Thelma's Heart – Bill Pierce
A rich and memorable composition made particularly enticing by its intricate harmony.
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- Recording: Billy Pierce - One For Chuck
- Recorded on: April 6 and 7, 1991
- Label: Sunnyside (SSC 1053)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Tenor Sax - Billy Pierce
- Piano - Mulgrew Miller
- Bass - Ira Coleman
- Drums - Alan Dawson
Our audio excerpt starts with the introduction, a repeating two-bar rhythm section medium groove pattern that sets up and continues under the A sections of the melody (the melody form becomes an interesting 37-measure ABAC format).
Pierce wrote this song for his wife Thelma.
If you like this song, be sure to also check out Chuck's Groove which was recorded at the same session and also released on "One For Chuck."
born on September 25, 1948
Bill Pierce is known in the jazz world for both his innovative hard bop playing and his distinguished career as an educator. He hails from a musical family in Florida, with parents both educators who emphasized the value of music; he took up the saxophone early. Read more...