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This finely recorded live album draws from two concerts that took place in Stuttgart, Germany in 2005. The shows celebrated bassist and composer Eberhard Weber’s 65th birthday and the release serves as an excellent retrospective of the Stuttgart native’s lengthy career. Weber is joined by vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, keyboardist Rainer Bruninghaus, percussionist Marilyn Mazur, and other guests, and the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by Roland Kluttig, appears on several cuts. Stages of a Long Journey’s centerpiece is “Birthday Suite,” a five-track stretch which opens with the gorgeous orchestral jazz of “The Colours of Chloe.” After some solo piano from Bruninghaus, the small group and orchestra play “Maurizius,” a cinematic gem from 1982’s Later That Evening. Then Mazur plays a percussion solo that segues into “Yellow Fields,” the title cut from a 1976 release by Weber that is nicely expanded upon here. Pianist Wolfgang Dauner and Weber (on acoustic bass) interpret Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays,” and on “Seven Movements,” the bassist teams up with Garbarek on soprano sax.

Customer Reviews

Best of 2007

I've been an Eberhard Weber fan since the late 1970's, and wondered what he would be like live. Now I know, and I'm very pleased. With a supporting cast of superb musicians, this album is as innovative as it is enchanting. It may seem odd that I rank this as the best album of the year along with the Foo Fighters' "Echoes Silence Patience and Grace," from a completely different genre, but I like creative music that moves us forward. If you are already familiar with Eberhard Weber, this is a must. If you aren't, then give it a try.


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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Stages of a Long Journey, Eberhard Weber
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Apr 27, 2007

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