Jean-Luc Ponty (born 29 September 1942, Avranches, France) is a French violinist and jazz composer.
In 1969, Frank Zappa composed the music for Jean-Luc’s solo album King Kong (World Pacific). In 1972, Elton John invited Ponty to contribute to his Honky Chateau album. Within a year — at the urging of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention who wanted him to join their tour — Ponty emigrated with his wife and two young daughters to America and made his home in Los Angeles. He continued to work on a variety of projects — including a pair of John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra albums and tours (Apocalypse and Visions of the Emerald Beyond) until 1975, when he signed on as a solo artist with Atlantic Records.
In 1984, Ponty released his 27th album “Open Mind” and the title track was remixed by Mark S. Berry for the US 12″ single.
Open Mind (Special Dance Mix) 6:40
Open Mind (Edited Version) 4:19