David Pierce has a novelist’s bearing when he composes. You know how the master’s of fiction are at their best when they adhere to that rubric of “show, don’t tell?” Well, Pierce makes music that illustrates and expresses, sounds that sway the heart and switch on the imagination. It’s a rare treat to encounter a composer, like David, who challenges musicians while delighting an audience!

- Cindy Breeding / Denton Record Chronicle
Jan 26, 2009

Ricki Derek Swings His Way

...but would you expect The Cure’s “Why Can’t I Be You?” Or how about “I Melt With You” by Modern English? And surely not the Duran Duran hit “Rio.” (As Derek joked with the crowd, “Watch out for the upcoming all Flock of Seagulls album.”) Yet all those songs made it onto the album after undergoing the same type of swing transformation that Paul Anka put on “Black Hole Sun” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for his Rock Swings album in 2005. Much of the credit for the reinvention of those 1980s hits should go to David Pierce, who arranged the music for the album and plays trombone in Derek’s band. North Texas has its share of cover and tribute bands, and oftentimes the goal of those bands is to replicate a song as the audience is used to hearing it. No complaint here – most of the time that’s what the audience came to hear. But it’s also nice a well-worn tune is given a fresh look. Even the classics can afford to have some new life breathed into them on occasion.