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Eberhard Weber

Eberhard Weber in Lucerne, Switzerland
Background information
Born (1940-01-22) 22 January 1940 (age 76)
Stuttgart, Germany
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Bassist, composer
Instruments Electric upright bass
Double bass, cello
Years active 1962–present
Labels ECM
Associated acts Jan Garbarek, Kate Bush
Pat Metheny, Ralph Towner
Gary Burton
Website Eberhard Weber on ECM
Notable instruments
Custom 5-string electric upright bass

I was afraid the other musicians might want to present themselves too much, though I see in the coverage I've received of the album that the musicians got wonderful reviews for their contributions and abilities. I think the four musicians played freely within my limits.
Eberhard Weber
When I started to pick up the bass, it was purely by random chance.
In 1972, I got my first electric bass and started playing the kind of instrument I play now. I found that the majority of musicians couldn't bear that. They are not used to listening to the bass because they think the bass is in the background to support them.
Eberhard Weber
If there is a good musical reason, I think it might draw more attention and sell, though it is not guaranteed. To make a record without a musical reason, you have to either be a pop star who sells automatically or just be lucky.
Eberhard Weber
Whenever I release a record, it's my record. It's not a selfish thought. I may work all year 'round for other people. So, finally, when I come out with my own album, it should be me with the creative help of other musicians.
Eberhard Weber
I realized pretty soon that I have to do more than just play bass in the background way. So, I developed a kind of playing which only a handful of musicians accepted.
Eberhard Weber
Orchestras are not used to playing the kind of stuff jazz musicians like to play. It requires a lot of rehearsal and recording time, so it's much easier to do on a synth or sampler. So, we came up with that idea.
Eberhard Weber
I played cello in my high school orchestra.
Orchestra had a little brass ensemble on two tracks as well, but the rest was me. I knew I couldn't continue in this direction, even if people liked it, because I can only duplicate myself.
Eberhard Weber
As a result, I had to get my own playground which was my band Colours. This band lasted for about eight years and then the air was out of it and it was time to finish.
Eberhard Weber
On the other hand, when I give it closer thought, I realize I'm not enough of a dictator to conduct an orchestra because it requires a pretty awful person. When you read these biographies of famous conductors, they are all awful people who fail in their private relationships.
Eberhard Weber
The problem is that I don't want to add another record to the world that is not necessary to be published, except to make some business. There has to be a musical reason.
Eberhard Weber
When I think back now to the recording sessions, there is more improvisation than one hears. It's an ideal combination of arrangements and improvisation. Only a few people are able to listen and say what is composed and what is improvised. It's a unit.
Eberhard Weber
There are always some doubts when you do a new album though. You wonder whether you succeeded or not, especially when you waited as long as I did for this one – seven years. You're never really sure if it will be a nice record or not.
Eberhard Weber
On the other hand, I'm very tolerant as well. I expect that everybody can play what they want. I'm only not tolerant when it comes to myself and what is presented on my album that I have to listen to for the rest of my life.
Eberhard Weber
At the time, I didn't know that bass would not be enough for me. I'm not a bass player because bass is always a background instrument even to this very day.
Eberhard Weber
The way to compose for me is to have lots of time.
I am a classical music lover – not necessarily the contemporary stuff, but the old stuff.
Eberhard Weber
It's better to finish at the peak or soon after it, than to wait until the audience notices a decline.
Eberhard Weber
It is probably very necessary to present your ego at some point.
I like to create the music I hear in my interior. As a conductor, you have the ability to squeeze the sounds and interpretation you asked for from 50 to 80 people.
Eberhard Weber