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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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more album only

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

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.

Colours

I agree with the other reviewers. I don't think the "album only" policy for the tracks on "Colours" serves this artist, the label, or Apple.

However, I just noticed that Yellow Fields (which contains the first 4 songs) is now available for just $11.99 and i recommend it highly.

Although I am very glad I purchased Colours, it was only the first four songs I was most interested in. Some of the other material I already owned on a CD purchased many years ago. I made the decision to buy the entire collection because these songs are among my most loved music and because I had been trying to find them in any format since the late 1970's. I was thrilled to find them when they appeared on iTunes in this compilation albums. Had "Yellow Fields" been available at the time, I would have just bought that.

These early pieces are pure inspiration and I hope more people will get to hear them now. I'm glad that "Touch" is available as a single. I would encourage anyone to buy that piece, and it is my favorite example of Weber's work. My five star review is based on the quality of the first 4 titles in this compilation: the contents of the now available "Yellow Fields".

When I say this music should be better known, I would also like to point out that Kate Bush credit's Weber's work as a major inspiration for her "Hounds of Love" album, and he performs on two tracks. That album is another example of a work that has stood for decades in my mind as a work of unparalleled beauty and genius. Again, as for her other work, perhaps not so much.

Biography

Born: January 22, 1940 in Stuttgart, Germany

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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Colours, Eberhard Weber
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  • $24.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz, Rock
  • Released: Nov 06, 2009

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