Eberhard Weber

Genres: Documentaries Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

22 January 1940, Stuttgart, Germany. Weber’s father taught him the cello from the age of six and he only turned to the bass in 1956. He liked the sound of Bill Haley’s records, saw an old stand-up bass hanging on the wall in the school gym and tried it out. He played jazz in his spare time from making television commercials and working as a theatre director and only turned professional in 1972. With Wolfgang Dauner (keyboards) he had played in a trio inspired by the Bill Evans Trio and in Dauner’s psychedelic jazz rock band, Etcetera. He worked with the Dave Pike Set and then joined Volker Kriegel’s Spectrum, but did not share Kriegel’s fascination with rock rhythms and left in 1974.

Weber had already recorded The Colours Of Chloë for ECM Records and had developed the 5-string bass, which gives him his individual sound, from an old Italian bass with a long neck and a small rectangular soundbox he had seen in an...

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