Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
In search of a new season to conquer (after a long run of successful A Winter's Solstice recordings), Windham Hill took aim at summer in 1997. The first Summer Solstice disc isn't exactly top-down cruising music; it's more... more »
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In search of a new season to conquer (after a long run of successful A Winter's Solstice recordings), Windham Hill took aim at summer in 1997. The first Summer Solstice disc isn't exactly top-down cruising music; it's more of a back-porch soundtrack suitable for watching fireflies or for mulling the fading light of a languid summer's day. A few pieces (violinist Tracy Silverman's take on Vivaldi; pianist Liz Story's "The Promise") feel a bit weighty for the theme here, but the disc is well stocked with compensatory highlights. Among them are the intelligent, softly propulsive melody strung together by Paul McCandless (oboe) and bassist Michael Manring ("In Our Jasmine Days"); David Arkenstone's twinkling, mandolin-centered dance in the sun ("Companions"); some classic Will Ackerman ("Incondizionatamente") on parlor guitar; a charming, slowly unfolding melody found in "Summer Star" by harpist Lisa Lynne; Story's lovely, ruminating "Out of Time"; a sunny frolic on harmonica by George Winston; and a hushed, jazz-inclined medley of Beach Boys tunes by pianist Philip Aaberg and guitarist Scott Mathews. --Terry Wood
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Great Summer (or anytime) listening
Neal C. Reynolds | Indianapolis, Indiana | 09/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first in the Summer Solstice series from Windham Hill, and very good indeed. This set seems more diversified than the latest one, and has a number of highlights.3. Michael Hedges--Dream Beach--strong acoustic guitar with flute and percussion.4. Michael Manring & Paul McCandless--In Our Jasmine Days--Manring's zen bass guitars and percussion provide a good positive beat underlying McCandless' pjlaintive edxotic sounding oboe on a surprisingly powerful cut.7. David Arkenstone on Guitar and Don Markelson on soprano sax provide a lazy, dreamy "Midsummer's Moon."8. Liz Story's loving yet strong touch on the piano makes good on "The Promise".9. Tracy Silverman--"Summer" from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons--violin & flute, very beautiful.10. Lisa Lynne--"Summer Star--Lisa Lynne on the celtic harp, backed by David Arkenstone's percussion and also flutes."
Where sharp technique and beauty meet...
Raf | London | 10/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I've owned this CD for quite a few years now, only now did I start to listen to it at a compulsive rate. I bought this album because I'm a big fan of Michael Manring, but ended up finding that every single song in this album is a mini-masterpiece: contributions from some of the best musicians were put together here and the result is an album which transmits lots of good energy, and the music touches your soul through its beauty. A few performances alone would be worth the price of the album, such as Tracy Silverman's flawless version of Vivaldi's "Summer" on the electric violin. Or Lisa Lynne's highly touching song. On a lighter side, there are also wonderfull songs, such as the opening title, or Michael Manring and Paul McCandless' joint contribution.Windham Hill has sadly gone out of business a couple of years ago, so I recommend you get this (and other remaining worthwhile albums) quick before they become impossible to find."
Filled with warmth and Optimism
Omkar | CA, USA | 01/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This Windham Hill gem is so cherubial that even in the gloomiest of winter mornings, I could find something to cheer for just by turning on my CD player. Instantaenously transports you to some magical warm tropical isle. Strongly advice new age music lovers to have this CD.
The mood presented by the artists is that of unbounded optimism and warmth. Who could ever not be moved by the compassionate harp play of the extremely gifted lisa lynne ? Instead of "summer star", the tune could as well be renamed as "infinite kindness". Another tune that strongly appealed to my aesthetics was Liz Story's "promise". The tune ends on an intensely subtle and sensitive note that promises to stop your breath for a while. Its sombrely sensitive mood is very hard to replicate, a bit cruspier than chopin. On this otherwise wonderful CD, I did find one song out of place. George Winston's M.M. Dunk. It seemed a bit more funkier than the rest and though the latter part seemed to be a bit more like party music. It might've added an ecclectic aspect to the CD though, but certainly not to my taste.
My favorite tunes are:
Summer Solstice - Sean Harkness
In Our Jasmine Days - Michael Manring
Reunion - John Boswell
Promise - Liz Story
Summer Star - Lisa Lynne"