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Eberhard Weber: Encore

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Encore carries forward the concept that Eberhard Weber brought to his 2012 Résumé release. At that time, unable to play bass anymore due to a stroke suffered in 2007, the German musician extracted a dozen solos he’d created while working in Jan Garbarek’s group and essentially fashioned them into new pieces in the studio. Rearranging the raw solos, adding keyboards and electronics and inserting contributions from saxophonist Garbarek and drummer Michael DiPasqua, Weber devised new living beings from bare bones. The result was breathtaking.

As is Encore. This time, Weber changes up the formula just enough by inviting Dutch flugelhornist Ack van Rooyen to be his sole collaborator. (Van Rooyen played on Weber’s ECM leader debut, 1974’s The Colours of Chloë.) On 13 new tracks, each bearing the name of the European city in which Weber laid down the original solo, the pair reaches for a sonic sublimity and roundness of sound that could not have been possible emanating from a lone double bass in a live setting.

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