- Released: December 1, 2009
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 2.Faith In You
- 4.Spring Episode
- 6.Tender Memories
- 7.Mouna Bowa
- 8.In The Fast Lane
- 9.The Gift of Time
- 10.After The Storm
- 11.Bottle Bop
- 12.Prelude No. 20, Op. 28
Personnel includes: Jean-Luc Ponty (violin, electric violin, keyboards, Synclavier, electronic percussion); Grover Washington, Jr. (soprano saxophone); Kemo Kouyate (harp, kora, balafon); Wally Minko (piano, keyboards); Clara Ponty (piano); Patrice Rushen (synthesizer); Yves N Djock, Pat Thomi, Jamie Glaser, Martin Atangana (guitar); Baron Browne, Guy N'Sangue
(bass); Brice Wouassi, Rayford Griffin (drums, percussion); Abdou MBoup, Moustapha Cisse (percussion).
Producers: Jean-Luc Ponty, Brian Malouf.
Compilation producers: Didier C. Deutsch, Darcy M. Proper.
Engineers: David Hentschel, Brian Malouf, Peter Kelsey.
Recorded between May 11, 1987 and March 3, 1991. Includes liner notes by Thierry Peremarti.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Audio Mixers: David Hentschel; Peter Kelsey; Brian Malouf.
Liner Note Author: Thierry P‚r‚marti.
Photographers: Pierre Terrasson; John Exley .
Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty has had a wide-ranging career. Early on he was considered the next Stephane Grappelli. Uncomfortable with this, he changed paths altogether, abandoned straight-ahead jazz, and became one of the leading exponents of the Eurooean jazz-rock movement. Compiled from sessions recorded in the '80s and '90s, this compilation treats listeners to a variety of original works based around dance grooves, African and Caribbean simulations, and other period electronic beats. Ponty's playing is virtuosic throughout, especially on "Bottle Bop" and the motor-like "After the Storm." On both tracks, he plays fast and furious solos, touching on some of his bebop roots along the way. Switching gears, Ponty returns to his earliest years with an arrangement for piano and violin of Frederic Chopin's haunting "Prelude No. 20, Op. 28."