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Book Review

Eberhard Weber: A German Jazz Story

Read "Eberhard Weber: A German Jazz Story" reviewed by Andrew Hunter

Eberhard Weber: A German Jazz Story Eberhard Weber translated by Heidi Kirk 182 Pages ISBN: 978 1 80050 082 2 Equinox Publishing Ltd 2021 There are many musicians whose playing we can recognise in an instant; something about their phrasing, note choice and tone combine to give an unmistakable flavor to their playing which means we know them immediately. Horn players in particular are often described as having a unique sound and the ...

Album Review

Eberhard Weber: Once Upon A Time - Live in Avignon

Read "Once Upon A Time - Live in Avignon" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Sono trascorsi quasi 15 anni da quel giorno del 2007 in cui il contrabbassista Eberhard Weber fu vittima di un ictus, le cui conseguenze lo lasciarono incapacitato a proseguire l'attività concertistica. La semiparalisi al lato sinistro di cui soffre da allora gli impedisce di riprendere in mano lo strumento e dedicarsi alla musica. Non è comunque rimasto del tutto inattivo: tra il 2012 e il 2015 ha curato la pubblicazione di due album, Résumé e Encore, contenenti una selezione di ...

Album Review

Eberhard Weber: Once Upon A Time - Live in Avignon

Read "Once Upon A Time - Live in Avignon" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Once Upon A Time-Live in Avignon is the fourth release of ECM-sourced material from the celebrated German bassist Eberhard Weber whose 2007 stroke left him unable to play. Résumé (2012) consisted of bass solos extracted and re-engineered from Weber's work with Jan Garbarek. Encore (2015) followed a similar formula with seventeen years of bass solos mixed and edited. Weber also contributed keyboards, and Dutch trumpeter Ack Van Rooyen added flugelhorn. Hommage à Eberhard Weber released later in 2015 was recorded ...

Radio & Podcasts


Read "Bassrageous!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Mike thinks “basserageous" is the stupidest title for the podcast yet, but is it, really? There's a lot of competition. Anyway, this fortnight's gem looks at ECM albums where the bass is large and in charge, which provides opportunities to talk about ECM's aesthetics, how technological changes in the seventies allowed bass players new prominence, and Pat Metheny's hair. Mostly Pat Metheny's hair. Playlist Discussion of Gary Burton's album Easy as Pie (ECM) 6:10 Discussion of Pat Metheny's ...

Film Review

Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert

Read "Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Eberhard Weber Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert Naxos 2015 German bassist Eberhard Weber's 75th birthday celebration has already been documented in audio form on Hommage à Eberhard Weber (ECM, 2015). This video document more fully captures the celebratory tone of the event, includes a bit of bonus material, and perhaps most importantly, presents Pat Metheny's composition “Hommage" as the multi-media event it was created to be. Weber was both the honoree ...

Album Review

Eberhard Weber: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

Read "Hommage à Eberhard Weber" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Hommage celebrates the 75th birthday of bassist/composer Eberhard Weber. His distinctive custom-built, five-string electro-acoustic upright bass sound has been the foundation of many ECM recordings, almost right from the beginning: as leader of his own groups; longtime sideman for saxophonist Jan Garbarek; and other ECM recording artists including Ralph Towner, Gary Burton, Wolfgang Dauner, Pat Metheny and the Frankfurt Jazz Ensemble. He has been unable to perform since a 2007 stroke, but the first two selections in this live concert ...

Extended Analysis

Eberhard Weber: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

Read "Eberhard Weber: Hommage à Eberhard Weber" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite being waylaid from playing the instrument that defined his approach to both performance and composition by a severe 2007 stroke, Eberhard Weber has managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible feat of continuing to make recordings that revolve around his instantly recognizable, custom-made electro-acoustic instrument: 2013's Resumé and 2015's appropriately titled Encore, both on ECM Records, the label that's been home to the bassist, composer and occasional bandleader since Colours of Chloë (1974), his award-winning leader debut. Now, it's true ...


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