Jean-Luc Ponty: Is Once Enough?


Is Once Enough?


Jean-Luc Ponty (violin)


Aurora (Wounded Bird WOU 8163)

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Jean-Luc Ponty (violin),

Darryl Stuermer (guitar), Patrice Rushen (keyboards), Tom Fowler (bass), Norman Fearrington (drums, percussion)


Composed by Jean-Luc Ponty


Recorded: Los Angeles, December 1975


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

"Is Once Enough?" is one the most energetic performances appearing on any Jean-Luc Ponty led recording. It is a true fusion ball-buster. Its engaging quick-tempo melody is an instant attention grabber. Ponty is a hot knife cutting through butter on this 5-minute piece, which seems to last only about 2 minutes. He is flying up and down the neck at breakneck speed and taking no prisoners. His sonorous runs overflow. Gifted keyboardist Rushen adds some nice touches. Frank Zappa alumnus Fowler plays a driving bass. Guitarist Stuermer comes to the party with his full arsenal. His solo is something any fusion guitarist would be proud to call his own. Though Stuermer proves to be his own man, at times here he sounds like a jacked-up Tommy Bolin.

This is harder fusion than generally appeared on Ponty's records. As the years would go by, most of this high-octane stuff would leave his repertoire, probably so as not to offend the marketplace. But that's just my theory.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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