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  • James Cooper wrote on January 14, 2010 report

    I would have to say that Eberhard Weber's albums are more significant than some of the "American counterparts" during that time, John. Some of the Pat Metheny albums narrow the gap in significance but still don't out distance the ones by Eberhard Weber.

  • John Kelman wrote on January 14, 2010 report

    Thanks for writing James. Of course, "significant" is a pretty subjective term. As a fan of Weber from the beginning, the albums in this box certainly were very significant to me, in other words, they changed the way I heard music, opened my ears to possibilities I'd not anticipated, etc; but whether they were more significant than, say PMG, or Weather Report? Can't really say.

    Rather than trying to assess them empirically, as being more or less, I'd rather simply say they were equally significant, because how is it measured? If it's sales, the AMericans well-overshadowed Weber. If it's making stylistic shifts and innovations, is Weber more significant than Zawinul or Shorter, say, or would it not be absolutley fine to place them together as equal, rather than competing players?

    But no doubt about it: these albums were significant, influential, and with the passage of time, less dated than many of those by the American counterparts, that much is, at least to my ears, quite clear.

    Thanks again for writing!

  • James Cooper wrote on January 15, 2010 report

    We agree in our own ways, John. I think the true test of any artistic work is whether it can exist outside of its time and whether it can continue to provide aesthetic pleasure, even when one may not be aware of the factors that influenced the work. Within my academic discipline, the poems of Elizabeth Bishop, for example, contain that timeless appeal. In jazz, some recordings, I believe, are more important as historical documents. An album like Yellow Fields, on the other hand, contains that timeless appeal because it speaks of more than the time in which it was created.


  • John Kelman wrote on January 15, 2010 report

    Hey James,
    Can't disagree with you about Yellow Fields. I remember when it was released, feeling that this was a really important record.