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August 17 , 2007

Eberhard Weber

As many of our listeners will be aware, Eberhard Weber suffered a stroke in April which forced him to cancel his involvement in the extensive European tour of the Jan Garbarek group. We are pleased to report that his rehabilitation is progressing well. He is already sketching new episodes to be included in future performances of his project “Stages of a Long Journey” which was given its premiere at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart on the bassist’s 65. birthday in March 2005 and released on CD this April (ECM 1920). The imposing suite that brought together a plethora of distinguished musicians including Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, Rainer Brüninghaus, Marilyn Mazur and the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roland Kluttig has received widespread critical acclaim. “Stages Of A Long Journey is a document of a journey through jazz by a remarkable musician who is widely regarded as emancipating the bass from its time keeping role and opening up new dimensions for the instrument in a melody carrying role”, writes Stuart Nicholson in Jazzwise while Ray Comiskey, in the Irish Times, is delighted by “an indeterminate and successful mix on the amorphous edges of jazz and classical music.”
Performances of “Stages of a Long Journey” are now being projected in several European cities in 2008.

A recent interview with Eberhard Weber, discussing "Stages Of A Long Journey" can be heard here: