Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Eberhard Weber - Little Movements (ECM, 2009)

Disc Two of the Colors Boxed Set has bassist and composer Weber joined by Charlie Mariano on soprano saxophone and flutes, Rainer Brüninghaus on piano and synthesizer and John Marshall on drums. "The Last Stage Of A Long Journey" has a slow building and atmospheric opening, with spacey and airy saxophone and gentle piano at 4:50, building to something of a more palatable new age feel towards the end of the performance. "Bali" opens with shimmering synth and light saxophone. Drums and bass kick in, giving the music a shinier, almost poppy feel. Parts of this performance move episodically like a medley, especially a nice section for electronics and flute at the 6:30 mark. "A Dark Spell" features piano and bass building an open and spacious feel. Elastic bass, spare percussion and rippling piano give the music a pastoral feel. Mariano enters with swirling saxophone leading the group into a full band improvisation that takes things out. Sad sounding piano opens"Little Movements," overdubbed with added found sounds to make for a collage feel. Saxophone (possibly overdubbed) and full, think pulsing bass search over rolling and thrashing drums. "'No Trees?' He Said" ends the album on a light and melodic note, with Weber's swinging elastic bass showing the way. Colours -

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