Summer Solstice 2: A Windham Hill Collection

July 10, 2016 - Comment

With a blend of New Age sensibility and performances from world-class international artists, Windham Hill’s second Solstice collection is perfectly suited to the time of year for which it’s named. There’s substantial variety on this disc, from the ethereal guitar and flute of Angels of Venice’s “After the Harvest”, to the choral piece “Silgugu Isiphambano”

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With a blend of New Age sensibility and performances from world-class international artists, Windham Hill’s second Solstice collection is perfectly suited to the time of year for which it’s named. There’s substantial variety on this disc, from the ethereal guitar and flute of Angels of Venice’s “After the Harvest”, to the choral piece “Silgugu Isiphambano” from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, to the up-tempo, jazzy “Tres Curmins” from Lani Hall, to the upbeat “Alegre Vida” from Yomo Toro. There’s a fine contribution from Buckwheat Zydeco that evokes a carnival atmosphere, and “Lei ‘Awapuhi” from Ledward Kaapana, who infuses the piece with bluesy touches of slide guitar and bent notes. This is music to open your windows and air out your house to. — Genevieve Williams

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Brandon Hong says:

not what i expected, but good My first exposure to Windham Hill was from Winter Solstices 1 and 2. Naturally, I expected the Summer Solstice series to be in a similar style. I bought Summer Solstice 1, and I was not disappointed at all. The music was just what I was looking for. When Summer Solstice 2 arrived in the mail, I was excited to hear more of the same style. I was NOT expecting world music (as another reviewer said) with nice vocals in various languages. That said, I was severely disappointed with my…

alexxcz says:

the best world music CD I have purchased in years

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