Solstice/Sound and Shadows

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Solstice/Sound and Shadows
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Studio album by Ralph Towner
Released 1977
Recorded February 1977
Studio Talent Studio, Oslo
Genre Jazz
Length 44:35
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Ralph Towner chronology
Sargasso Sea
(1976)Sargasso Sea1976
Solstice/Sound and Shadows
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Solstice/Sound and Shadows is an album by American guitarist Ralph Towner that was released on the ECM label in 1977. It is the second album to feature the Solstice quartet of Towner with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber and Jon Christensen.


Allmusic awarded the album with 4 stars and its review by Michael G. Nastos states: "The playing here by Towner and a group of other ECM artists is what made the label so noteworthy: It is full of elegance and aplomb and the musicians are as aware of space as they are of what fills it".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Ralph Towner.

  1. "Distant Hills" – 10:46
  2. "Balance Beam" – 10:44
  3. "Along the Way" – 5:14
  4. "Arion" – 8:44
  5. "Song of the Shadows" – 9:24



  1. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review: Solstice/Sound and Shadows accessed 10 March 2010