Weber, Eberhard - 3CD-BOX: Colours

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"Det finns ett skimmer, en glans och en lyftande och bärande våg över den här musiken. Äntligen finns Eberhard Webers odödliga och tidlösa trilogi, eller triptyk, från 1970-talet samlat i en cd-box. Basisten och kompositören Weber gör här en musik som är en samlad syntes av det mesta som gjordes inom jazzens fält och en generös omgivning till det, från sent 60-tal och många år framåt. Jag hör influenser från Miles Davis, Weather Report, Keith Jarret och Stanley Clarke. Ja, det här är ECM när detta skivmärke står för sin högsta kvalitet."

På det första albumet, Yellow Fields, från 1975 har han sällskap av Charlie Mariano på träblås, Rainer Brüninghaus på keyboards och Jon Christensen på trummor. På det andra och tredje albumet, Silent Feet från 1977 och Little Movement från 1980, ersätts Christensen av John Marshall på trummor. Det går en gemensam röd tråd genom hela det här verket och det är ljus kreativitet. Det är rent, rakt och förföriskt frestande. Mer tidlöst tänkande får man leta efter.

Eberhard Weber, bass; Charlie Mariano, soprano saxophone, shenai, nagaswaram, flutes; Rainer Brüninghaus, piano, keyboards; Jon Christensen, drums; John Marshall, drums.

This three CD box brings together music recorded for ECM by Eberhard Weber's band Colours: the albums "Yellow Fields" (1975), "Silent Feet" (1977) and "Little Movements" (1980). Throughout the six years of its existence, Colours was one of the most popular ensembles on the European jazz touring circuit - although Weber has always stressed the group's conceptual distance from a jazz mainstream - . Many idiomatic elements were combined in Colours' stylistic mix. The group's sound-world consciously extended the palette proposed by "The Colours of Chloe", Weber's prize-winning ECM disc of 1974. As the German bassist explains to writer Michael Tucker in the liner notes, "There were various aspects to the [Chloe] session, from the reflective European or chamber music side of the writing, to some jazz-rock and a kind of pictorial play with minimalism. Eventually, all these aspects would be developed in Colours." And not only these: US saxophonist Charlie Mariano had followed his enthusiasm for Indian music to the source and brought the sounds of the nagaswaram and the shenai into Colours, as well as the some of the deeply soulful jazz playing he had demonstrated with Charles Mingus on the classic "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady." With gigs and recordings with Stan Kenton, McCoy Tyner and Toshiko Akiyoshi behind him and a reputation as a vital contributor to the new European scene of the post-free period, Mariano was a unique frontline player for Weber's band. And the leader himself was, of course, one of Colours' primary soloists and melody players. In the vanguard of the movement to liberate the bass from mere time keeping responsibilities, Weber stepped forward in the 1970s to define and delineate new territory for his customized electrobass. Before "Yellow Fields" (1975) no one else sounded like this - though plenty of electric bassists would try - and Jaco Pastorius's debut album was still a year away... In the first version of Colours, Norway's Jon Christensen was on hand to develop further ideas that he and Weber had first explored in Ralph Towner's "Solstice" project: "We had something special in the rhythm, a kind of organic multi-layering and contrasts in the accents. So you had a crispness and also a slower, more spacious, offset quality. I used to talk about playing waves, playing across bar divisions. And Eberhard felt it right away." When Christensen left Colours in 1977, his place was taken by English drummer John Marshall, a player thoroughly at home in the space between jazz and progressive rock, as his years with the Soft Machine had proven. Completing the line-up: keyboardist Rainer Brüninghaus, valued by Weber as a jazz musician steeped in European music, and an important collaborator from "The Colours of Chloe" onward. Brüninghaus would eventually follow Weber into the Jan Garbarek Group - the keyboardist remains there to this day (see the recent "Dresden"). The Colours box is released a few weeks before Eberhard Weber's 70th birthday in January 2010, and in time for the presentation of the Albert Mangelsdorff Preis - Germany's biggest jazz award - to Weber for his life's work. The award ceremony is on November 6 in Berlin, where the laudatio will be given by Manfred Schoof.
Artikelnummer ECM2133
Streckkod 0602527196381
Utgivningsdatum 2009-11-23
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 3
Artister Weber, Eberhard
Disk: 1
1 Touch
2 Sand-Glass
3 Yellow Fields
4 Left Lane
Disk: 2
1 Seriously Deep
2 Silent Feet
3 Eyes that Can See in the Dark
Disk: 3
1 The Last Stage Of A Long Journey
2 Bali
3 A Dark Spell
4 Little Movements
5 No Trees? He said
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