This album oozes a lyrical beauty guaranteed to make your cortex throb for decades (around three for me so far). Further, I have still to hear a recording and production quality to better this - and I am an avid consumer of CD's and Vinyl.
Each piece is sumptuously produced and played by some of the planet's greatest living musicians - Eberhard Weber (bass), Rainer Bruninghaus (piano), Charlie Mariano (sax), and John Marshall (drums). In fact, Marshall's drumming here is so good that this album would still be worth the maximum stars had it been a totally solo performance. Together, the band produce music that would have made Mozart wet himself had he heard it. Take the finest moments from Jazz, Classical and Post-Rock, place in blender, add the rarest beauty of the universe, press play and await the arrival of your spirit. It won't take long.
If you are reading this and are capable of breathing and thinking at the same time, then you really must buy this album. It is at the very pinnacle of human artistic achievement and should be played to the aliens when they eventually turn up, as I am sure this is what they will come looking for.
E X Q U I S I T E
L. S. Slaughter | Chapel Hill, NC | 07/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this in 1979 barely out of my teens the same year Mitchell's 'Mingus' was released, and I was beginning to understand jazz improvisation, even as I had been listening to jazz since childhood. Somehow, Weber's "Silent Feet" suddenly crystallized it all for me, just as Mitchell had crystallized the synthesis of poetry and folk/jazz.
As one reviewer has duly noted, there are sections of the 17:00 title tune that can bring one to tears. The interplay between bass, sax, drums and Bruninghaus' galactic piano is exceptional. While there are many celestial moments in "Colors of Chloe" and "Yellow Fields", none match, for me, the series of blistering phrasings that make up this pivotal, sadly overlooked, ECM classic.
Please, please, lovers of beauty, buy this classic!"
James | Indianapolis, IN United States | 11/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the very first note, "Silent Feet" envelops the listener in a cocoon of sumptuous sounds from an extraterrestrial environment. "Silent Feet" is the glorious 1978 masterpiece by Europe's best bassist and jazz composer, Eberhard Weber. The interaction between Weber and the rest of this extraordinary band, Colours, is seamless. The music is intriguing. The ECM sound is pristine and as close to perfection as anyone has come. "Silent Feet" is a lot better than "Yellow Fields" (1975), somewhat better than "Little Movements" (1980) and on par with "Colours of Chloe" (1974), which is not a Colours' album. This is jazz heaven!"
supercrink | PA | 05/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you liked Yellow Fields, you'll like this one more. Eberhard entered into his peak period with this project. Each of his compositions are like facinating journeys taking you to various different places. Rainier Bruninghaus was playing more acoustic piano in this album than he did in the earlier albums by Weber and it really revealed what a wonderful pianist he was at that time. His electric piano work was always good too, but had a tendency to get lost in the other sounds. Here it really showcased his artistry quite well. Charlie Mariano wails throughout the album and John Marshall (known from Soft Machine) was excellent as well."