EBER­HARD WE­BER

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En­core ★★★★

ECM

When a stroke in 2007 robbed bassist Eber­hard We­ber of the abil­ity to play his bass, it looked like one of the most in­flu­en­tial ca­reers in Euro­pean jazz was at an end. But rather than curse the si­lence, We­ber took live record­ings of his so­los from the pre­ced­ing two decades and be­gan re-work­ing them, ac­com­pa­ny­ing his younger self, one-handed, at the key­boards, or­ches­trat­ing, re­ar­rang­ing and in many re­spects re­com­pos­ing his own orig­i­nal im­pro­vi­sa­tions.

En­core is the sec­ond al­bum to re­sult from this process, and We­ber ad­mits it may well be his last. Ethe­real, oth­er­worldly but al­ways com­pelling, it is a cre­ative act of mu­si­cal time travel and an el­egy to a ca­reer that for many de­fined the much-vaunted ECM sound, heard here in all its pris­tine glory. prop­er­mu­sic.com

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