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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Dave Pike - It's Time for Dave Pike

Riverside RLP 360 (mono)(USA), released in 1961.

Having been brought to Riverside's attention a few months after his arrival in New York by Detroit pianist Barry Harris (who also plays in the quartet on this album, then 23-year-old vibist Dave Pike (also from Detroit) shows here why he was so admired by his peers. With a rhythm section comprising Harris, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Billy Higgins, he essays three bop standards by Miles Davis ("Solar"), Tadd Dameron ("Hot House") and Charlie Parker ("Cheryl"). Also getting the Pike treatment are two of his own originals ("It's Time" and "Forward"), as well as a tune associated with Davis, "On Green Dolphin Street", an unaccompanied vibes solo rendition of "Little Girl Blue", and a blues line contributed by his friend, trumpeter Don Cherry, "Tendin' To Business". So, a well-rounded programme which epitomizes the Riverside '60's sound. The low asking price is due to the fact that there is graffitti (my name) on the back cover.

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