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Eberhard Weber

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He began recording in the early 1960s, and released his first record, Colours of Chloë (ECM 1042), under his own name in 1973. In addition to his career as a musician, he also worked for many years as a television and theater director. He has designed an electric-acoustic bass featuring an extra C-string. His music, often in a melancholic tone, follows simple ground patterns (frequently ostinatos), yet is highly organized in its colouring and attention to dramatic detail. Weber was a notable early proponent of the solid-body electric double bass, which he has played regularly since the beginning of the 1970s. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, his closest musical association was with pianist Wolfgang Dauner

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Article: Radio

Bassrageous!

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 ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists

Read "Solo Recordings for Non-Traditionalists" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On January 24, 1975, a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial concert grand piano was to be wheeled onto the stage of the Cologne Opera House. Instead, a rehearsal piano, smaller, beaten-up, and out of tune, was the only instrument available to then twenty-nine-year-old piano prodigy Keith Jarrett. The pianist was not in much better shape than the piano. ...

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Article: Radio

Jazz from Europe on ECM (1972 - 1976)

Read "Jazz from Europe on ECM (1972 - 1976)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Previously in this series we have surveyed record labels as representative of the jazz trends in their times—for example bebop on Dial in the 40s, mainstream jazz on Verve in the 50s, and hard bop on Blue Note in the 60s. The German label ECM can be seen as representative of a major trend of the ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Frisell: 40 Years Of Friendship, Music And Mischief With Hal Willner

Read "Bill Frisell: 40 Years Of Friendship, Music And Mischief With Hal Willner" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Kindred spirits and artistic co-conspirators, Hal Willner and Bill Frisell have both devoured an inordinate amount of music with childlike abandon and glee, and then metabolized it into something utterly unique. Delving into their discographies is like getting lost in a treasure hunt where, at every corner, you unearth sonic gems that sound familiar while they ...

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Article: Radio

Farnell Newton, Nuphar Fey and a tribute to Jon Christensen

Read "Farnell Newton, Nuphar Fey and a  tribute to Jon Christensen" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Two featured new albums from Farnell Newton and Nuphar Fey and a comprehensive tribute to Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen who passed away on 18th February Farnell Newton gets up on the good foot and heads off full speed ahead on his second leader album for Posi-Tone. This action packed session features the high powered ...

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Article: Radio

BIG January Birthday Salutes!

Read "BIG January Birthday Salutes!" reviewed by Marc Cohn


BIG, I mean BIG January birthday salutes on Gifts & Messages this week: 120th birth anniversary for trombonists Juan Tizol and Wilbur De Paris; 110th for Django Reinhardt; 100th for vocalist Betty Roché and saxophonist Jimmy Forrest; 90th for saxophonist Jack Nimitz, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist/vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery. And special birthday greetings to bassist Eberhard ...

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Article: Album Review

Mal Waldron: Free At Last

Read "Free At Last" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The sensitivity reflected in much of Mal Waldron's music was a deep aspect of his psyche. The Harlem-born pianist, who died in Brussels, Belgium, in 2002, worked downtown with saxophonist Ike Quebec at Café Society in the early 1950s and went on to record on several Charles Mingus recordings including Pithecanthropus Erectus (Atlantic), Jazz Composers Workshop ...

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Article: Radio

Trio Treats

Read "Trio Treats" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode is dominated by trios, perhaps the most popular format in jazz today. Steve Lehman's new The People I Love debuts (with the addition of the formidable pianist Craig Taborn), definitely a must-hear for 2019. Golden Valley Is Now reunites Taborn with Dave King and Reid Anderson (they all grew up together), while another threesome ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Berenson / Scott Barnum: Stringent and Sempiternal

Read "Stringent and Sempiternal" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Pianist and composer Adam Berenson and bassist Scott Barnum have been working as a duo for more than a decade. Two years ago, on Introverted Cultures (Dream Play Records, 2017), they were joined by guitarist Eric Hofbauer on a double-CD set of improvised pieces. Back as a duo formation on Stringent and Sempiternal, the pair offer ...


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