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Solstice (album)

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Studio album by
RecordedDecember 1974
StudioArne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo
ECM 1060
ProducerManfred Eicher
Ralph Towner chronology
Sargasso Sea
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings4/4 stars[3]

Solstice is an album by the American guitarist Ralph Towner that was released on the ECM label in 1975. It features Towner with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber and Jon Christensen.

The 1977 album, Solstice/Sound and Shadows, was released by Towner on ECM with the same quartet.


Allmusic awarded the album with 4.5 stars and its review by Michael G. Nastos states: "Of the many excellent recordings he has offered, Solstice is Towner's crowning achievement as a leader fronting this definitive grouping of ECM stablemates who absolutely define the label's sound for the time frame, and for all time".[1]

Track listing

All compositions by Ralph Towner except where noted.

  1. "Oceanus" – 11:04
  2. "Visitation" – 2:36
  3. "Drifting Petals" – 7:01
  4. "Nimbus" – 6:31
  5. "Winter Solstice" – 4:02
  6. "Piscean Dance" – 4:15
  7. "Red and Black" – 1:19
  8. "Sand" (Eberhard Weber) – 4:10



The American hip hop group Atmosphere used a sample of Jon Christensen's drum introduction to "Piscean Dance" on a track called "Shoes", which features on their 2003 album Seven's Travels.


  1. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review: Solstice accessed 10 March 2010
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 193. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1410. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
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