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Résumé

Eberhard Weber Audio CD
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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 (26 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B008U0FI4A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The great German bassist Eberhard Weber played hundreds of concerts in his time as a member of the Jan Garbarek Group, and each of them included an extended feature for him alone, often effectively a spontaneous composition rather than a 'bass solo' in strict jazz sense. For Résumé Weber has returned to recordings of these 'transitional' solo sequences (they were conceived originally to join two compositional blocks of various keys, colours and tempi as the group's programme progressed) and reworked a few of them into an album with its own sense of flow.

The unique sound of Eberhard's customised electric bass is heard here mostly in the context of his own keyboard settings and treatments, but also augmented by the saxophones and overtone flute of Jan Garbarek (on three tracks) and by the percussion of Michael DiPasqua. Based on live recordings made between 1990 and 2007 at locations from Karlsruhe to Santiago, Amsterdam to Bath, the album was mixed in the South of France by Weber, Manfred Eicher, Michael di Pasqua and Gérard de Haro in 2011.

Writing about this album, Weber says: "My special instrument, a five-string electric double bass, is capable of striking sonic effects, which happily can be further enriched by a "reverb unit" to record my bass live, to reproduce it [for] my own spontaneous playback over which I could play solo improvisations; that was the only way I could successfully sustain long solo recitals. I am not concerned about whether what I originally played is still recognisable - using the delay effect already produced astonishing overlays per se. Now, after completing the individual solo excerpts, not even I can always spontaneously hear what I originally played and what I added later on...

"I had always been trying to depart from the original functions of the bass - at least occasionally - and to strike out on new paths which one could not describe as "conforming to its nature." And I am proud to present sounds whereby virtually no one would think that they came from that deep, low instrument, never mind that they can be played on any instrument: presented without qualm. Workable colouration, inventing fascinating sounds; those were my goals."

Personnel: Eberhard Weber (bass, keyboards), Jan Garbarek (soprano and tenor saxophones, selje flute), Michael Di Pasqua (drums, percussion)

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ECM 2051; ECM RECORDS - Germania; Pop Jazz

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime 16 Nov 2012
By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a beautiful collection of solopieces recorded during concerts with Jan Gabarek group. Showing just what a brilliant and deep musician Eberhard Weber is. In many ways one of the unsung heroes of the bass with his lyrical and melodic playing despite his many years as band leader as well as respected sideman.

Few encompases the spirit of ECM more wholeheartedly than Weber, many of these tracks could easily fit into meditation or yoga practices. Widespread use of discreet synthbacking (triggered by the bass) and improvised themes with great beauty and spirituality. And yet fresh and challenging at the same time.

A must for all fans of ECM aesthetics and an important resouce for everyone into creative and explorative bassplaying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of rare solos 1 April 2013
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OK, so bass solos are not everyone's cup of tea (even when it is Eberhard Weber's unique bowed electronic cello-bass hybrid) but this is a fantastic collection of live recordings from across Europe and across decades. For anyone who, like myself, loves the man's unique sound this is a worthy and valuable addition to their collection. Newcomers may wish to start elsewhere (such as Pendulum) but in the absence of any new recordings since his unfortunate debilitating stroke, this will do very nicely. Any more in the archives ECM?
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A work quite particular, but it can't be in another way, EW can't play bass anymore. He elaborate some of his solos recorded in the years with Jan Garbarek group, to give them an autonomous life. His sound is brilliant. Not the first Cd by EW to buy, but if you like his music and playing a must to have.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Get rid of Rainer; its a no-brainer 17 Feb 2013
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The unstoppable move to MOR continues.

Herr Bruninghaus channels his inner John Shuttleworth....

We all should have stopped at Silent Feet in 1978.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An meticulously constructed album 17 Mar 2013
By Brian Whistler - Published on Amazon.com
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In a recent interview, Mr Weber mentioned that after his wife, Maja died, he stopped trying to get his chops back on the bass-he was only doing it for her. (Mr Weber suffered a massive stroke in 2007.) After toying with the idea of writing orchestral music, he realized that his music had always been rooted in his bass sound and came to the conclusion that at 73, he was not going to be able to find a new musical identity without it. That was the genesis of this project.

