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The Dave Pike Set: Live at the Philharmonie

Read "Live at the Philharmonie" reviewed by John Kelman

While vibraphonist Gary Burton has garnered greater acclaim, it's hard to listen to The Dave Pike Set's Live at the Philharmonie--originally released on MPS in 1970 and finally making it to CD--and not draw some comparisons.

At the time of this 1969 Berlin recording, both vibraphonists were working with similar line-ups, including guitarists conversant in the jazz vernacular but also exploring other avenues including rock, folk and Indian music. Americans both (Pike was living in Germany, ...

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Dave Pike: Peligroso

Read "Peligroso" reviewed by Jim Santella

Melody maker Dave Pike digs deeply into every one of his projects. Totally absorbed by the rhythms and searing passion, he moves from vibraphone to marimba and back, directing his mallets as if they were marionettes skipping through the park. Centered on his instantly-familiar melodies, this “dangerous” album places Pike at center stage with Latin jazz moods and overlapping hot bop circles being created all around him.

Emerging in the late 1950s on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Pike moved ...


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