Life Enigma

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Life Enigma
Life Enigma.jpg
Studio album by Jean-Luc Ponty
Released August 21, 2001
Genre Jazz fusion
Label JLP
Producer Jean-Luc Ponty
Jean-Luc Ponty chronology
The Very Best of Jean-Luc Ponty
Life Enigma
The Best of Jean-Luc Ponty

Life Enigma is an album by French jazz fusion artist Jean-Luc Ponty, released in 2001. It is his first on his own label, JLP and arrives seven years since his last solo studio release No Absolute Time (1993).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
All About Jazz (favorable)[1]
All About Jazz (favorable)[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Todd Jenkins stated in his All About Jazz review: "...Ponty shows he’s up to the task of carrying the spirit of fusion into the new millennium instead of just mining the same old spent lodes. Though it was a while in coming, Life Enigma was worth every minute of the wait."[1] Glenn Astarita states "...if you're expecting some of the innovative pyrotechnics and high-octane jazz-fusion witnessed on some of his previous sessions you might be disappointed."[2] while Ken Dryden in Allmusic states "This is easily one of Jean-Luc Ponty's most compelling releases."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jean-Luc Ponty.

  1. "Two Thousand-One Years Ago" – 4:20
  2. "Signals from Planet Earth" – 6:03
  3. "The Infinite Human Caravan" – 6:37
  4. "Lonely Among All" – 4:25
  5. "Firmament" – 7:22
  6. "Pizzy Cat" – 3:16
  7. "Life Enigma" – 5:56
  8. "Even the Sun Will Die" – 5:37
  9. "Love at Last Sight" – 5:15
  10. "And Life Goes On" – 6:01


  • Jean-Luc Ponty – violin, keyboards, Synclavier, electronic percussion, electronic drums, effects
  • William Lecomte – piano
  • Guy N'Sangue – bass
  • Thierry Arpino – drums, shaker
  • Moustapha Cisse – percussion
Production notes
  • Jean-Luc Ponty – producer, engineer
  • Karim Sai – mixing, engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Alan Chappell – art direction, design
  • Adam Rogers – photography
  • Alvaro Yanez – cover photo


  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Todd S. (1 September 2001). "Jean-Luc Ponty: Life Enigma". Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Arista, Glenn (1 September 2001). "Jean-Luc Ponty: Life Enigma". Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. Life Enigma at AllMusic