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Sunday, 12 September 2010

Eberhard Weber - Yellow Fields

ECM 1066 ST (Germany), released in 1976

One of the very best Eberhard Weber ECM albums, this inspired pairing of Weber with American saxophonist Charlie Mariano, along with German pianist Rainer Bruninghaus and Norwegian drummer Jon Christiansen sets the benchmark on this kind of "Eurojazz", which became the raison de etre of ECM's Manfred Eicher, the producer here. Wonderfully flexible themes, great soloing, what's not to like? All four compositions ("Touch", "Sand-Glass", "Yellow Fields", and "Left Lane") are by Weber. Notably different are the contributions by Mariano using the Indian instruments shenai and nagaswaram.

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