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Silent Feet [Import]

Eberhard Weber, Weber/Colours Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 1994)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B0000031Q1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,247,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Deep, Seriously Beautiful. 9 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
To think that one of the greatest recorded performances of the 20th century lurks deep in the bowels of Amazon UK with just one review - and a four star one at that, is to me, one the great human tragedies. This album oozes a lyrical beauty guaranteed to make your cortex throb for decades (around three for me so far). Further, I have still yet to hear recording and production quality to better this - and I am an avid consumer of CD's and Vinyl.

Each piece is sumptuously produced and played by some of the planet's greatest living musicians - Eberhard Weber (bass), Rainer Bruninghaus (piano), Charlie Mariano (sax), and John Marshall (drums). In fact, Marshall's drumming here is so good that this album would still be worth the maximum stars had it been a totally solo performance. Together, the band produce music that would have made Mozart wet himself had he heard it. Take the finest moments from Jazz, Classical and Post-Rock, place in blender, add the rarest beauty of the universe, press play and await the arrival of your spirit. It won't take long.

If you are reading this and are capable of breathing and thinking at the same time, then you really must buy this album. It is at the very pinnacle of human artistic achievement and should be played to the aliens when they eventually turn up, as I am sure this is what they will come looking for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic 6 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
I first bought 'Silent Feet' in the vinyl days of 1978, a recommendation from a school friend. And it remains one of those few old albums of that now distant decade that I occasionally revisit. It is the title track that I particularly love for Brunninghaus' running style on the piano. Weber's work is at times challenging to the uneducated ear but it is easy to realise that this is a master of his instrument. The opening notes of 'Seriously Deep' - such an evocative title - demonstrate that he, even back in the 1970s, had developed a unique style for the double bass. This is a recording that has stood the test of time and it's well worth a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless masterpiece 3 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album on vinyl in the 1970s and again on CD in the 1990s. This and The Following Morning stand together in my view as two of the greatest jazz albums of their type, at the summit of the distinctive ECM sound, and can be listened to again and again without ever feeling like period pieces. The rolling, unfolding, layering nature of Weber's compositions make them almost ambient in places, and the balance of instrumentation is exemplary. For me, a completely indispensable part of a music collection and a source of constant joy.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unkown classic 18 Feb 2004
By GB Guitars - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutly one of my favorite jazz albums of all time. Eberhard's bass tone is so pure and perfect, and the compositions are just amazing. For me, the tune "Silent Feet" can bring me to tears it's so beautiful. After an extended introduction section the rythem starts to form as the piano lays out the chords. Then the soprano sax comes in with a bouncing little repeating phrase that comes out of nowhere and yet fits so perfectly. Under it all Eberhard plays a bass counter point that changes every time they play the phrase. It's just amazing.
This is an album you've probably not heard of, but if you take the risk and get it you'll discover music that goes way beyond what you've heard before. And yet, it's still very accessable.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colors best CD 30 Dec 2001
By Brian Whistler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Eberhard Weber's band Colors' best CD. Yes they're all good, but none have the fire and consistency of this one.
It has none of the lapses into minimalist monotony that occasionally flaw Yellow Fields, the band's first outing.
Only three tunes and the band stretches here, but because of the excellent writing and inspired soloing this one is never boring. Charlie Mariano is particularly compelling. His solos are a model of great modal playing and really deserve study by aspiring soprano players. This is how it's done. Great ensemble playing. This is one of Weber's all time best.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless masterpiece! 19 Nov 2004
By Richard M. Lucht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album (cassette tape) about 20 years ago and did not appreciate how good it was until recently. I was more into mainstream jazz and fusion at the time and it did not click with me on the first listen. It ended up in longterm storage in my bedroom. But, while going through the deadwood in my closet, I came upon it and thought I'd give it another listen. Even with the crappy tape fidelity and hiss, this recording blew me away. In terms of virtuoso talent and composition, I'd say it's on par with Mclaughlin's "Live at the Royal Festival Hall", another all time favorite. Each musician is a standout on this album. If you did not know what instrument Weber played, you would be hard pressed to guess. The piano, sax, and drums are all as flawless as the bass. Weber's bass lines come through clear and clean, ala Pastorius. Marshall's drumming throughout is astonishing, even on cymbals alone. If you appreciate good drumming, this album is a must have. It is much more uptempo than Fluid Rustle (also a favorite) and the arrangements more complex. Bruninghaus (piano) and Mariano (sax) are virtually unknown, although that is not unusual for countless great jazz musicians. Can't wait to get a copy on CD!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's True -- Weber's Best 30 Jun 2005
By Stephen Silberman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This fantastic record is certainly the most focused band performance in Weber's admirable discography, with supremely beautiful compositions, and career-peak contributions from Rainer Bruninghaus, Charlie Mariano, and John Marshall. Bruninghaus' solo piano intro to "Seriously Deep" is one of the most haunting pieces of music I know.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E X Q U I S I T E 29 July 2008
By L. S. Slaughter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this in 1979 barely out of my teens the same year Mitchell's 'Mingus' was released, and I was beginning to understand jazz improvisation, even as I had been listening to jazz since childhood. Somehow, Weber's "Silent Feet" suddenly crystallized it all for me, just as Mitchell had crystallized the synthesis of poetry and folk/jazz.

As one reviewer has duly noted, there are sections of the 17:00 title tune that can bring one to tears. The interplay between bass, sax, drums and Bruninghaus' galactic piano is exceptional. While there are many celestial moments in "Colors of Chloe" and "Yellow Fields", none match, for me, the series of blistering phrasings that make up this pivotal, sadly overlooked, ECM classic.

Please, please, lovers of beauty, buy this classic!
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