It’s hard to know where or what is the cutting edge. It’s in constant motion. Not to mention the fact that we each have our own edge. My edge is often years behind the edge that is celebrated by everyone else.
Jean-Luc Ponty has always, for me, inhabited that space or spot or whatever it is. He came out of a deep classical background and training. He discovered jazz and played with Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith. He went to California, electrified his instrument, and played with George Duke and Frank Zappa. He’s made records unlike any others, always moving forward, always occupying a space that seems on the edge – opening my ears and blowing my mind.
Computer Incantations for World Peace Jean-Luc Ponty