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Ralph Towner - Solstice album download
Ralph Towner - Solstice album download
Performer: Ralph Towner
Title: Solstice
Country: Germany
Released: 1975
Style: Contemporary Jazz
Rating: 4.3/5
FLAC size: 1608 mb | MP3 size: 1150 mb | WMA size: 1522 mb
Genre: Jazz

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

Bass, Cello – Eberhard Weber. Composed By – Ralph Towner (tracks: A1 to B4). Design – Dieter Bonhorst. Drums, Percussion – Jon Christensen. Engineer – Jan Erik Kongshaug. Photography By – Rainer Kiedrowski. Photography By – Andreas Raggenbass, Gabi Winter, Jochen Mönch. Producer – Manfred Eicher. Solstice ‎(LP, Album). ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records. ECM 1060 ST, ECM 1060, 2301 060. Germany.

Solo Guitar Adventure.

Album · 1975 · 8 Songs. Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber, Jan Garbarek & Jon Christensen.

This album has an average beat per minute of 117 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 83/172 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. BPM Profile Solstice. Album starts at 153BPM, ends at BPM (-153), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Ralph Towner.

Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber (bass), Jan Garbarek (sax), and Jon Christensen (drums) sounded wonderful together. They had a unique sound, led by Towner's guitar and piano. It is chamber music played by jazz musicians. All the music was composed by Towner. Three of the 5 tracks would be played by his main group Oregon. The first track on the record, Distant Hills, was one of Oregon's most famous tunes. This group recorded their first album, Solstice, in 1975. Sound and Shadows was recorded in 1977

When Ralph Towner burst onto the contemporary jazz scene in the mid-70s, listeners were well aware of his awesome talent as a member of Oregon. But when Solstice was issued on the ECM label, it took the brilliant guitarist's caché to a much higher level, especially as a composer. With the otherworldly curved soprano sax and flute playing of Jan Garbarek, the precise drumming of Jon Christensen, and unique bass sounds of Eberhard Weber, the music on this album lifted the ECM/Euro-styled jazz and improvised music to a new realm of pure expressionism  . 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.

Ralph Towner: un americano a Roma. My Foolish Heart by Nenad Georgievski. My Foolish Heart by Geno Thackara. My Foolish Heart by Henning Bolte. Ralph Towner Solstice: Sound and Shadows. Five Years Later by John Kelman .


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

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  • Copyright (c) – ECM Records GmbH
  • Manufactured By – Sung Eum Limited


  • Bass, Cello – Eberhard Weber
  • Composed By – Eberhard Weber (tracks: B5), Towner* (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • Design [Cover Design] – Dieter Bonhorst
  • Drums, Percussion – Jon Christensen
  • Engineer – Jan Erik Kongshaug
  • Photography By [Cover] – Rainer Kiedrowski
  • Photography By [Liner] – Andreas Raggenbass, Gabi Winter, Jochen Mönch
  • Producer – Manfred Eicher
  • Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Jan Garbarek
  • Twelve-String Guitar [12-string], Classical Guitar, Piano – Ralph Towner


Manufactured by Sung Eum Limited. Licensed by Polydor International GmbH, Germany. Approved by K.E.C.P.P. Ministry of Culture and Information Registration No. 3. Printed in KOREA.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ECM 1060 ST, ECM 1060, 2301 060 Ralph Towner Solstice ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1060 ST, ECM 1060, 2301 060 Germany 1975
ECM pap-9035 Ralph Towner Solstice ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records ECM pap-9035 Japan 1975
2301 060 Ralph Towner Solstice ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records 2301 060 Brazil 1983
ECM 1060, 177 5857 Ralph Towner Solstice ‎(CD, Album, RE, Car) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1060, 177 5857 Germany 2008
ECM -1-1060 Ralph Towner Solstice ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records ECM -1-1060 US 1975