“Prairie Dog Ballet" is full of memorable original tunes and great jazz improv on sax, trumpet and piano. The whole band turns in a stellar performance. New tunes that could become standards.
A sure fire follow up to Jim's last CD "Washington Square Park" which placed in the 2006 INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS as a Finalist for JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR and as a Finalist for JAZZ SONG OF THE YEAR. Judges for the contest included Terence Blanchard, Norah Jones, Paquito D'Rivera and other industry leaders. Jim is also a previous winner in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, The Great American Song Contest and others.And now Jim has won an "Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award" for the title track "Prairie Dog Ballet" in the 7th annual Great American Song Contest.
"Prairie Dog Ballet" hit #17 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and #7 on the Earshot Jazz Chart in Canada.
"Attention jazz fans! Jim Pearce has done it again. He has put out another outstanding piece of jazz workmanship that will give you hours of rich listening entertainment. His newest CD, “Prairie Dog Ballet” gives you eleven original tunes and Pearce’s inimitable style supported by some other very talented musicians.
Jim is an extraordinarily talented musician and those skills are matched by his songwriting abilities. It is easy to see why he has earned many songwriting awards during his illustrious career. His stories and their imaginative lyrics create vivid images that one does not soon forget, or want to. And his piano riffs continue to play in your head long after his music stops.
All in all this is a wonderful piece of work by Pearce. And since he appears to continue to out do himself each time he comes out with a new CD, it leaves one anxious for his next production and pushing the replay button in the meantime."
Brenda Barbee - Roots Music Report Staff Reviewer
"Jazz composer/pianist Jim Pearce has assembled an impressive canon of songs on Prarie Dog Ballet, showcasing his own creative composition prowess and dazzling technical gifts. The septet shines from the opening title track through the album’s closer, “One More Tomorrow.” He also delivers charming vocals on four tracks." One Way Magazine and Web Site
" The pacing of the album and the music is just short of perfect." AllAboutJazz.com--Michael P. Gladstone
JIM PEARCE -- Piano (all tracks ) -- -Vocal ( 2-5-6-9 )
HERMAN BURNEY-- Acoustic Bass
PAUL FALLAT-- Drums
ERIC SOUTH-- Saxophones (tenor, alto,) flute
KEN GREGORY-- Acoustic Guitar- (6-7-9-10)