Clara Ponty – Mirror of Truth
You guessed it, the well-noted violin master Jean-Luc Ponty has a daughter. A very beautiful and gifted one at that. Displaying Jazz, Classical and even New Age influences, Clara Ponty has created a compelling debut album that reflects this young woman’s natural gracefulness as well as her musical attributes, both as a pianist and composer of considerable talent. Like Anoushka Shankar, Nora Jones and their father, Pandit Ravi Shankar, this album proves that indeed, the apple falls close to the tree. Most of the songs feature sparse instrumentation accompanying Ms. Ponty’s evocative piano playing; oftentimes her father plays a supportive role on violin or sometimes synthesizer.
Remember some of the gorgeous, mostly acoustic albums that were created by the first so-called ‘New Age’ record label Windham Hill, which featured William Ackerman, Alex DeGrassi, Liz Story, Scott Cossu, and others, Mirror of Truth carries on that tasteful tradition most impressively. Often, Ponty’s compositions evince French Impressionism, following the highly demonstrative musical penmanship of Debussy and Ravel. Daughter and Daddy dance together beautifully, as on the title track, Mirror of Truth. Autumn Bells, a duet between the two Ponty’s is a melancholy yet resplendent tune that reflects the equivocation of a pretty, yet overcast Fall day, you can almost the feel the chilling wind as the kaleidoscopic leaves lightly somersault to the earth. The Cry of the Forest with Patrick Manouguian on guitar joining Ponty’s passionate piano, is another of the album’s remarkable songs. Looking for a poignant album for those special moments by the fire, you’ve found it. Looking for an artist of promising talent and equally stunning good looks, you’ve found her.