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THE COLOURS OF CHLOň

Eberhard Weber

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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fuxi
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5 stars THE COLOURS OF CHLOE is, without any doubt, Eberhard Weber's most visionary album. Strange to think this was Weber's first album for the ECM label, and he never again came up with anything so idiosyncratic.

Just look at the unconventional line-up. Weber himself plays a leading role on custom-built double bass (now sounding vaguely eastern, now powerfully rhythmical, now singing out freely), cello and ocarina. (The mournful sound of the latter plays an important role in the album's tour-de-force, the nineteen-and-a-half-minute "No Motion Picture".) Weber's old friend Rainer BrŁninghaus plays keyboards and provides "No Motion Picture"'s whirling, repetitive, somewhat TUBULAR-BELLS-like themes on synths and multi-tracked electric pianos. BrŁninghaus also provides some of the most limpid acoustic piano solos recorded during 1973! His playing contrasts beautifully with the massed forces of the cellos of the SŁdfunk Orchestra, Stuttgart, which lend the album some of its dreamiest passages. Two drummers appear on the album, and finally there's still Ack Van Rooyen on fluegelhorn, who provides a highly dramatic break on the magnificent title track.

If THE COLOURS OF CHLOE is anything, I suppose you can call it truly symphonic 1970s jazz, but without a trace of empy virtuosity or bombast. Unlike certain other ECM albums, the music is fascinating from start to finish. It never breaks down, and this is due, to a large extent, to Weber's knack for writing and arranging wonderfully mysterious and unforgettable melodies.

It comes as no surprise that the eight-minute title track was covered by Gary Burton on one of his own masterpieces, the 1974 album RING, featuring Burton himself on vibes, Bob Moses on drums, Weber AND Steve Swallow on bass, with Mick Goodrick PLUS Pat Metheny on guitars, all playing together. THE COLOURS OF CHLOE as a whole also made a strong impression on the then twenty-year old Metheny, since its influence (both melodically and structurally) can clearly be heard on Metheny's most ambitious album, THE WAY UP, where Eberhard Weber is explicitly thanked in the liner notes.

I cannot call THE COLOURS OF CHLOE 'a masterpiece of progressive rock' per se, but it is definitely one of the masterpieces of European jazz and of 'progressive music' in general. If you like intelligent, imaginative instrumental music, do not hesitate to get a copy! You'll enjoy it for the rest of your life.

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Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Review Permalink
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5 stars With The Colours of ChloŽ, Eberhard Weber confronts the listener with a curious sound that feels less like jazz-rock fusion and more like some strange breed of ambient jazz which regularly fades into and out of more conventional ECM-ish sounds. The absence of guitar, in particular, distances itself from the bulk of jazz fusion (can you imagine Mahavishnu Orchestra without guitar?), but the pulsating bass lines Eberhard lays down provides a foundation for some downright frenetic playing from the rest of the band. With driving rhythms on the title track reminding me at points of some of the more esoteric moments of the Canterbury scene - it puts me in mind of Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt in particular, and I've never heard anything which quite sounds like Rock Bottom - it's an intriguing album and a sorely underrated one at that.

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Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars The German bass player Eberhard Weber's second record "The Colours of ChloŽ" from 1974 is an interesting piece of music. I can't see which musicians who are playing but they seems to be more than one. The cover picture is very artistic with a pink background and a happy family standing on the green.

Jazz rock is quite new for me and I have met both bands I like and dislike.

So, let's enjoy this music. I would be exaggerating if I said it happens a lot here but what is happening is lovely. The best track is the long suite "No motion picture" with a melody line which is very pleasant and you can clearly hear the bass lines are sophisticated. This music over all is not easy achieved and it can be hard if you are used to short songs where it happens things all the time. This is a sophisticated soundscape to travell into. First track "More colours" consists of beautiful cello and not so much jazz and the title track "The Colours of ChloŽ" has a wobbly interesting sound and builds of a world of new atmospheres. "An evening with Vincent van Ritz" has a lovely trumpet.

When I counted my track ratings my over all review was 3,625 and I will higher it to four stars for a lovely piece of music. The music maybe lacks much melodies, it's my only but. It isn't what others have stated a masterwork but it's a great example of the variety of the progressive scene in the 70s. I will return to this music soon.

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