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Today Saturday May 27

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Alan Law (solo piano) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE22 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Jazz Night - Jesmond Library, St. George's Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DL. 7:30pm. Collection at door. Feat. members of Newcastle Uni. Jazz Orchestra.
Half Hand Hoodoo Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Monday, March 09, 2015

CD Review: Eberhard Weber – Encore

Eberhard Weber (electric double bass; keyboards); Ack von Rooyen  (flugelhorn)
(Review by Hugh).
Eberhard Weber played electric bass in the Jan Garberek Group in the 1990s and most of the noughties.  For this album, which is a follow on to his 2012 album Résumé, Weber has isolated the bass solos from recordings made at a host of European venues, each of which provides the track title on the CD:  Frankfurt, Konstanz, Cambridge, Rankwell, Langenhagen, Granada, Sevilla, London, Klagenfurt, Bradford, Edinburgh, Hannover, Pamplona. 
Weber has meticulously edited, rearranged and modified the solos with additional keyboard parts which he plays himself.  He is joined on flugelhorn by his old friend, the Dutchman Ack van Rooyen who appeared on Weber's first album Colours of Chloe, 42 years ago.
The original solos were six to ten minutes long and provided transitions between two large blocks of sound in the original concerts.  Weber (now 75) is no longer able to play bass due to a stroke in 2007 and added the keyboard sounds using his one good hand.
The thirteen tracks on this album vary between 2:47 and 4:30.  The album will probably appeal to bass enthusiasts, although Weber played neither double bass nor electric bass, but a “Spezialbass” that was developed by Weber in conjunction with a violin maker.  This was essentially a double bass, but without a sound box.
The result is a melodic continuum and it is difficult to separate the tracks one from another without actually looking at the CD player display.  It is certainly a pleasant sound, particularly with the fine flugelhorn playing of Ack van Rooyen.  Does the CD provide a major new addition to the jazz canon? – well probably not.  This does not detract from the impact that Weber has had on European jazz.  This was celebrated in two concerts in Stuttgart, Weber's home town, on the occasion of his 75th birthday which boasted a stellar line-up including Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton and Pat Metheny and were, by all accounts a night to remember.
The CD was released in the UK on 23 February by ECM (Catalogue Number 4712051.)
Hugh.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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