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Hommage à Eberhard Weber is a live tribute celebrating German double bassist and composer Eberhard Weber's 75th birthday recorded by the German public broadcaster SWR in Stuttgart in 2015 featuring Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, Scott Colley, Danny Gottlieb, Paul McCandless, with Michael Gibbs and Helge Sunde conducting the SWR Big Band which was released on the ECM label.[1][2]

Hommage à Eberhard Weber
Hommage à Eberhard Weber.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2015
RecordedJanuary 23–24, 2015
VenueTheaterhaus Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
GenreJazz
Length69:45
LabelECM
ECM 2463
ProducerSWR /ECM
Eberhard Weber chronology
Encore
(2007)
Hommage à Eberhard Weber
(2015)

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
All About Jazz     [4]
The Guardian     [5]
The Irish Times     [6]

The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek states, "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".[3] On All About Jazz, John Kelman said "Weber is not just all over this record in the various compositions that have been drawn from nearly his entire career, arranged for a series of guests and the SWR Big Band, but he is actually heard—and, for those fortunate enough to have been there, seen— performing in the form of archival video recordings played on a large screen hung above the stage: video samples, then, rather than merely audio samples ... Hommage à Eberhard Weber honors Weber in a way that both appreciates and respects ... and couldn't be a more perfect tribute—or a more perfect gift—to this uniquely talented and influential bassist/composer".[4] The Guardian's John Fordham stated "Weber's sparing themes and subtle tone-poetry are perhaps better suited to small bands than orchestras, but there's a lot of heartfelt and often beautiful music here for his admirers".[5] In The Irish Times, Cormac Larkin noted "Hommage is more than a tribute – it breathes new life into the playing of one of the founding fathers of European jazz".[6] The Telegraph concert review by Sebastian Scotney stated "this weekend's 75th birthday concerts in Stuttgart for the German bassist Eberhard Weber are going to take some beating as the jazz events of the year".[7]

Track listingEdit

All music composed by Eberhard Weber except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Résumé Variations" (Jan Garbarek/Eberhard Weber)8:00
2."Hommage (Pat Metheny)"31:33
3."Touch"8:19
4."Maurizius"9:26
5."Tübingen"6:55
6."Notes After an Evening"5:32
Total length:68:55

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ECM Records Catalog: 2400 series accessed November 10, 2017
  2. ^ ECM Reviews accessed November 10, 2017
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Pat Metheny / Jan Garbarek / Gary Burton – Hommage to Eberhard Weber > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kelman, J., All About Jazz Review, September 4, 2015
  5. ^ a b Fordham, J., The Guardian Review, October 9, 2015
  6. ^ a b Larkin, C. Irish Times Review, September 18, 2015
  7. ^ Scotney, S. Eberhard Weber Jubilee Concert, Stuttgart, review: 'magical', The Telegraph, January 25, 2015