The AIX All Star Band – Pachelbel Acoustica


What happens when some of the most talented LA studio players improvise an hour long rendition of the Pachelbel Canon? This disc takes you on a magical musical journey through solos and recaps.


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Pachelbel Canon Acoustica is the second in AIX Records’ “acoustica” series and is performed by a tremendous group of studio musicians in Los Angeles. The concept for the piece is to derive a free flowing improvisational jam from the basic harmonic foundation of the original Baroque composition written by Johann Pachelbel in the early 18th century. There are sections of intense, pulsing rhythms that alternate with individual soloist sections. Every player explores their instrument during a series of expanding instrumental interplay.

Featuring these amazing musicians:

  • Carl Verheyen, electric guitar
  • Laurence Juber, acoustic/electric guitar
  • Jim Cox, piano & organ
  • Cliff Hugo, bass
  • John Ferraro, drums
  • Alberto Lopez, percussion

The technology of recording in real-surround HD-Audio coupled with the capability of the blu-ray format to deliver HD-Video brings the intimacy of the performance into your own personal listening space. Watch it with the video or simply sit back and revel in the music as it is passed between members of the group.

The concept is to present the “electronica” aesthetic but using real musicians. The piece is laid out and then performed without a rehearsal and in a single pass. There is no overdubbing or going back to “fix” anything. This results in a completely new musicial expression.

This disc was shot using HD video equipment and is compatible with all blu-ray players.

Audio Samples:

  1. Phosphoros –
  2. Gaia –
  3. Kronos –
  4. Stilbon –
  5. Areos –
  6. Helios –
  7. Metis –
  8. Uranus –
  9. Canonus –

Additional information

Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 6 × 0.5 in



Carl Verheyen, Laurence Juber, Jim Cox, piano & organ
Cliff Hugo, John Ferraro, Alberto Lopez

2 reviews for The AIX All Star Band – Pachelbel Acoustica

  1. aixrecords_pvjrhg

    “Just got the Pachelbel Canon Acoustica Blu ray disc. Excellent disc. Excellent video and audio.”

    mgpt6 – AVS Forum

  2. aixrecords_pvjrhg

    The AIX All Star Band: “Pachelbel Canon Acoustica”
    Details Category: Blu-ray music
    August 2010

    201008_acousticaAIX Records Mixes Pachelbel, Jazz, and Cutting-Edge HD Audio/Video into an Appealing Entertainment Experience

    AIX 85051
    Format: Blu-ray

    Overall Enjoyment
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    When I reviewed the AIX Records Audio Calibration Disc / HD Music Sampler earlier this year, I mentioned that the innovative company would soon have full-length Blu-ray Discs to satisfy our eyes and ears, and that promise has now come to pass. Pachelbel Canon Acoustica is one of two new Blu-ray releases from AIX, the other being Chamber Music Palisades — Shostakovich / Debussy / Brockman. For Pachelbel Canon Acoustica, the virtuoso AIX All Star Band played a 45-minute improvised set of variations on the chord changes established in the famous Canon by the baroque composer Pachelbel. The main idea was to use elements and styles from electronic composition but to record the instruments acoustically. Though the program notes claim the performance was a single take without rehearsal, everything is so tight and precise that you’d never know it. The virtuoso musicians involved include Laurence Juber, acoustic guitar; Carl Verheyen, electric guitar; Jim Cox, piano; Cliff Hugo, acoustic bass; Alberto Lopez, percussion; and John Ferraro, drums.

    Though the piece rises to great heights once or twice, it’s basically very quiet. In fact, it’s so quiet at times that I found myself doubting it could be done without digital equipment. Producer Mark Waldrep, who was also the audio and mixing engineer, as well as the video editor on several other titles, has become a master at recording acoustic music, and I can’t fault any part of the recording — it has thoroughly satisfying presence, clarity, and definition, and it has perfect balance among instruments. Waldrep, unlike most engineers these days, has chosen to use Dolby TrueHD 5.1 rather than the more popular DTS. I’ve heard little difference between the two systems when they’ve been offered side by side, and Dolby works just fine here. Waldrep has provided both audience and stage mixes in Dolby TrueHD, as well as a PCM two-channel mix. All of the sound mixes are 24-bit/96kHz, and they all sound wonderful, though I preferred the Dolby TrueHD stage mix because it seemed to transform my entire listening area into a small auditorium. The HD video makes for a clean, crisp picture that gives you a privileged and intimate look at just how the players make their wonderful sounds.

    A sampler disc that came with Pachelbel Canon Acoustica has HD cuts from 21 different albums, including such artists as John Gorka, Albert Lee, and Steve March Tormé, all of which prove that the time has finally arrived when we can experience both state-of-the-art video and audio at once. Other music producers please take note.

    Be sure to listen to: The second section, Gaia, has droning chords from the keyboard and bass while guitars improvise filigree over them, all of which is gently peppered by percussion and drums. Though it’s all very quiet, there’s a lot going on, and the transparency and resolution on the audio tracks is almost uncanny.

    . . . Rad Bennett

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