Jean-Luc Ponty King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa on 180g LP
Mastered by Joe Reagoso with Kevin Gray
In 1969, the legendary Frank Zappa introduced the rock music world to the stellar electric violin and keyboard work of Jean-Luc Ponty. Their collaborative work together on his album Hot Rats proved to be a success with the progressive rock movement and therefore more recording ensued between the two master musicians with the collaborative masterwork King Kong: Jean Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa.
Born in France, Jean-Luc Ponty had immediate success as a classical musician in his home country at a young age but soon caught the jazz bug and later developed his own fusion sound, experimenting with various electronics to amplify his violin, which led to massive acclaim all over Europe. His talent was very unique as the violin music he created resembled characteristics of wind instruments like the saxophone as well as the electric lead guitar, when he employed devices like wah-wah pedals and fuzz boxes to his amplified violin. Fame quickly spread to the United States thanks to an invite to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival and a new recording contract with World Pacific /Blue Note Records.
Introduced to each other’s music a year earlier by legendary jazz producer Dick Bock, both Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty began recording the King Kong album in 1970. The sessions featured a handful of Zappa’s earlier classics like "Idiot Bastard Son" from We’re Only In It For The Money, "America Drinks And Goes Home" from Absolutely Free, as well as the exceptional orchestral piece composed especially for this album "Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra."
Their collaboration proved to be a windfall for the fans and the music world alike. Along with some of the finest musicians ever assembled for a futuristic piece of music like this, both Zappa and Ponty soulfully displayed their amazing talents to create a modern day classic. Featuring Mothers of Invention cohorts like George Duke, Ian Underwood, and Artie Tripp III, as well as top jazzmen like Wilton Felder (The Jazz Crusaders) and Ernie Watts, Frank Zappa’s compositions, his arrangements and his guitar flavorings, and Jean-Luc Ponty’s violin work made this album the masterwork it is to this day. For further proof, just check out the amazing dual lead guitar and violin breaks on Ponty’s own "How Would You Like To Have A Head Like That," truly one of the coolest fusion collaborations ever caught on wax.
Friday Music now presents for the first time ever, the 180 Gram Vinyl release of Jean-Luc Ponty’s King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa. Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray, King Kong is truly an incredible choice and listen for the vinyl domain.
Also, for the first time in several decades, the original Ron Wolin album cover graphics are used with the informative liner notes by jazz author Leonard Feather as well as captivating studio shots of Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty during the recording of this very important and probably one of the first jazz rock fusion projects of that time.
Jean-Luc Ponty King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays The Music Of Frank Zappa Track Listing:
1. King Kong - originally composed for Uncle Meat
2. Idiot Bastard Son - originally composed for We’re Only In it For The Money
3. Twenty Small Cigars - originally composed for Chunga’s Revenge
4. How Would You Like to Have A Head Like That
5. Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra
6. America Drinks and Goes Home - originally composed for Absolutely Free