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Various Artists - Hommage a Eberhard Weber (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

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Various Artists - Hommage a Eberhard Weber (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Various Artists - Hommage a Eberhard Weber (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 78:48 minutes | 930 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

In January 2015 musicians and listeners converged upon Stuttgarts Theaterhaus for two consecutive nights to celebrate the 75th birthday of Eberhard Weber. The concerts centered around a specially commissioned 35-minute suite by Pat Metheny, with whom Weber had played and recorded back in the 1970s. Featuring Metheny, the SWR Big Band conducted by Helge Sunde, Gary Burton, bassist Scott Colley and Danny Gottlieb on drums, the composition was arranged around recordings of solos by Weber. Other performers during the two nights playing selections from Webers vast body of work were Webers longtime companions Jan Garbarek, Paul McCandless, Manfred Schoof and arranger Michael Gibbs, all drawing ovations from the packed house. A truly special event.

Jazz tribute albums are a dime a dozen. Often comprising familiar, oft-recorded material, many seem indistinct. Not so Hommage à Eberhard Weber, recorded live in January of 2015 on the occasion of the bassist/composer's 75th birthday. It features a host of collaborators and friends with the SWR Big Band under the direction of Helge Sunde. With the exception of Pat Metheny's suite-like composition "Hommage," everything was written by Weber, who is esteemed for his technique and custom-built instruments and as one of the architects of "the ECM sound." He has been unable to play since suffering a debilitating stroke in 2007. Thanks to technology, he is virtually present on two of these performances. Opener "Resumé Variations" features longtime collaborator Jan Garbarek on soprano saxophone with Weber accompanying – and soloing – on tape (culled from his long tenure with Garbarek's touring and recording bands), backed by the SWR. The tune ranges from speculative and ethereal to bluesy and cinematic. Commissioned by the SWR, Metheny wrote the half-hour-plus "Hommage." It marks his return to ECM after a 30-year absence, and reunites most of Gary Burton's influential quintet from the middle of the 1970s: the vibraphonist, the guitarist, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and Weber (who also played on Metheny's second ECM album, Watercolors). The bassist is not only heard, but seen. Metheny based the composition on video footage of Weber's playing during two concerts. He then visually sampled and incorporated him into the work. The guitarist projected video clips of the bassist on an enormous screen – with full audio – as the band performed, making him not only a playing member, but a looming presence. It is sublime. Metheny (who had never written on record for a big band before) doesn't sacrifice his own character but fully incorporates Weber's influence in a sweeping statement of lyricism, color, dynamic, and texture. There are wonderful solos by Burton and the composer. Weber solos in a contrasting harmonic duet with bassist Scott Colley that is one of the highlights – if not the highlight – of the piece. Gottlieb's cymbals add air, making it euphoric, while the SWR lays a solid foundation for the quintet's improvisation and interplay. The remainder of the album is played by the big band with Burton and soprano saxophonist Paul McCandless (Oregon) as constant soloists. On "Touch," the vibraphonist's playing is imaginative and elegant. On "Maurizius" – arranged and conducted by Mike Gibbs – the soprano saxophonist nearly steals the show with his break. The two closers are the pastoral "Türbingen" and the tender "Notes After an Evening." Weber witnessed this concert from the seats; he was by all accounts not only pleased, but moved. This is an understandable response to Hommage à Eberhard Weber, which not only proves an exception to by-the-numbers tribute recordings, but stands as a daunting, creative, and enduring extension of the bassist's work.

Tracklist:

01- Jan Garbarek - Resumé Variations
02- Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Scott Colley, Danny Gottlieb, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde - Hommage
03- Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde - Touch
04- Paul McCandless, Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Mike Gibbs - Maurizius
05- Paul McCandless, Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde - Tübingen
06- Paul McCandless, Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde - Notes After An Evening
07- Paul McCandless, Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde - Street Scenes [Bonus Track]

Produced by Manfred Eicher. Recording Engineer: Alfred Habelitz, Manfred Eicher, Eberhard Weber.
Recorded Live on January 23 - 24, 2015 at Theatrehaus Stuttgart. Mix Engineer: Volker Neumann.

Analyzed: Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Scott Colley, Danny Gottlieb, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde / Hommage à Eberhard Weber (1)
Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde / Hommage à Eberhard Weber (2)
Jan Garbarek / Hommage à Eberhard Weber (3)
Paul McCandless, Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Helge Sunde / Hommage à Eberhard Weber (4-6)
Paul McCandless, Gary Burton, SWR Big Band, Mike Gibbs / Hommage à Eberhard Weber (7)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 0.00 dB -16.99 dB 31:33 02-Hommage
DR11 -0.15 dB -15.19 dB 8:20 03-Touch
DR12 -0.90 dB -16.15 dB 8:00 01-Resumé Variations
DR13 -0.19 dB -16.42 dB 6:55 05-Tübingen
DR13 -5.44 dB -23.55 dB 5:33 06-Notes After An Evening
DR12 -0.04 dB -15.53 dB 9:00 07-Street Scenes (Bonus Track)
DR16 0.00 dB -19.90 dB 9:27 04-Maurizius
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Number of tracks: 7
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1460 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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