The CDs in this box — Yellow Fields, Silent Feet, and Little Movements — collect out-of-print work by the German double-bass virtuoso Eberhard Weber and his exceptional chamber-jazz band. Each consists of long, lyrical works, almost all by Weber, a founding architect of the ECM sound: quiet, melodic, patient, almost classical in its austere elegance. The material was recorded between 1975 and 1980 and features Boston windmaster Charlie Mariano on saxes, flutes, and instruments more exotic; rhapsodic pianist Rainer Brüninghaus; drummers Jon Christensen and John Marshall; and Weber himself, a master of the long line, of the arco highlight and ostinato (the repetition of a brief phrase). Sparked by insistent Brüninghaus figures, Little Movements might be viewed as a kind of ostinato pun. In the ’70s, ECM records (all vinyl then) made jazz synonymous with subtlety. Subtle doesn’t mean boring, however. These tracks — leisurely, demanding, definitively empathetic — are complicated and soothing at the same time, proving jazz needn’t be smooth to be seductive. — Carlo Wolff
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