Weber sifted through over 100 performances with the Jan Garbarek Group to select the 12 improvised transitional solos that were used as a starting point in the creation of this album. He then went through each individual solo, shaping it in his computer to add compositional depth and a sense of cohesion. Mr Weber is such a natural composer that even his solos had a rough form to begin with. As he usually used a looping device during his solos, the pieces often have a layered, minimalist feel, not unlike many of his past "formal" compositions, which tended to develop along these lines. After editing these atmospheric solos and adding keyboard colors, Weber asked Jan Garbarek and percussionist Michael DiPasqua to make their respective contributions on sax and drums.

The result is surprisingly satisfying. I admit: as a diehard fan, I had my doubts about this project and resisted purchasing this album for a long time. I was afraid it would lack substance and be too spacey, static and amorphous for my taste. While there is plenty of open space and lots of atmospheric textures, I am happy to say that the album has a pleasing coherence that makes for a satisfying listen.

Due to the nature of the creation process, this album does have a dreamy, meandering quality and tends to hang out in the more ethereal downtempo neck of the woods. However there are a couple of more sprightly moments, most notably Botchum, in which a classic Weber minimalist layered opening, replete with a Reichian marimba motif, bursts into an energetic Latin groove. However, for the most part, this is introspective music for chilling out and just letting the sound wash over you. It's great to hear something new from Mr Weber, to hear his unique bass sound one more time.

The good news is, in the aforementioned interview Weber also mentioned there was easily enough material culled from the live solos to make another album through similar means. After hearing this highly successful implementaion of this process, that is certainly cause for celebration. Let us hope this isn't the last new material we hear from this uniquely gifted composer and giant of the bass.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars precious deep end beauty 2 Feb 2013
By Bodhi Heeren - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful collection of solopieces recorded during concerts with Jan Gabarek group. Showing just what a brilliant and deep musician Eberhard Weber is. In many ways one of the unsung heroes of the bass with his lyrical and melodic playing despite his many years as band leader as well as respected sideman.

Few encompases the spirit of ECM more wholeheartedly than Weber, many of these tracks could easily fit into meditation or yoga practices. Widespread use of discreet synthbacking (triggered by the bass) and improvised themes with great beauty and spirituality. And yet fresh and challenging at the same time.

A must for all fans of ECM aesthetics and an important resouce for everyone into creative and explorative bassplaying.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A JAZZ MASTER SUI GENERIS 16 April 2013
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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EW, b, keybds; Jan Garbarek, sop & ten sx, selje flt; Michael DiPasqua, dr, perc.

In 2011, Eberhard Weber decided he was too old to gain back his chops another time. Rumor is he had had a debilitating stroke in 2007. But his musical intelligence was unimpaired and he had in his possession close to a thousand tapes of solos recorded when he was playing in Jan Garbarek's groups. Why not go back and pick out the most representative or interesting of them and release them as an album? Thus the genesis of this interesting, largely successful, and deeply musical album of electrically amplified and enhanced bass solos, augmented on a few tracks by Garbarek's mournful sax and flute, in others by Michael DiPasqua's tasteful drumming.

I fell in love with Weber's sound the first time I heard him. It was the 70s -early 70s- and the album -no, two albums--were with the Gary Burton quintet, Ring (1974) and Passengers (1976). On both albums, Pat Metheny (guit) and Burton (vib) took the lion's share of the solos; Bob Moses played drums and Steve Swallow (elect. b) carried the rhythm; and Weber added his signature sound. Then I heard Weber's own Colours of Chloe (1973), still moving though a bit dated now, and overly sweet for my present taste. Last came Weber's own group, Colours, with Charlie Mariano on reeds, Rainer Bruninghaus on keyboards (one of the first keyboardists to take advantage of the tonal possibilities of the synthesizer), master drummer Jon Christensen, and Weber. The first album by Colours, Yellow Fields (1975) was the best but all three were good. (The other two suffered from the departure of Christensen -his replacement, John Marshall, was good but not as good as the man he replaced. But then who could have been?)

