Friday, April 1, 2016
DVD of the Month - "Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert"
Eberhard Weber: "The Jubilee Concert" (SWR Jazzhaus/Naxos) 2016
***** (musical performance)
**** (sonic quality & video editing)
Arranged by Michael Gibbs, Ralf Schmid, Rainer Tempel and Libor Sima
Conducted by Michael Gibbs and Helge Sunde
Featuring: Pat Metheny (guitar), Gary Burton (vibes), Jan Garbarek (soprano sax), Scott Coley (bass), Danny Gottlieb (drums), Paul McCandless (English horn & soprano sax), Klaus Graf (alto sax), Ernst Hutter (euphonium), and the SWR Big Band
After the ECM release, in September 2015, of the CD "Hommage A Eberhard Weber," voted one of the best albums of the year in the 37th Annual Jazz Station Awards, now SWR gives us the extra pleasure to savour the concert (filmed live @ Theaterhaus Stuttgart in January, 2015) on DVD format.
This wondrous event celebrated Weber's 75th birthday, and the famous bassist (forced to retire due to health issues) showcased his huge talent as a composer. There are 8 tracks on the 90-minute long DVD, while the CD had "only" 6 marvelous tunes. From the opener "Résumé" (also the title of a great book released this past January by Sagas Edition) to the final "Notes After An Evening," a document of an historical night.