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Civilized Evil


Download links and information about Civilized Evil by Jean - Luc Ponty. This album was released in 1980 and it belongs to Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz genres. It contains 8 tracks with total duration of 39:38 minutes.

Artist: Jean - Luc Ponty
Release date: 1980
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz
Tracks: 8
Duration: 39:38
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No. Title Length
1. Demagomania 6:28
2. In Case We Survive 4:10
3. Forms of Life 4:50
4. Peace Crusaders 5:41
5. Happy Robots 4:17
6. Shape Up Your Mind 5:19
7. Good Guys, Bad Guys 4:47
8. Once a Blue Planet 4:06



Though it features futuristic-looking artwork and sci-fi song titles, Jean-Luc Ponty's first album of the '80s doesn't otherwise embrace the arrival of a new era so boldly. (That would come a few albums later with the heavily electronic Individual Choice.) Instead, Civilized Evil is a continuation of the jazz fusion style Ponty had perfected in the '70s. Still, the arrival of some new band members, including bassist Randy Jackson and keyboardist Chris Rhyne, brings a fresh feeling to the tracks. While Ponty had occasionally tapped into R&B grooves on previous albums, Jackson's basslines seem to bring a funkier, more swinging feel, especially on tracks like "Good Guys, Bad Guys," propelled by his thump-popping riffs. Ponty maintains a good balance between the contemplative and the cutting, and tunes like the atmospheric, acoustic-oriented "Once a Blue Planet" are balanced beautifully against the more intense interplay on tracks like "Peace Crusaders," making Civilized Evil an excellent place to sample Ponty's multitudinous modes.