Pinie Caceres

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The Caceres family has been a force in Texas music for several generations and Pinero Caceres is perhaps the most obscure of the family members who have gone the route of professional musicians. Usually…
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The Caceres family has been a force in Texas music for several generations and Pinero Caceres is perhaps the most obscure of the family members who have gone the route of professional musicians. Usually credited as Pinie Caceres, he was a pianist, trumpeter and arranger whose recording activities were largely confined to the mid to late '50s, only a few years before his death. While brother Ernie Caceres blew his saxophone on nearly 500 different sides and was largely associated with jazz, Pinero Caceres did some arranging on early recordings of Norteno artists as well as stirring the harmonic soup pot for small combo bandleaders such as trumpeter Bobby Hackett.

The previously mentioned saxophonist brother and a third member of the clan, violinist Emilio Caceres were in a performing and recording unit in the '30s that seems to have excluded poor Pinie, perhaps due to age. Ernie Caceres made it up later in the game by hooking his brother up with Hackett, with whom he had also worked at New York hotels. A late '90s Arhoolie compilation entitled 15 Early Tejano Classics includes examples of Caceres' arrangements.