A versatile, innovative master of the electric violin, French-born Jean-Luc Ponty pursues an uncompromising musical vision that includes elements of free jazz, bop, fusion, pop, Gypsy swing, and modern classical music. He was one of the first jazz violinists to integrate effects and electronics as a part of his sound, making him a hot sideman in the 1960s and '70s on jazz and pop albums. He collaborated at length with Frank Zappa during the 1970s. He has released over two dozen recordings under his own name since 1964--twelve consecutive titles from the mid 1970s through the late 1980s landed inside the top five on the jazz charts. He has sold milllions of records internationally.
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