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Eberhard Webber-Bass, Cello, Ocarina
Rainer Bruninghaus-Piano, Synthesizer
Peter Giger-Drums, Percussion
Ralh Hubner-Drums on "The Colours Of Chloe"
Ack Van Rooyen-Flugelhorn
Cellos of Sudfunk Orchestra, Stuttgart
The choir consists of Eberhard Weber and Gisela Schauble
Produced by Manfred Eicher
An often unsung genius of the electric bass is the German Eberhard Weber. Unlike most of his contemporaries, Eberhard's approach to his playing is through the up-right bass, which he would help design one of the first electric uprights which he would use on further releases.
On Eberhard's solo debut, The Colours Of ChloŽ , Eberhard would set the foundation for every album he would do afterwards, adding classy touch to his bass lines, which would taken to a further dimension by his only contemporary at the time, Jaco Pastorius.
The music on The Colours Of ChloŽ is not too far removed from his Kraut-rock brethen, on most of this gem, as the ethereal beauty of the opener "More Colours", could easily fit on a Faust album.
The second song and the jewel of the set, is the title track, which is utterly amazing, as is the following track, the Miles Davis like "An Evening With Vincent Van Ritz" which shows off not only Eberhard's virtuosity, but the uncanny Bill Evans influenced keyboarding of long-time collaborator, Rainer Bruninghaus, whose rapid right hands are often forgotten amongst his peers.
The closing track, "No Motion Pictures" is a wonderful epic which shifts from haunting chants to pulsating bass lines, a song not be missed.
Eberhard Weber's music might not be for everyone, but his classical influenced music is a wonderful relief from the music on the other side of the ocean at the time, which stressed volume, sometimes at forsaking a great tune, which The Colours Of ChloŽ is filled with.