CD Endless Days [Eberhard Weber] (CD 287637), Audio Other
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Endless Days [Eberhard Weber]

  • 1. Concerto for Bass
    2. French Diary
    3. Solo for Bass
    4. Nuit Blanche
    5. Walk in the Garrigue, A
    6. Concerto for Piano
    7. Endless Days
    8. Last Stage of a Long Journey, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 013420

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher
    EngineerJan Erik Kongshaug

    Personnel: Eberhard Weber (bass); Paul McCandless (soprano saxophone, English horn, bass clarinet, oboe); Rainer Bruninghaus (piano, keyboards); Michael DiPasqua (drums, percussion).
    Recorded at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway in April 2000.
    Personnel: Paul McCandless (bass clarinet, oboe, English horn, soprano saxophone); Rainer Bruninghaus (piano, keyboards); Michael DiPasqua (drums, percussion).
    Recording information: Rainbow, Oslo, Norway (04/2000).
    Photographer: Dieter Rehm.
    Arranger: Eberhard Weber.
    For his first recording since 1993's Pendulum, bassist Eberhard Weber teams up with Paul McCandless on woodwinds, Rainer Brninghaus on piano and keyboards, and (emerging from retirement) Michael DiPasqua on drums and percussion. Weber's new compositions involve little improvisation and a steadfast avoidance of typical jazz vocabulary. Evocative and thoroughly composed, these tracks have something of a European classical, chamber jazz feel; McCandless' oboe and English horn emphasize this aspect all the more. DiPasqua's percussion can be quite dramatic and effective, particularly on "French Diary." Brninghaus' piano shines throughout, but his synthesized string pads are also so prevalent that they begin to have a narcotic effect. Weber is no showoff on his instrument, although he reserves "Solo for Bass" and "A Walk in the Garrigue" for himself. His clear, cello-like electric tone brings Eddie Gomez to mind. Compositionally, there are distinct echoes of Lyle Mays in Weber's music as well, although more likely it is Mays who borrowed from Weber. Well done and moving at times, but a bit mild and innocuous overall. ~ David R. Adler

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (9/01, pp.64-5) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A series of classically driven pieces; the now infamous ECM-audio esthetic is prominently exhibited throughout these largely harmonious opuses brinning with leisurely paced, semi-austere motifs and spatial soundscapes..."
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