazzling tasteful and ultimately explosive solo got a full-house standing ovation!); and Baron Browne (bass) is closing on Stanley Clarke territory, sometimes moving forward in the mix to drive the band for minutes on end will his soulful finger plucking and lightning fast thump/slap techniques (he also received standing O's for several solo passages). Those of us who saw Jean Luc live in the late 70s and early 80s will always miss Allan Zavod's antics on synths and the impossible synergy of Ralphe Armstrong on Bass, Jamie Glazer and Joaquin Lievano on guitars, and Casy Schurell on drums...but this new Ponty band has the chops, a bit more mature/classical, a bit less frenetic, but just as magical!
    Nov 8, 2009 3:23pm
  • Yoshi's Oakland concert

    Rob Waxman

    Richmond California United States

    I just saw your great concert this afternoon at Yoshi's in Oakland. What a pleasure seeing you with a full band after all these years. I saw you numerous times in the 70s and 80s, and with the first Rite Of Strings tour. I was the only soul clapping when you initially announced The Acatama Experience album, which I love. It was wonderful to hear a number of the older songs today, mixed in with the newest album. The band were great, as were you. I hope you will return to Yoshi's when you can.
    Nov 8, 2009 1:55pm
  • Practicing

    Robert Delancey

    Dear Mr. Ponty, I just wanted to thank you sincerely for providing us with such an excellent musical experience at Yoshi's in Oakland last night. I have been a fan of yours for years, and this was my first time seeing you live. It was amazing. As a fellow violinist I am very curious about what your current practice regimen is. Do you have a daily practice routine that you follow? Any details you could provide would be helpful for all of the other violists here. I apologize if this question was already posted on the message board earlier. Thank You! RObert
    Nov 8, 2009 10:58am
  • Live Album/DVD?

    Chris Moore

    Saratoga CA USA

    A question that I forgot to ask Mr. Ponty was whether there were any plans to release a live album or DVD in the near future? The live experience is always so exciting that it seems a natural thing to capture! Cheers, Chris
    Nov 8, 2009 10:15am
  • Totally fun...

    Chris Moore

    Saratoga CA USA

    With many thanks to Mr. Ponty for a wonderful time at the Saturday evening Yoshi's performance. My gratitude for your kindness in sharing your autograph and your time after the show. I hope that your tour will be both safe and enjoyable and that the holidays find you in the comfort of familiar surroundings and family. Cheers! And now it is time for bed.....
    Nov 8, 2009 9:25am
  • Oakland, CA. Yoshi's Show

    Benjamin Cruse

    Fremont CA. United States

    Words cannot describe the performance that you and your band gave us at Yoshi's Saturday evening November 7th 2009. My brother in law introduced me to your music 10 years ago or so when I was 18. Beginning with Cosmic Messenger and Enigmatic Ocean I quickly worked my way through the rest of your music library and longed for the day that I could see a live performance. The passion with which each member of the band played is enveloping and indescribable. Your young drummer seemed to particularly capture the audience's heart as he poured himself out in a fury of flying sticks and blurry arms during his solo! Your pianist and basist really seemed to win the crowd over with their eclectic and varying stylistic talents, dousing our ears with an ensemble the likes of which I have never heard in a singular sitting at any show. Devastating and profound, my friends, and worth the 10 plus year wait to see you live. Thank you so much!
    Nov 8, 2009 8:19am
  • Long time Fan

    Annette

    San Diego CA United States

    Jean Luc I have been a fan since 1975 when I brought my first album of yours. I was 17 and now 34 yrs later I am still in awe of your music. You have sustain the times and your music is still wonderful. Thanks for the great talent.
    Nov 8, 2009 7:20am
  • Tour

    Eric Solfisburg

    Aurora IL.. USA

    Why are you not stopping in Chicago? You are making me and my friends drive to Detroit to see you? Saw you in 1983 and one more time after that. We love your music and hope we can convince our wives of the importance of the road trip!
    Nov 7, 2009 10:52am
  • Jean Luc Ponty Live!

    Cosmic Messenger

    ethereal mood

    At Yoshi's, a superb venue, on friday, a brief note for now. The Maestro was just simply incredible!! Very soulful and intense both sets. A lot of energy expended in the sets. Some witty, clever, and humorous comments in between some of the tunes. The Maestro's music has made the world a much better place. Mr. Lecomte and 'the kid' Mr. Schmitt provided superb performances as well. Lovely bass playing too by Mr. Browne. Great chemistry in the band. Powerful and moving performance! Infrequently a performance will move you for days afterward, this is one of those occasions. Thank you. I was hoping to thank the Maestro and properly introduce myself (Cosmic is not my real first name...) after the show but we left after 15 mins. A true professional improves their craft/skill/technique with age. The Maestro is such a professional. We wish you many years (a translation of a Greek phrase)!! I guess this wasn't such a brief note...
    Nov 7, 2009 9:46am
  • Santa Cruz

    Carol

    Awesome show last night at the Kuumbwa jazz center! Such an intimate setting for some extraordinary music. Merci por la musique et l'autographe
    Nov 7, 2009 8:34am