Dave Pike has been a consistent vibraphonist through the years without gaining much fame. He originally played drums and is self-taught on vibes. Pike moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1954 and played with Curtis Counce, Harold Land, Elmo Hope, Dexter Gordon, Carl Perkins, and Paul Bley, among others. After moving to New York in 1960 he put an amplifier on his vibes. Pike toured with Herbie Mann during 1961-1964, spent 1968-1973 in Germany (recording with the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland big band), and then resettled in Los Angeles, playing locally and recording for Timeless and Criss Cross. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released December 16, 1962 | Poppydisc
Three months after recording the excellent Bossa Nova Carnival, Dave Pike returned to the studio in December 1962 and recorded another fine LP that underscored his interest in world music. But instead of providing another Brazilian-oriented album, the vibist/marimba player opted to explore Caribbean rhythms and melodies. The term Caribbean music, of course, can describe many different things. It can refer to Latin forms like Cuban salsa, Dominican merengue, or Puerto Rican plena, but it can also describe the music that non-Spanish-speaking blacks have created in the Caribbean, such as calypso, soca, and mento (which was Jamaica's music of choice before ska and reggae came along). While Limbo Carnival does contain some Afro-Cuban influence -- one of the participants is salsa/Latin jazz legend Ray Barretto -- calypso is a stronger influence. An admirer of Sonny Rollins' jazz/calypso experiments, Pike shows his appreciation of the form on material that ranges from two songs Harry Belafonte had recorded ("Jamaica Farewell" and "Matilda, Matilda") to Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Charlie Parker's "My Little Suede Shoes." Meanwhile, both Afro-Cuban and calypso influences can be heard on an interesting version of "La Bamba," which is hardly a Caribbean song; "La Bamba" is a Mexican folk standard that became a rock & roll hit when Ritchie Valens (a Mexican-American from Los Angeles) recorded it in 1959. Pike, whose sidemen include guitarist Jimmy Raney, pianist Tommy Flanagan, and bassist George Duvivier, takes his share of chances on this vinyl LP, and they pay off handsomely. In 2000, Fantasy reissued Limbo Carnival and Bossa Nova Carnival back to back on a CD titled Carnavals. ~ Alex Henderson
Bossa Nova Carnival - Dave Pike Plays The Music Of Joao Donato With Clark Terry And Kenny Burrell (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1962)
Latin Jazz - Released January 4, 2013 | Brazilian Classics
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