Born: January 22, 1940 Primary Instrument: Bass
He began recording in the early 1960s, and released his first record, Colours of Chloë (ECM 1042), under his own name in 1973. In addition to his career as a musician, he also worked for many years as a television and theater director. He has designed an electric-acoustic bass featuring an extra C-string.
His music, often in a melancholic tone, follows simple ground patterns (frequently ostinatos), yet is highly organized in its colouring and attention to dramatic detail.
Weber was a notable early proponent of the solid-body electric double bass, which he has played regularly since the beginning of the 1970s.
From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, his closest musical association was with pianist Wolfgang Dauner. Their many mutual projects were very diverse, from mainstream jazz to jazz-rock fusion to avant-garde sound experiments. During this period he also played and recorded with (among many others) pianists Hampton Hawes and Mal Waldron, guitarists Baden Powell de Aquino and Joe Pass, and violinist Stephane Grappelli.
In 1973 he made his first record as a leader, The Colours of Chloë, for ECM Records. Since then he has released 10 more records under his own name, all on ECM. The ECM association also led to collaborations with other ECM recording artists such as Gary Burton (Ring, 1974; Passengers, 1976), Ralph Towner (Solstice, 1974; Sound and Shadows, 1977), Pat Metheny (Watercolors, 1977), and Jan Garbarek (nine recordings between 1978 and 1998).
In the mid-1970s he formed his own group, Colours, with Charlie Mariano (soprano saxophone, flutes), Rainer Brüninghaus (piano, synthesizer), and Jon Christensen (drums). After their first recording, Yellow Fields (1975), Christensen left and was replaced by John Marshall. The group toured extensively and recorded two further records, Silent Feet (1977) and Little Movements (1980), before disbanding.
Since the early 1980s, Weber has regularly collaborated with the British singer-songwriter Kate Bush, playing on four out of her last five studio albums (The Dreaming, 1982; Hounds of Love, 1985; The Sensual World, 1989; Aerial, 2005).
Since the early 1990s his performing and recording activity has decreased considerably he has had only two new recordings under his own name since 1990. Nevertheless his 2001 release Endless Days is perhaps the most elemental fusion of jazz and classical yet realized, the true epitome of chamber jazz. His main touring activity during this period has been as a regular member of the Jan Garbarek Group. His next release will be Stages of a long journey, a collection of live recordings made in March 2005 on the occasion of his 65th birthday, including collaborations with Burton, Dauner, Garbarek and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Eberhard Weber, Stages of a Long Journey (ECM, 2007)
Kate Bush, Aerial (EMI, 2005)
Eberhard Weber, Endless Days (ECM, 2001)
Jan Garbarek, Rites (ECM, 1998)
Eberhard Weber, Pendulum (ECM, 1993)
Jan Garbarek, I Took Up the Runes (ECM, 1990)
Eberhard Weber, Orchestra (ECM, 1989)
Eberhard Weber, Legend of the Seven Dreams (ECM, 1988)
Jan Garbarek Group, It’s Okay to Listen To the Gray Voice (ECM, 1985)
Eberhard Weber, Chorus (ECM, 1985)
Kate Bush, Hounds of Love (EMI, 1985)
Jan Garbarek Group, Wayfarer (ECM, 1983)
Kate Bush, The Dreaming (EMI, 1982)
Eberhard Weber, Later That Evening (ECM, 1982)
Eberhard Weber Colours, Little Movements (ECM, 1980)
Eberhard Weber, Fluid Rustle (ECM, 1979)
Eberhard Weber Colours, Silent Feet (ECM, 1978)
Pat Metheny, Watercolors (ECM, 1977)
Eberhard Weber, The Following Morning (ECM, 1977)
Eberhard Weber, Yellow Fields (ECM, 1976)
Ralph Towner, Solstice (ECM, 1975)
Gary Burton Quartet with Eberhard Weber, Ring (ECM, 1974)
Eberhard Weber, The Colours of Chloë (ECM, 1974)
Wolfgang Dauner, Output (ECM, 1970)
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