Billie & De De Pierce

Blues and Tonks from the Delta

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On Jan. 27, 1961, cornetist De De Pierce and pianist/singer Billie Pierce recorded 23 titles in a trio with drummer Albert Jiles. The charming Pierces, who performed blues, vintage melodies, and Dixieland with spirit, warmth, and sincerity, rarely sounded better than on this marathon session. Fourteen of the numbers (including three selections only previously available on a sampler) are included on this CD reissue. Highlights include "St. James Infirmary," "Milenberg Joys," "You Tell Me Your Dream," and "Billie's Gumbo Blues." The companion disc, Blues in the Classic Tradition, is also recommended, although this release, due to having 14 (as opposed to nine) numbers, gets the edge.

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