Eberhard Weber: Endless Days
Now that all that’s out of the way, let’s get to the music at hand. Weber has stated he wanted to create a work that was more classical in nature and less attuned to jazz sensibilities, that seeming somewhat of a paradox considering that Endless Days is very jazz-based indeed. The opening “Concerto For Bass” doesn’t seem like a concerto at all, but a delicate jazz waltz with McCandless’ charming oboe speaking the melody. Both “French Diary” and “Concerto For Piano” are less about swing sensibilities and more straight in character, although a beat dominates throughout. The title track and “The Last Stage of a Long Journey” are probably the most “classical sounding” of the lot, taking on an orchestral hue via Bruninghaus’ lush synthesizer backgrounds.
By using a hybrid electric bass, Weber adds to the characteristic sound of the recording as a whole. His writing also captures a lovely balance between animated and more pastoral moods, offering us an ECM classic in the making.
Track Listing: Concerto For Bass, French Diary, Solo For Bass, Nuit Blanche, A Walk In the Garrigue, Concerto For Piano, Endless Days, The Last Stage of a Long Journey
Personnel: Eberhard Weber (bass), Paul McCandless (oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone), Rainer Bruninghaus (piano & keyboards), Michael DiPasqua (drums & percussion)
Record Label: ECM Records