Andy Summers Earth + Sky R&M Records With The Police, Andy Summers' signature guitar sound was built around chiming chord sequences, recalling, on close listening, Roger McGuinn's pioneering work with The Byrds. But for the past 20 years, Summers has been cooking up jazzier treats, lavishly layered, and seasoned for more sophisticated taste buds than those of old Police fans. Erstwhile bandmates Sting and Stewart Copeland have also made extensive forays into jazz, but Summers' latest offering is generally more ambient, and therefore less immediate. And as with his previous solo efforts, this album requires more than a couple of listens to take hold. It's an eclectic collection, with the exotic time signatures of Pat Metheny predominating. Thankfully, however, the melodic licks remain high in the mix. Summers' seasoned skills find greatest expression on Roseville and the dreamy Above The World. But it's on Return that he finally unleashes the kind of wandering solo fans of this low-key veteran have been waiting for. Another highlight, The Diva Station, brings a welcome R&B aspect to proceedings. The intervening moments yield perhaps an excess of filler, but when they sound like Steely Dan outtakes, one can't complain too much. Earth + Sky, with its impressive cast of contributing artists and sublime production, is the kind of platter that can jazz up any lazy Sunday without rousing you out of that unhurried weekend mood. Another intriguing release from the man whose sugary white reggae origins now seem incongruous set against this richly satisfying molasses.