Jean-Luc Ponty: How Would You Like to Have a Head Like That?

Track

How Would You Like to Have a Head Like That?

Artist

Jean-Luc Ponty (violin)

CD

King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa (Blue Note 89539)

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Musicians:

Jean-Luc Ponty (violin), George Duke (electric piano), Buell Neidlinger (bass), Art Tripp (drums),

Ernie Watts (alto and tenor saxophones)

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Composed by Jean-Luc Ponty

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Recorded: Los Angeles, March 14-15, 1969

Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

This song represents the only original composition from Ponty's 1970 album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa. An extended cut, the writing of the song fits in perfectly with the rest of the Zappa covers and the fact that several of the musicians on the recording went on to play with Zappa, adds more nice flavors to this musical cocktail. Ponty plays his usual blend of blues licks and melodic ideas that step inside and outside of the box but they're very effective. Ponty's playing is topped only by keyboard master George Duke who gets the job done 100% of the time with excellent musical ideas, both harmonically and melodically. I wouldn't say that this is the strongest cut on the album but I give it two thumbs up. The Jean-Luc Ponty band from the early 1970s plays this song much more ferociously from the live bootlegs but this version triumphs because it captured Ponty at a pivotal point in his career. Just before he was thrust into the musical madness of jazz-fusion.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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