A track by track breakdown. 'Samba Baroqua' is a samba with baroque overtones, featuring a harpsichord solo. The point where AC Jobim meets JS Bach if you like.
'Pear-Shaped Blues' the title-track is a tribute to Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy, and is loosely based on the blues format, with some interesting deviations along the way.
'Mumbo Gumbo' is a drunken representation of a New Orleans funk band playing in 13/8 time, complete with cooking B3 solo, courtesy of the producer.
'You Can't Get There From Here' is a ballad about getting lost, and finding a new person along the way, featuring just piano and vocal.
'Joesgiving' is the centre point of the album and a tribute to the late Joe Zawinul. There are references to his musical themes, and a passing reference also to fellow Weather Report player, the late bassist Jaco Pastorius. The piece is itself a three-part suite, with blistering tenor sax solo from Richard Booth.
'The Lost Weekend' is a torch ballad about getting very drunk in a Parisian bar, sung by Rodney Ford against my electric piano accompaniment.
'Waltz For Erik' is a tribute to the French composer Erik Satie, who also inspired the title of this album with his 'Pear-Shaped Preludes' for piano. Richard Booth is playing flute and clarinet against my nylon-string guitar.
'Quasimodal Blues' is a largely improvised piano solo to which Rodney Ford has added multi-layered synthesizers, based upon the blues format but ending up as an exercise in Neo-Classicism.