Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the area of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the
vocabulary of modern music.
The great American jazz violinist Stuff Smith hearing Ponty in the 60’s said “he is a killer, he plays on the violin like Coltrane does on sax” (Jazz Encyclopedia In The Sixties by Leonard
Feather). In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, Stéphane Grappelli said “No he is not a student … he is a great musician and invented a new style on the violin”.