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In March 2005, the city of Stuttgart celebrated the 65th birthday of native son Eberhard Weber with concerts at the Theaterhaus. A symphony orchestra and exceptional soloists convened to play new arrangements of some of Weber’s best known pieces in two sold-out concerts from which this album, Eberhard’s first live disc for ECM (and his first new ‘leader’ recording since ... Read more in Amazon's Eberhard Weber Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Egger Innovations Ecm Export
  • ASIN: B00004WYNL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last Stage Of A Long Journey
2. Bali
3. Dark Spell
4. Little Movements
5. No Trees He Said

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 12 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
I saw Eberhard Weber Colours when they toured supporting this album. I knew of John Marshall from Soft Machine/Nucleus etc, This and Silent Feet were my introduction to Weber's work. I have loved his music ever since and have seem him several times live, mostly as part of the Jan Garbarek Group.

The Last Stages of a Long Journey was a wonderful number live and it is beautifully captured on this album. The band is superb with Charlie Mariano on Sax and the peerless Rainer Bruninghaus on keyboards.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Essential Eberhard Weber 5 Nov 2002
By Michael Kydonieus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This and Silent Feet are the essential Eberhard Weber albums. Euro-jazz, anchored by Weber's bass. Hypnotic, modal, no detectable blues feel, world music influences galore. Charlie Mariano's soprano sax solos are especially noteworthy. If you would like to read more reviews like this, check out JazzboNotes.com.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Desert Island Disc 21 Aug 2008
By Noel A. Hodda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a Desert Island Disc for me - I never fail to be moved by its intense lyricism and its often jagged beauty. I don't understand how some of the other reviewers on these pages can refer to it as a precursor to smooth jazz and the like. There is nothing smooth about this album. Polished perhaps, shimmering occasionally, maybe even translucent, but smooth...? At times it's more like a deep pool, one from which different colours and tricks of light appear the more you stare into it and at other times it is a vast horizon dotted with colours like a Fred Williams landscape painting. What you have here is a collection of musicians playing at their prime and playing with skill, finesse, strength and a great harmonic invention. I was lucky enough to see this line up play this entire album and large portions of the other albums in a small club in Sydney back in the days and it was magnificent - certainly no watered down smooth jazz on offer there that night and Dizzy Gillespie would agree: he was sitting at the table behind us with a big "Boy am I enjoying this!" grin on his face! Mr. Mariano's work on this album is stellar and the shimmering and skittering drum work by Mr. Marshall is a constant surprise and delight - at times light as a feather and then muscular and angular, often in the same track. This is an album to immerse yourself in; an album that reveals its strengths continuously over time; an album of great beauty and a great accomplishment.
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Over indulgent in places 23 Mar 2008
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Little Movements" (1980) is NOT smooth jazz and makes a nice companion to "Silent Feet" (1978). It is much, much better than "Yellow Fields" (1975) but not quite as good as "Colours of Chloe" (1974) and "Silent Feet" which are outstanding examples of Weber's artistry. The only instrumental I did not like on this album was the title track, "Little Movements", which I found to be seven and a half minutes of over indulgent noise making. Most of the time I love Weber and his Colours band so I can give them the benefit of the doubt this time around. Please see my other Eberhard Weber reviews!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not bad.....just not much 7 July 2010
By Steve Wyzard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are perusing through Eberhard Weber's ECM albums before deciding which ones to buy, let me just say right here that Little Movements (1980) is for completists only. It's certainly not a bad album, but Weber has set such a high standard that this one only just barely passes muster.

For the uninitiated, this is the third album by the Colours group, with Weber on bass, Charlie Mariano on soprano sax and flute, Rainer Bruninghaus on keyboards, and John Marshall on drums/percussion. "Bali" and "A Dark Spell" are both dynamic masterpieces: the group interplay is especially strong, and these two would be among the best recordings they ever made. "The Last Stage of a Long Journey" and "Little Movements" are a bit more problematic: experimental, phlegmatic mood pieces that don't quite work. "'No Trees?' He Said" is pleasant in a Pat Methenyish way. There are distinguished performances throughout, and if you own everything else Weber has ever done, you'll find this one coming off the shelf every now and again. Still, Little Movements absolutely pales in comparison to the previous two group albums, Yellow Fields (1976, with Jon Christensen on drums) and Silent Feet (1978). Both are perfect, timeless classics from beginning to end, and contain everything that made this such an outstanding ensemble.

After Little Movements, Weber would continue to make wonderful albums with seemingly casual effort (more masterpieces: Later that Evening, and Pendulum) and also become a part of Jan Garbarek's group. John Marshall would go on to play with Arild Andersen and John Surman, while Charlie Mariano and Rainer Bruninghaus (outstanding players both) would be heard from a lot less often. There's definitely a feeling of finality on this album, as if the group realized their best days were behind them. Where, if anywhere, would they have gone from here? At the very least, the album cover, by Weber's wife Maja, is especially cute.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Eberhard's Horrible Experiment In Smooth Jazz 29 May 2007
By Carl A. Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am nearly obsessed with Eberhard Weber's music.

His strange and timeless compositions transcend genre and mood.

Little Movements is *the* most horrible departure I've heard from him.

Every song sounds like an 80's sitcom theme.

The title track is beautiful for several minutes...then the tv show.

The best Eberhard albums to get are:

1) The Following Morning

2) The Colours of Chloe

3) Silent Feet

4) Fluid Rustle

Buy them in that order and you'll win every time you hit the mailbox.

Don't get the Rarum compilation they put out recently - not enough hits.

There's some nice stuff with Gary Burton, but it's dicey picking them.

Gary Burton's Passengers (with the road sign on the cover) is a good one -

though it mostly showcases him as a player.

I also didn't care for the album he made with Metheny.

p.s. - I'm writing like this because my sentences weren't wrapping back.

It's not that I can't write, I'm just computer stupid.

But it's certainly no reflection on the accuracy of my opinion. Heed it!
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