This CD reissue has state-of-the-art (for 1975) high-powered fusion that differs surprisingly little from the music that Jean-Luc Ponty
has mostly played throughout the 1980s and '90s. The violinist's quintet (which includes guitarist Darryl Stuermer
, keyboardist Patrice Rushen
, bassist Tom Fowler
and drummer Norman Fearrington
) displays impeccable musicianship and lots of energy. The group was often so tight that the violin, keyboards, guitar and (to a lesser extent) the electric bass had similar tones, sometimes making it difficult to tell who was soloing at a particular moment. Listeners open to the sound of electronics and funky grooves should be very impressed by the spirited music which combines the adventure of jazz with the sound of rock.