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The majority of the world has heard the quality of Bösendorfer pianos since the time of Franz List, but it wasn't until the later decades of the 20th century
that the jazz world became aware of the Austrian pianos through the Canadian jazz pianist icon Oscar Peterson. In fact, the dedicated, hand-made, piano company has
even crafted recently a limited
run of "Oscar Peterson" dedication pianos, and I plan to record some tributes to "O.P." (one of my heroes) on one.
(That means more and more videos coming just for you!). The piano featured in the video is the Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert Grand.
The actual title of my composition in the video below is "Shala", which has it's origins dating back to 1000 BC Babylonia. I named it "Virgo" on the video channel
to reduce the description space, but since you clicked open this description box, well, you know...
Back to the background on it. "Virgo" a.k.a. "Shala", is one movement of 13 from my collective titled; "13 Signs".
(Some people say there is a 13th sign, "Ophiuchus" "the serpent bearer"), just so you know.
The great American jazz pianist, Mary Lou Williams beat everyone to the concept of recording the first "Zodiac Suite", which she did in 1944-45. Similarly,
sometime within 1914-16, composer Gustav Holst gave us "The Planets". You're probably thinking; Why take on a similar compositional approach?
Well, to answer; The Zodiac is one of the earliest known astronomical tools doccumented within Eastern, as well as Greco-Roman history, and to start with,
it became the major tool for organized agriculture - A major accomplishment, or detriment to humanity, depending on whom you ask.
That said, my plan is to illustrate with instrumental jazz music compositions that capture the multiple Zodiac references that occur cross-culturally,
including historical accounts from Babylon, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman, Astrology, etc.
Taking this approach will endow me with a rich etymology, and therefore, in my collective (suite), "Virgo" is "Shala", "Gemini" is "Castor And Pollux", "Leo" is "Leonis", etc.
Stay tuned as the collective posts here at the website.
piano: Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert Grand
Composition: "Virgo" a.k.a. "Shala", by Tony Pacini
video: Ciro Fusco (Ciro Fusco Films)
Zeiss Lenses / manual focus
Oh, by the way, there's a sequel to this video. Find it at: https://vimeo.com/channels/tonypacini
My videographer/video moderator Ciro Fusco asked; "Tony! What was the name of that tune you were playing in the last video shoot we did?" I replied over the phone; "Who Know's?", and so it became. My good friend and colleague Willie Matheis happened to call me the night we were filming at exactly the time we needed to take a break whilst Ciro made some adjustments on the cameras. I asked Willie over the phone if he was nearby, and if he might be interested in stepping in the shoot since my drummer Tim Rap was on a gig that night. Willie said; "Sure, my acting chops are'nt up, but my playing is." We're actually playing the chord progression to "There'll Never Be Another You" in the key of Eb (for those of you keeping score at home). A few weeks later, Ciro was looking over the footage prior to editing, and felt that there was something "retro cool" about this selection. He did his artistic magic, and then added the following comment in the Vimeo description box: "A rare archival video clip of the greatest jazz pianist Tony Pacini broadcasted in the Summer of 1959 from the Classic Pianos Studio in Portland Oregon, featuring Ed Bennett on Bass and Willie Matheis on Tenor Sax." Lol, my mother would have been 10 years old in 1959, and I hadn't even been born yet. (Uhm, just to clarify). Anyways, that's Ciro's humor for you, but more importantly, his artistry. It's a very be-bop-ish feel on this one. I like to think of still having a bit of that West Coast jazz feel. ~Enjoy
Let's embrace technology. For 2018, the trio (Ed Bennett bass, Tim Rap drums, myself) will be selling E.P.'s (Extended Play, 3-4 selections per) video packages. We'll also be re-distributing our previously recorded CDs (Compact Discs) in digital format through the standard status quo now found on the internet. We are constantly filming, so there'll always be a plethora of free and new content, but the bonus will be in the E.P.'s We'll be adding things like; insight to the playing, history of a composition, the arrangements, lead sheets and music, files for disklavier player pianos, etc. This is really exciting stuff, so when the announcement comes in 2018 that E.P's are available, we hope you'll come back for those specialities. Additionally, help spread the word about this webpage you're on right now - this little "culdesac on the internet". Remember, to come back for the latest videos, and those E.P.'s Thanks for watching.
"Excerpts From A Simulcast Concert"
"The Tony Pacini Trio Plus One Chuck Redd" - Tony Pacini piano, Ed Bennett bass, Timothy Rap perc, plus one Chuck Redd drums. On the amazing Bösendorfer 280 Vienna Concert Grand.
Performed by: The Tony Pacini Trio - Tony Pacini piano, Ed Bennett bass, Timothy Rap drums, (Schimmel "Konzert action" grand).
"Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
Performed by: The Tony Pacini Trio - Tony Pacini piano, Ed Bennett bass, Timothy Rap drums, (an Estonia grand).
"Rain On Tuesday"
A composition by: Tony Pacini. Featuring; Tony Pacini on an Estonia piano, and Ed Bennett on acc. bass.
An arrangement by: Tony Pacini. Featuring; The Tony Pacini Trio. Tony Pacini piano, and Ed Bennett on acc. bass, Tim Rap drums.
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"The club was not open yet, but the band was setting up. The door opened and the great Benny Golson walked in. With a very serious look on his face, he approached us to rehearse, placed his sax case on stage, opened it and pulled out a notepad and pen and asked the band: "Do you know Whisper Not?"...We replied; "Yes". "Along Came Betty?"..."Yes". "Killer Joe?"...again, "Yes". He then gave us the sweetest smile, laughed, and said; "Okay, rehearsal is over". I'm not sure what it would feel like being the author of so many universally known tunes, but I do know what it's like playing with Mr. Golson; joy. Pure joy." ~Tony Pacini