Eberhard Weber - Encore - ECM 2439


Eberhard Weber was born in Stuttgart in 1940. He made his first ECM appearance in 1970, as bassist with Wolfgang Dauner’s trio on “Output.” His first leader date, “The Colours of Chloë”, was an immediate critical and popular success, winning the Grosser Deutscher Schallplattenpreis in 1975. Through the 1970s Weber played with many other ECM musicians. He was a member of Ralph Towner’s “Solstice” group with Jan Garbarek and Jon Christensen. He recorded with Pat Metheny on “Watercolours”, and with Gary Burton on “Ring” and “Passengers”, also touring internationally with Burton. After leading his own band Colours, with Charlie Mariano, Rainer Brüninghaus and John Marshall, he joined the Jan Garbarek Group in 1982 and over the next quarter-century helped to define its sound. In 2005 the City of Stuttgart honoured Weber with a 65th birthday concert with musicians including Garbarek, Burton, Dauner, Brüninghaus and Marilyn Mazur plus the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra. The concert was documented on the album “Stages Of A Long Journey”.

In 2009 the German Jazz Musicians Union awarded him the Albert Mangelsdorff Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz, and ECM issued a triple album box set of the “Colours” records in its Old & New Masters series.

In January Eberhard Weber received a lifetime achievement award, the newly created Landes-Jazzpreis Baden Württemberg, honoring his artistic work and influence on musicians worldwide.

“Encore” is issued in Eberhard Weber’s 75th year, his birthday celebrated in January with sold-out concerts in Stuttgart, the town where he was born, with performances of Weber’s music and new work dedicated to him, featuring Jan Garbarek, Ralph Towner, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Danny Gottlieb, Scott Colley, Michael Gibbs , Paul McCandless and the SWR Big Band.