Eric Niceberg | Tony Pancella | Piano Duet
Tony Pancella - Grand Piano
Eric Niceberg - Grand Piano
This project features pianists Eric Niceberg and Tony Pancella on a two-piano setting, presenting their new cd "Live at Piano World". A unique combination of styles, a musical journey that covers all the history of the jazz piano.
Two pianos, two 88 keys intruments work together offering an interesting repertoire and "special tribute" concerts, such as:
The music of George and Ira Gershwin
Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn Songbook
Tribute to the Jazz Piano Giants
"My first impression is that these guys work really well together feel-wise,
they breathe and move almost like one person playing alone squared. They
move almost instinctively with each other and create myriads of textures and
sub-styles within the framework of the song form basics of the tunes, all
great American song book standards, with the exception of Monk’s Round
Midnight. Both being accomplished jazz players as well as equally
accomplished pianists, we move kaleidoscopically from gut bucket stride-
like playing to contempory jazz improvising to what can only be described
as sections, areas, crevices in the music that sound like pure textural playing
employing all manner of contemporary harmony, melody and rhythm. The
transitions between areas are natural, and the ability of the two to follow
each other around in the improvised stylistic journey of each piece is
wonderful. (I have a feeling one of them was using a GPS). The feeling of
movement, of travel within the music is infectious and unique as well,
doesn’t really move quite like anything I’ve heard before.
Enough said, enjoy the concert, I did."
"Eric Niceberg and Tony Pancella are definitely virtuosos with the ability to express all emotions musically. Their energy-level is always peaked as though “on fire” and by listening intuitively, they provide a flexible “give and take” that creates a natural horizontal flow.
Much like the blindfolded chess player visualizing moves on a board of 64 black and white squares, I listen with closed eyes and envision intervals scattered across an imaginary keyboard of 88 blacks and whites; thus, my concentration as well as auditory senses are enhanced; with eyes shut, your ears work more proficiently.
Being a piano aficionado, I’ll avoid comparing their talents because I listen
philosophically and search for aesthetics that thrill the ears; which in this case, both of mine are indeed."