Eberhard Weber is a genius bass player from the European Ambient Jazz melting pot. Most notable for his work with Jan Garbarek.
His solo work consists of entire pieces of music created on one instrument..a unique electric upright bass with a 5th string to reach a higher register. He plays in the traditional upright jazz bass style, cello style (using a bow)and anything else that comes to his hands/mind whilst creating multiple loops of sound. I have seen this man perform solo and it is hard to believe it's all coming from just his hands.
Well you can listen to this on a PC or ipod but you'll not get the whole experience unless you play it on a very good Hi-Fi system. This CD has the ability to fill your room with glorious sounds and unbelievably good tonal qualities from his Bass. This really is one of those albums that can be used as a test CD for how good your system is. Don't assume it's for testing your woofers though, It covers the whole spectrum and will demonstrate just what makes a quality system worth the money. The music ranges from the lively upbeat 'Street Scenes' to the incredibly beautiful ballad 'Silent for a While' - a simple tune played over a very simple repeating Eb-Ab7 but with enough of those unique Eberhard Weber sounds thrown in. It's hard to believe all the sounds on this album come from his Bass, and to me this isn't particularly relevant because the finished music is a so highly enjoyable. There aren't any annoying filler tracks to skip over either - I can't praise this album enough :)
An all-time great that belongs at the very top-table of ECM's myriad releases. Every listen reveals another layer of subtlety and Charlie Mariano's playing in particular is simply spectacular. Also a great recording (like most of Eberhard Weber's) if you want to give your woofers a proper workout!
That music you were hearing while waiting for Kate Bush to start her performance of 'Before The Dawn' at the Apollo in London 2014? That was Eberhard Weber - and this is the album. It's stunning. Essentially this is purely EW on bass, not just playing solo or live looping, but also with additional structural studio overdubs. Like he says in the liner notes: With this record he was more than ever interested in the end product. Having the advantage of some more time and effort spent with the tracks later in the studio has resulted in music of extraordinary scope and depth, marvellous by any standard.
BTW, the reviewer recommending listening to this on a good Hifi system wasn't wrong. It certainly will show you the limit of what your speakers can do (I may have to get new ones..).
I only discovered this gem recently, though already aware of Eberhard Weber's brilliant playing on upright bass. This is a real treat for anyone who loves the sound of the electric or acoustic upright bass, played in a variety of styles. Highly recommended.