A solstice signals the change in the seasons, just as this mouthpiece marks a departure from the traditional jazz alto setup. The Solstice harkens to the days of the ”West Coast” school of sound, made famous by such greats as Art Pepper, Lee Konitz, and Paul Desmond. The sounds and styles of these greats inspired the creation of this mouthpiece.
The Solstice has a rich core and a full harmonic palate, while also possessing a lively and lyrical quality. There have been several modern attempts to approach the West Coast sound but the majority leave the player with a stuffy, dull, and resistant piece. The Solstice plays open, full, and with ease. Its ringing, centered tone provides a unique avenue towards expression and opens the door to new possibilities. From flowing bossa novas, to the jazz quartet standards, to a beautiful, lyrical, emotional ballad…the Solstice does it all.
We played this mouthpiece next to hard rubber Meyer mouthpieces in the shop and it plays bigger, easier and better overall. Worth every penny spent for a great playing alto mouthpiece!!
No cap or ligature included so we recommend any of the following:
Francois Louis Ultimate or Pure Brass XL
BG Duo Gold or Silver Plate, Tradition, Super Revelation or Flex
Rico H Gold or Silver Plate
(#5, 6 and 7 facings generally in stock. Others are special order items.)