The Acatama Experience

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The Acatama Experience
Studio album by Jean-Luc Ponty
Released May 8, 2007
Genre Jazz, jazz fusion, world fusion
Label Koch
Producer Jean-Luc Ponty
Jean-Luc Ponty chronology
Jean-Luc Ponty in Concert
(2003)
The Acatama Experience
(2007)

The Acatama Experience is an album by French Jazz-Fusion artist Jean-Luc Ponty, released in 2007. It reached number 24 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart, Ponty's first charting album since 1997's Live at Chene Park. It is his first studio album in six years.[1]

The album personnel consists of Ponty's regular touring band with guest appearances by guitarists Allan Holdsworth (on track 4) and Philip Catherine (on tracks 2, 5 & 12).

The title refers to the Atacama Desert on the Pacific coast of South America. In the first edition of the album, the name Acatama was used by mistake.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable)[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Critical reception of The Acatama Experience was generally favorable. Michael G. Nastos states in his Allmusic review, "Considering Ponty's most recent work, rife with world or Afrocentric mishmashes or even further back mired in dense, overwashed electronic synth muck, this recording is not only a welcome change of pace, but a return to the great music that made Ponty an important figure in contemporary music. This one is recommended with no hesitation, and is the brilliant violinist's best effort in nearly 30 years."[2] In his All About Jazz review, John Kelman called it "...a welcome return to form. Thoroughly engaging, it possesses the enduring compositional depth and unmistakable solo acumen that's kept Ponty's name alive, even during years when he's been away from the public eye."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jean-Luc Ponty unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Intro" – 0:15
  2. "Parisian Thoroughfare" (Bud Powell) – 4:39
  3. "Premonition" – 3:43
  4. "Point of No Return" – 6:45
  5. "Back in the 60's" – 4:03
  6. "Without Regrets" – 4:29
  7. "Celtic Steps" – 5:52
  8. "Desert Crossing" – 3:03
  9. "Last Memories of Her" – 5:21
  10. "The Acatama" – 2:01
  11. "On My Way to Bombay" – 4:32
  12. "Still in Love" – 5:07
  13. "Euphoria" (William Lecomte) – 4:49
  14. "To and Fro" – 4:21

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

  • Jean-Luc Ponty – producer, engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Karim Sai – engineer, mixing
  • David Wilkes – A&R
  • Claudia Ponty – cover photo
  • Kimberly Wright – photography
  • Frederic Houis – photography
  • Jacky Lepage – photography
Year Chart Position
2007 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 24

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