REVIEWS : Thirty Year Watlz
"Thirty Year Waltz comforts like a caress." "Muddy River Vamp peppers us with groove and carefully configured ensemble.This song and a few others will stop casual conversations.The complexity within provokes a deeper listen."
Gregory J. Robb/Jazz Improv Magazine
"Pearce's group is nearly flawless"
Michael Gladstone (www.allaboutjazz.com)
"Thirty Year Waltz" has charted on the JazzWeek Jazz Chart hitting #39 and has been received warmly by jazz radio around the country.
"Composer & jazz pianist Jim Pearce has done due diligence delivering us a fine musical treatise of his original music.....All in the vernacular of Alan Broadbent, Bill Evans, et al. Jim's composition ''Thirty Year Waltz'' was striking in it's broad & expansive rhythmic innovation. Pearce seems able to explore new boundries of the jazz idiom with a particular sense of musical emotionalism that is hard to dismiss. Prime stuff!!"
George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman (www.ejazznews.com)
O's Notes: From the opening track, "Muddy River Vamp", this one cooks! Herman Burney (b), Paul Fallat (d), Eric South (sax, fl), Ken Gregory (t) and pianist Jim Pearce play with a fervor that is energizing. This feeling exists on the entire set as the band performs Jim's eleven compositions well. Other favorites were "Laughing Matter", the lone bouncy vocal, "Play On" and "Sustaining Influence" where Pearce plays organ.
CD Review From O's Place Jazz Newsletter (www.OsPlaceJazz.com)
Thirty Year Waltz has a unified sound, a testament to the philosophy expressed in "Play On";"The music never really dies as long as it's played with love. Play on!"
David Dupont, One Final Note