Cantaloupe Island (album)

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Cantaloupe Island
Compilation album by Jean-Luc Ponty
Released 1976
Recorded 1969
Genre Jazz fusion
Label Blue Note
Producer Dick Bock
Jean-Luc Ponty chronology
Cantaloupe Island
(1976)
Le Voyage: The Jean-Luc Ponty Anthology
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable) [1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Cantaloupe Island is an album by French jazz fusion artist Jean-Luc Ponty first released in 1976. It combines two previously issued albums: King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa and Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio, both recorded in 1969 for the World Pacific label.

Reissues[edit]

  • Cantaloupe Island was digitally re-mastered and reissued on CD by BGO in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Frank Zappa unless otherwise noted.

  1. "King Kong" – 4:58
  2. "Idiot Bastard Son" – 4:01
  3. "Twenty Small Cigars" – 5:35
  4. "How Would You Like to Have a Head Like That" (Ponty) – 7:18
  5. "Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra" – 19:25
  6. "America Drinks and Goes Home" – 2:42
  7. "Foosh" (George Duke) – 9:01
  8. "Pamukkale" (Dauner) – 6:33
  9. "Contact" (Ponty) – 7:15
  10. "Cantaloupe Island" (Herbie Hancock) – 8:28
  11. "Starlight, Starbright" (Jean-Bernard Eisinger) – 9:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Jean-Luc Ponty – violin, electric violin, baritone violin
  • Frank Zappa – guitar
  • Art Tripp – drums
  • Ian Underwood – tenor sax
  • Ernie Watts – alto and tenor sax
  • George Duke – piano
  • Gene Estes – percussion, vibraphone
  • Dick Berk – drums
  • Wilton Felder – bass
  • John Guerin – drums
  • John Heard – bass
  • Buell Neidlinger – bass
  • Milton Thomas – viola
  • Vincent DeRosa – French horn, descant
  • Donald Christlieb – bassoon
  • Gene Cipriano – English horn, oboe
  • Arthur Maebe – flugelhorn, French horn, tuben
  • Jonathan Meyer – flute
  • Harold Bemko – cello, electronic sounds

Production notes[edit]

  • Richard Bock – producer
  • Frank Zappa – arranger, composer, conductor
  • Ian Underwood– conductor
  • Leonard Feather – liner notes
  • David Brand – engineer
  • Dick Klune – engineer
  • Andrew Thompson – remastering
  • Michael Cuscuna – reissue producer

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