Jean-Luc Ponty

In The Fast Lane


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12” Reissue of proto Detroit techno and jazz dance anthem – Favourite of Floating Points, Theo Parrish, Gilles Peterson etc.

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 a 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 liner 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.
    Release Date: 22 Nov 21 Cat No: VLM004