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EDITORS’ NOTES

From 1975 to 1981, the German bassist and composer Eberhard Weber led a quartet, Colours, which created a brand of classically tinged Euro-jazz that was highly melodic, harmonically rich, and rhythmically flexible. This set includes three albums: Yellow Fields (originally released in 1976), Silent Feet (1978), and Little Movements (1980). Weber, keyboardist Rainer Bruninghaus, and saxophonist Charlie Mariano appear on all three discs; Jon Christensen is the drummer on Yellow Fields, and ex-Soft Machine member John Marshall drums on the other two releases. Weber, who uses a customized 5-string electro-acoustic instrument, has a highly distinctive sound, and his bass lines are consistently inventive. Mariano, an American who played with Charlie Mingus and Stan Kenton, is best known as an alto player, but here he mostly sticks to soprano. (He also plays flute, and two Indian double-reed instruments, shenai and nagaswaram.) Bruninghaus is equally tasteful on electric keyboards and piano, and both drummers can drive the band or paint delicate textures. An excellent collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From 1975 to 1981, the German bassist and composer Eberhard Weber led a quartet, Colours, which created a brand of classically tinged Euro-jazz that was highly melodic, harmonically rich, and rhythmically flexible. This set includes three albums: Yellow Fields (originally released in 1976), Silent Feet (1978), and Little Movements (1980). Weber, keyboardist Rainer Bruninghaus, and saxophonist Charlie Mariano appear on all three discs; Jon Christensen is the drummer on Yellow Fields, and ex-Soft Machine member John Marshall drums on the other two releases. Weber, who uses a customized 5-string electro-acoustic instrument, has a highly distinctive sound, and his bass lines are consistently inventive. Mariano, an American who played with Charlie Mingus and Stan Kenton, is best known as an alto player, but here he mostly sticks to soprano. (He also plays flute, and two Indian double-reed instruments, shenai and nagaswaram.) Bruninghaus is equally tasteful on electric keyboards and piano, and both drummers can drive the band or paint delicate textures. An excellent collection.

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

7 Ratings

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xyi,

Here is another instance where the buyer can either spend $25 or buy nothing. Does Itunes ever charge 50 cents for songs under 3 minutes? If not, why does a song over 7 minutes compel purchase of the whole album, especially when the price of this particular album is over twice that of the average CD. Some of these songs are very beautiful, but I don't want the whole album. I suspect that if greedy itunes would let people pay a bit more for individual longer songs, they would end up making more, at least with respect to prohibitively expensive CDs.

nice collection

shofar121,

Xyi,

This is a collection of three previously released albums, hence the $25 price.

I agree with you about the whole 99 cents for any track under 10 minutes for most albums, 7 minutes for ECM albums, but anything longer then that you have to buy the entire album. That is BS. Either every track should be 99 cents no matter how long it is or it should be a sliding scale. Very short tracks should be less then 99 cents and tracks over 10 minutes should cost more.

These albums are very good. I really enjoy the quality or the tone of Eberhard's bass. It is lovely.

About Eberhard Weber

Though not strictly a jazz bassist and certainly one of the least flamboyant improvisers, Eberhard Weber is among Europe's finest bassists. His style doesn't embrace either a bluesy orientation or an animated, energetic approach. Weber's influences are primarily European, notably contemporary classical and new music. His technique of using contrasting ostinato patterns in different voices was taken from composer Steve Reich. He's also made innovations in bass design. Weber added an extra string to his electric bass at the top in the early '70s; this extended its range and gave it a deeper, more striking sound. He added yet another string above that in the late '70s.

Weber once doubled on cello but dropped it to concentrate on acoustic and electric bass. Weber's father taught him cello at six, and he began to play bass at 16. He worked in school orchestras, dance bands, and local jazz groups. He met Wolfgang Dauner while participating in the Dusseldorf Amateur Jazz Festival in the early '60s; they worked together over the next eight years, both as a duo and in the group Et Cetera. Weber worked with Dave Pike in the early '70s, and co-led the band Spectrum with Volker Kriegel. His early-'70s album The Colours of Chloe was one of ECM's most acclaimed. He formed the group Colours in 1974 and toured America in 1976, 1978, and 1979, heading it until 1981. Weber also played from the mid-'70s to the early '80s with the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble. During the '80s, Weber worked and recorded with Jan Garbarek and also wrote film scores and gave solo concerts. He continued recording with ECM, both with his group and with other musicians such as Gary Burton. Weber has several ECM titles available in the digital era, including 1993's Pendulum, 2001's Endless Days, and 2007's Stages of a Long Journey.

As a longstanding member of Garbarek's touring group, Weber was often given his own segment in concerts to perform spontaneous compositions (rather than simply bass solos). He kept tapes of these performances between 1990 and 2007. He revisited those tapes and reworked them into a new album with its own sense of narration, featuring Garbarek and drummer/percussionist Michael DiPasqua. The album was released as Resume in 2012. Weber followed the same process of going deeper into his catalog to find the basis for new works. The second chapter of these reimaginings was released as Encore in 2015. ~ Ron Wynn

  • ORIGIN
    Stuttgart, Germany
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    Jan 22, 1940

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