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Sense of Self

by Paul Panebianco

Odd time jazz/rock fusion with orchestral,avant and chamber influences.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red Tape
6:38 album only
2. Hopeful
6:34 album only
3. Origin Unknown
7:25 album only
4. Shadow Step
4:02 album only
5. Hat Magic
3:38 album only
6. Triumph over Adversity
11:26 album only
7. The Night of the First Light
3:07 album only


Album Notes
Paul Panebianco is a Musician and Composer from the Long Island, New York area. He has been studying music since 1977 and composing since 1986.

The Music of Paul Panebianco is a spirited, soulful high and low energy mixture of modern symphonic, avant garde, jazz/rock fusion, progressive and chamber rock influences.

Over the passage of time Paul's music has been developing into what it is today and for the first time you can purchase a high quality recording of his music. Sense of Self was recorded from July 2003 thru September 2004,

"This is the first "Offical" Paul Panebianco album. It was recorded; one man band style, Live drums and keyboards multitracked, its all instrumental and contains reworkings of most of Paul's early compositions, Its the best example of Paul's composing and performing abilities available to date".

Paul Panebianco: Drums, Keyboards

Sense of Self Reviews :

Reviewed by : Larry Kolota, Kinesis Inc. Composer/keyboardist/drummer Paul Panebianco?s first CD is an impressive instrumental work, a one-man show in which he multitracks keyboards and real drums. This is the type of music you don?t produce without at least some formal music education, an adventurous progressive rock with strong fusion and 20th century classical elements. It?s not for everyone, as it does have avant-garde aspects, a complex chordal vocabulary, quirky melodies, and rhythms that constantly twist and turn. Perhaps Univers Zero playing fusion?/

Reviewed by : Dave Kerman, CEO ReR USA

I gotta say, it's an extremely well composed gem, and the playing is superb. The melodic prowess is first rate, and it shows an extreme amount of restraint when called for, and balls out when appropriate. It's truly a surprise to hear something so very promising, in this day and age, from a genre usually so squalid, and burdened by the accomplishments of the past.

Reviewed by : John Reagan, Big Balloon Music
Multi-instrumentalist and one-man band Paul Panebianco has put together an interesting avant garde/fusion, polyrythmic and energetic CD of original compositions. He multitarcks keyboard parts and avoids the bane of one-man bands by playing real drums!

Reviewed by : Steve Roberts, ZNR CD's
This artist is one of the breed of musician who just has to do everything himself! Paul wrote everything, produced the disc and played all the keyboards & drums himself. Sorta like a prog/zuehl Todd Rundgren! Overall the music reminds us of latter day Univers Zero! The keyboard samples mimic clarinets, violins, growling Paganotti-like bass lines, mallet percussion and, of course, pianos and synths! Parts recall the solo albums of Benoit Widemann having a slightly fusion feel at times. The majority of this is through-composed modern 'classical' music. The drumming is particularly impressive, complimenting the keyboard parts perfectly. The sound of the recording is a little thin but it doesn't diminish the accomplishment of this fine album. Highly recommended to fans of Univers Zero, Present, Francois Thollot, and Daniel Denis!

Reviewed by : Ron Fuchs

Composer/keyboardist/drummer Paul Panebianco’s first CD is simply an amazing piece of instrumental work. Paul basically does all the instruments himself where he multi tracks keyboards and real drums. The music Paul composes is a type of adventurous progressive rock with both fusion and modern classical elements along with some avant-garde aspects. It’s not something most listeners can digest in one sitting. It’s complex, quirky melodies, and ever changing rhythms will have the afore mentioned avant-garde fan’s drooling over each song. I’d also recommend this to fan’s of the RIO movement as well as listeners that enjoy an adventurous musical journey.

Reviewed by : Bill Noland, Progression Magazine, Issue 48 Spring 2005

Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer Paul Panebianco cites Daniel Denis and Univers Zero as key influences (among others ranging from Peter Hammill to Bartok, Ginstera and Cage). Univers Zero is an excellent comparison point for the music on Panebianco's 2005 release, Sense of Self, on which he plays keyboards and drums, and is credited with all compositions and production. The album's seven tracks (ranging from 3 to over 11 minutes) are squarely in the chamber rock mode, melding rock, 20th-century classical, and occasional jazz influences. Panebianco's playing is generally excellent, particularly on drums and piano. The jazzy piano solo in "Magic Hat" is a musical high point. Bass parts as well as some melody lines (particularly those played on a somewhat overused violin patch) are not as smooth as a real instrument, but the inventiveness of the parts and the music as a whole generally compensate. This album would likely appeal to fans of Universe Zero, Cartoon, or D.S. Al Coda-era National

Reviewed by : Paul Hightower  Expose issue No. 32 sept. 2005

Paul Panebianco is a writer and musician from New York who's decided to take the plunge into the world of independent progressive music, and I'm glad he has. Though constrained to only drums and keyboards, Panebianco manages to offer up full band arrangements with every track. Since he's primarily a keyboard player, each of the seven tracks has been conceived with this instrument in mind. Piano is often at the core of the songs, sometimes played straight, though Panebianco offers many keyboard sounds as well, such as honky-tonk piano in "Hopeful" or the harmonica-synth in "Shadow Step", or even the tubular bells in "Triumph Over Adversity". Particular Clever is Panebianco's use of a tremulous, high-pitched single violin sound that often juxtaposes against rhythmically and tonally harsher Keys parts. I can't say I've ever heard someone use this instrumental voice in quite this way and it's really delightful. Part of what also makes his songs work so well is Panebianco's appreciation of what the rhythm section can add to such harmonically and rhythmically abstract keyboard arrangements. His bass patch is is wholly convincing and the parts well conceived, plus his drumming reveals surprising finesse and maturity. So often these recordings can prove the old axiom " just because any idiot can record and produce their own music doesn't mean they should ". But Panebianco deserves much wider attention, particularly from fans of groups like The Muffins or Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. Recommended.



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