RALPH TOWNER — Solstice

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Album · 1975

Tracklist

A1 Oceanus 10:58
A2 Visitation 2:32
A3 Drifting Petals 6:56
B1 Nimbus 6:25
B2 Winter Solstice 3:58
B3 Piscean Dance 3:33
B4 Red And Black 1:12
B5 Sand 4:07

Total Time: 40:57

Line-up/Musicians

Ralph Towner: 12-string guitar, classical guitar, piano
Eberhard Weber: cello, bass instrument
Jan Garbarek: flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Jon Christensen: drums, percussion

About this release

ECM Records – ECM 1060 ST (Germany)

Recorded December 1974 at Arne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo

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An important ECM artist for mostly minimalist jazz instrumentals, alongside the likes of Jan Garbarek and Eberhard Weber or even keyboardist Keith Jarrett. What needs to be said about Solstice? An absolutely stunning aural tapestry of sound encompassing all the characteristics one would feel or find with Winter, distant sun, weak sunlight, falling leaves or still frozen lakes and driven snow. It's depiction of this mood is so accurately kicked off with the splendid Oceanus. Towner's 12 string guitar is simply beautiful as is Garbarek's flute. A major highlight throughout Solstice is Eberhard Weber's bass and cello playing too. The musicianship holds this album together extremely well and being under the ECM banner/or progressive sound one can tell on listening and appreciating it why the music does not age at all. Anyway "Oceanus" take the listener on a swirling 11 minute ride before the alien song called ' Visitation' steps in. Perhaps one of the few songs that really does send shivers down the spine when depicting the possibilities of alien life. The most unusual track on the album but not unpleasant, reminds the reviewer morelike of amoeba and still pond life in midst of Winter. ' Drifting Petals" closes side one and is a beautiful seven minute passage and in the reviewers opinion the most accessible song on Solstice. Side two follows with ' Nimbus' which is an extremely clever piece of music with quirky time signatures as Weber and Towner interchange expertly between cello, bass and 12 string. Winter Solstice is next and here and the next few songs is where Garbarek seems to have more license to play out the album with the exception of Piscean Dance.

In summary this album would have received a fiver star rating had the album not dissipated so readily after Winter Solstice. It is an exceptional work that will require repeated listens by people new to RT before fully appreciating how important this work is. Four and a half stars.

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