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THE COLOURS OF CHLOň

Eberhard Weber

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Studio Album, released in 1974

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More Colours 6:40
The Colours Of ChloŽ 7:45
An Evening With Vincent Van Ritz 5:46
No Motion Picture 19:56

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ECM Records,Germany LP ECM 1042 ST
2001 ECM Records , Germany CD ECM 1042

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4.60
(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
40%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
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Review by 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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Review by Warthur
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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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5 stars The Colours of ChloŽ is an understated thing of musical beauty. It does take some time to fully figure it out, though. After I have listened to it once or twice, I rated it 4 stars, because I'd found it a pleasantly sounding, well played and listener-friendly album (despite a fairly high degree o ... (read more)

Report this review (#1300780) | Posted by Argonaught | Thursday, November 06, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

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