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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Music a gogo : The Dave Pike Set

Dave Pike has led one hell of a life entrenched in the jazz music business. He emerged in the late 50's and quickly established himself as an original voice on the vibraphone, recording several classic albums with the likes of Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Paul Bley, Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry and others. He joined Herbie Mann's band in the early 60's and is featured on the classic Family of Mann on Atlantic. Pike later moved to Europe and in 1968 formed the Dave Pike Set, one of the most popular European jazz groups in Europe in the early 70's.Noisy Silence - Gentle Noise is the first of five LPs, which the Dave Pike Set released during the years of 1969 to 1971. This was an influential fusion album at the time and retains the flavour of the period.It was on this album that Pike conjured up “Mathar," a weird mix of psychedelic sitar and big beats that became a club favorite over the past few years and was even covered by Paul Weller.In 1964, Pike cut a record for Decca entitled Manhattan Latin. The record was released with little fanfare and modest sales. It quickly slipped through the cracks until the late 1980s, when collectors of Latin jazz and rare groove picked up on this recording and warmed to Dave Pike in general. Now many of Pike's recordings from the 1960s and onwards fetch top dollar on the collectors market.


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