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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Eberhard Weber: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

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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, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eberhard Weber: Encore

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Un viaggio in tredici città europee di Germania, Austria, Regno Unito e Spagna, un taccuino di appunti sonori come quello dei grandi viaggiatori dei secoli passati, una personale rappresentazione musicale di luoghi battuti, a tratti concreta, a tratti frutto di semplici suggestioni immaginarie dell'osservatore.

Encore è un'epifanica illustrazione di spazi nel tempo, rappresenta uno ...

North Sea Jazz Festival 2015: The Roller Coaster Has Taken Off

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Jan Willem Luyken, Director of the North Sea Jazz Festival, has a lot to celebrate this year. It is not only the 40th anniversary of the popular festival, it's also the tenth anniversary of their move from jny: the Hague to jny: Rotterdam, and the year that Luyken became director. Described as “the world's largest indoor ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Eberhard Weber: Fluid Rustle

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Eberhard Weber
Fluid Rustle
ECM
1979

Today's Rediscovery, after a bit of a hiatus, looks at an album by Eberhard Weber that is of particularly significance in the German bassist's discography. Fluid Rustle, released by ECM Records in 1979, was, in fact, one of many anomalies in Weber's discography for its unusual instrumentation ...

Eberhard Weber: Encore

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In a time when too many things that seem unfair create victims rather than heroes, the world needs more people like Eberhard Weber. Struck down with a major stroke in 2007, the renowned German bassist found himself without the strength required in his left hand to be able to play the custom-built, electric five-string double bass ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eberhard Weber: Encore

Read "Encore" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The aesthetic sensibility that has become identified as the sound of ECM is--in large part--a manifestation of German bassist and composer Eberhard Weber's own vision. Spacious, obscured harmonies, fluid melodies and tastefully imbedded electronics, often within a minimalist framework have been consistent components of much of the music in the label's catalog. Weber's inventive approach to ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

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As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Faith Gibson: Shooting for the Big Moon

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Jazz vocalists have struggled through the years to make room for their contributions to the art of improvisation that appear effortless. Their voices are their instrument, an instrument that has to compete with tenor saxophones, drum kits or trumpets; an instrument whose strength rests in the necessity humanity has to communicate with others.



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