Hommage á Eberhard Weber
Pat Metheny guitar; Jan Garbarek saxophones; Paul McCandless oboe; Manfred Schoof trumpet; Gary Burton vibraphone, Scott Colley double bass, Danny Gottlieb drums; SWR Big Band; Helge Sunde conductor Michael Gibbs conductor, arranger
In January 2015 musicians and listeners converged upon Stuttgart’s Theaterhaus for two consecutive nights to celebrate the 75th birthday of Eberhard Weber. The concerts centered around a specially commissioned 35-minute suite by Pat Metheny, with whom Weber had played and recorded back in the 1970s. Featuring Metheny, the SWR Big Band conducted by Helge Sunde, Gary Burton, bassist Scott Colley and Danny Gottlieb on drums, the composition was arranged around recordings of solos by Weber. Other performers during the two nights playing selections from Weber’s vast body of work were Weber’s longtime companions Jan Garbarek, Paul McCandless, Manfred Schoof and arranger Michael Gibbs, all drawing ovations from the packed house. “A truly special event, this.” Michael Tucker, Jazz Journal.