Happy 80th Birthday to Jean-Luc Ponty!! Born September 29th, 1942. Ponty forged the way for the violin in the modern jazz vocabulary with bebop phrasing and a punchy style, influenced more by horns.

  1. The album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (1969) is pretty damn good too. Not just one of the best things in Ponty's catalogue, but in Zappa's too.

  2. Was right in front of the stage on his Taste for Passion tour in Detroit in 1979. Unforgettable night. A true prodigy of the instrument. Made the violin cool. Is still doing so. Gallic genius.

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