In his long-awaited followup to his 1993 solo Pendulum, Eberhard Weber has turned the tables from studio-edit solo improv work to notated small-group composition. Weber's distinctive sound on the upright electric bass earned him a distinct following, especially among fans of understated projects like his late '70s group Colours. His sidemen on Endless Days include musicians he's played with for decades, so naturally there's a strong sense of cohesion. One has the sense that when Weber composed these parts, he had specific musical personalities in mind. Reed player Paul McCandless made his mark early on in the group Oregon; keyboard player Rainer Brüninghaus has worked with Weber since the early '70s, including contributions to Colours; and drummer Michael DiPasqua worked with Weber in the Garbarek Group in the early '80s. Weber lured the drummer out of 14-year retirement for this project, and he offers welcome color to Endless Days.
The opening "Concerto for Bass" offers a delicately textured and starkly melodic feel, with Weber and McCandless playing leading roles. The harmonic backdrop for this piece, and most of the others, remains relatively staticproviding ample room up front for thematic development. Most of the music is composed (and notated), but the sparsely-organized improvisations fit seamlessly into the greater whole. Of particular note are Weber's two related pieces for solo bass, where one gets a sense of his vision for playing "in the moment." Weber's bass work utilizes ambient space and hummable melody to create ethereal, floating sound structures. During group performances, drummer DiPasqua really shines. The drummer has a knack for exploring detail and texture without crowding out the other players. Endless Days occupies a distinct niche in the accumulating body of ECM records with sparse, reverberant sound and stark, often melancholy themes. The "composed" aspect of the record offers a degree of formalism that sets it apart from some of the more improvised music on the label.
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, french horn, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone; Rainer
Brüninghaus: piano, keyboards; Michael DiPasqua: drums, percussion.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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