This is Weber's thirteenth album, excluding compilations (three in all). He is also on record as a sideman with Kate Bush, Jan Garbarek, Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny and others, including Manfred Schoof, Benny Bailey, Joe Pass, Stephane Grappelli, Hampton Hawes, Baden Powell and (!) Art Van Damme. All in all, a respectable career.
When you talk about Weber, the first thing that comes to mind is his sound. It's immediately identifiable and like no other in jazz: sort of like an amplified whale song, rising and ebbing, adding a layer of emotion to whatever recording he's involved in, but not what bass players typically do. Weber is on record as stating that he's not interested in the traditional bass solo. First of all, the tonality and range of the bass is low: it can be hard to listen to through a long solo. Secondly, he sees the function of the bass as providing rhythmic and, even more, harmonic underpinning to the song. What he plays is thus often closer to ambient music a la Brian Eno or Terry Riley than to something, say, Ray Brown or Paul Chambers would play, either rhythm backing or solo. Nor does his ensemble work resemble the high range, dancing work of Scott LaFaro in the Bill Evans trio -Weber's sound is lower, richer -and much, much slower. Typically, his notes slide glacially underneath the melody and harmonies of the other players in a group. Seldom if ever on a recording does he take what could be called a traditional solo. And, to complicate matters, he plays a five-string bass, not four string, in a design of his own, and it switches between acoustical and electrically amplified.

When he played with Jan Garbarek -they played more than a thousand concerts together he seldom soloed much during the ensemble pieces, but at some point midway through the evening, the other horns would drop out and Weber would play solo, his bass playing augmented by prerecorded fragments of keyboard (also played by him), for five, ten minutes, and then the group would join in again. That's what this album is: five to ten-minute segments of music played between the ensemble pieces, most Weber alone, in a few, augmented by Garbarek or DiPasqua.

Does the album succeed? My judgment would be yes, but it's a specialty flavor that may not be to everyone's taste. I t's "jazz," but it's not jazz as it's usually played, and it is often closer to ambient music -think Brian Eno's Music for Airports. In Weber's body of works, it lies closest to his 2001 semi-jazz, semi-classical album, Endless Days, but more overtly experimental and improvised. I like it. I respect Weber -for his musical taste, for his willingness to go his own way musically, for the sharp musical intelligence that peeps out of these musical fragments. Not every jazz great (if Weber's not a great, he's on the edge of being one) provokes imitators. Some, like Eberhard Weber, don't catch on because they're doing something to different from what their peers do.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If youre into bass and jazz this resume will suit you well..epic 1 Feb 2013
By David Pena - Published on Amazon.com
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I became a jazz fan awhile back, always into bass i pulled up every artist i could find, Jaco Pastorius, Charlie Haden, Miroslav Vitous, younger ones but not so very Marcus Miller, younger Hadrien Feraud, Tal Wilkenfeld whilst in my exploration I came across Eberhard Weber a bassist who plays an upright, I loved Christian McBride so I dove in to Eberhard Weber, I have no regrets his playing, writing, improvising are stellar and Resume a compilation of some of his performances over time are exquisite, mystical, awe inspiring this album is one for the ages and will forever like the rest of Eberhards music hold its place in time indefinitely-just fantastic
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last chance, I fear 22 Jan 2013
By W. T. Haight II - Published on Amazon.com
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Eberhard Weber's unique voice has provided a groaning, brooding beacon for nordic music for over 40 years. His sound is immediately recognizable, and his playing serves as an antidote to that enemy of creative expression, "genre." Although these recordings compile solo segments from live dates, they'll scratch your itch to hear Eberhard the composer as well. Compositions come from someplace, and Eberhard (as usual) asks us to recognize the link between composition and improvisation. Resume lets us peer inside the petri dish in which his compositions grow to life.

Get this recording and bask in the glory of one of modern music's most unique voices while the opportunity affords itself.
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