Jean-Luc Ponty

In The Fast Lane

Vive La Musique

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2021 reissue w/ Opolopo remix, full colour sleeve, not sealed at the factory.

Tracklist:

A: Jean-Luc Ponty – In the Fast Lane
B: Opolopo – In the Fast Lane

Short Release Info:

12″ Reissue of proto Detroit techno and jazz dance anthem – Favourite of Floating Points, Theo Parrish, Gilles Peterson…
Vive La Musique is proud to present the first record in a special series, celebrating legendary French musician Jean-Luc Ponty and his influence on electronic dance music. Ponty is a prolific composer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, with over thirty albums to his name, exploring a wide spectrum of jazz, electronic music, and later, West African sounds.
Originally released in 1989, “In the Fast Lane” is a rich and vibrant composition, with Ponty’s rhythmical Synclavier keys and uplifting violin melodies dancing over a driving offbeat groove. The track is firm favourite of an endless list of underground heavyweights including Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge and many others. Championed by influential Detroit radio DJ the Electrifying Mojo, Ponty is dearly loved in the Motor City and is cited as a key influence by many of the pioneers of the techno movement. The track also lit up dancefloors in the UK jazz dance scene which started in the late 80s and is one of the all-time classic tunes from the Dingwalls sessions.
Vive La Musique brings this unique work to the 12″ single format for the first time, beautifully remastered by Atjazz and cut loud at 45 rpm. The release also features a brilliant cover version from Opolopo. He faithfully recreates the original synth lines around a deep and jazzy house groove, producing a modern dancefloor masterpiece, which highly impressed Ponty.
The 12″ is presented with stunning artwork and linear notes written by Ponty himself, telling the story of how the track was composed and recorded as well as exclusive photographs that have never been published before.

 

Long info:

 

“With such a long career in the world of jazz and prog. rock,
it makes me very happy to discover that younger generations
of musicians from other styles of music and DJs appreciate my
work and are inspired to make their own versions. ”
Jean-Luc Ponty (2021)

Vive La Musique is proud to present the first record in a special series, celebrating legendary French musician Jean-Luc Ponty and his influence on electronic dance music.

Ponty is a prolific composer with over fifty albums to his name, exploring a wide spectrum of jazz, fused with rock, electronic music and later in his career, West African sounds. A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, famed for being one of the pioneers of the electric violin, Ponty also experimented with synthesis, composing a number of his albums with the Synclavier – one of the first synths to link up to a computer, offering the opportunity to create and combine multiple sounds.

Originally released in 1989 on the Storytelling album, “In the Fast Lane” is a rich and vibrant composition, with Ponty’s rhythmical Synclavier keys and uplifting violin melodies dancing over a driving offbeat groove. The track lit up dancefloors in the UK jazz dance movement which started in the late 80s and is one of the all-time classic tunes from the Dingwalls sessions. Championed by influential Detroit radio DJ the Electrifying Mojo, Ponty is also dearly loved in the Motor City and is cited as a key influence by many of the pioneers of the techno movement.

Vive La Musique brings this unique track to the 12″ single format for the first time, beautifully remastered by Atjazz and cut loud at 45 rpm. The release also features a brilliant cover version from Opolopo. He faithfully recreates the original synth lines around a deep and jazzy house groove, producing a modern dancefloor masterpiece, which highly impressed Ponty.

The 12″ is presented with stunning artwork by Michal Rafaj and linear notes written by Ponty himself, telling the story of how the track was composed and recorded as well as exclusive photographs that have never been published before.

FEEDBACK

“I cant believe this is coming out again! Its’ great to have this back out and it sounds brilliant!”
Gilles Peterson

“Oh Waow! Love JEAN LUC PONTY! Love the Opolopo version!
BRILLIANT”
Laurent-Garnier

“Thanks Aroop. What a classic! An official 12” with liner notes etc finally gives this anthem the format it deserves. Just pre-ordered the 12” on BC.”
Mr Scruff

“I love ‘in the fast lane’. Amazing record,”
Joe Goddard (Hot Chip)

“Thanks! never heard this one before. wicked tune!”
Hunee

“such a beautiful thing you did man.
nothing beats the original tho but Opolopo did a great job.”
Lefto

“Dear Aroop! I really respect your project.
I bought it when it was released.
I will play on may radio show.
And I will order vinyl on Especial records”
Shuya Okino (Kyoto Jazz Massive)

 

Side A
1.Jean-Luc Ponty – In the Fast Lane
(Jean-Luc Ponty)
Jean-Luc Ponty: 5 String violin and Synclavier-II
Baron Browne: Bass
Rayford Griffin: Drums
Produced by Jean-Luc Ponty.
Mixed by Brian Malouf.
Recorded at Can Am Studios, Tarzana. Los Angeles
Mastered for 12” by Atjazz
(P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment
Licensed courtesy Of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Side B
1.Opolopo – In the Fast Lane
(Jean-Luc Ponty , Peter Major)
Recorded and produced by Opolopo
Mastered by Atjazz
(P) 2021 Vive La Musique

All tracks published by YTNOP Music
Artwork – Michal Rafaj
Photographs courtesy of Bill Sauter, Frederic Houis, Klaus Blasquiz
Executive Producer – Aroop Roy

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Weight230 g
Artist

Title

In The Fast Lane

Label

Catalog #

VLM-004

Genre

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Release Format

Vinyl

Release Type

Single

Format Description

12"

Release Date

November 05, 2021

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