Dave Pike

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Dave Pike
Birth nameDavid Samuel Pike
Born(1938-03-23)March 23, 1938
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedOctober 3, 2015(2015-10-03) (aged 77)
Del Mar, California, U.S.
GenresBrazilian jazz, Latin jazz, world
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vibraphone, marimba
LabelsTimeless, Criss Cross, Atlantic, MPS

David Samuel Pike (March 23, 1938 – October 3, 2015)[1] was an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player. He appeared on many albums by Nick Brignola, Paul Bley and Kenny Clarke, Bill Evans, and Herbie Mann. He also recorded extensively as leader, including a number of albums on MPS Records.


He learned drums at the age of eight and was self-taught on vibraphone.[2] Pike made his recording debut with the Paul Bley Quartet in 1958.[2] He began putting an amplifier on his vibes, when working with flautist Herbie Mann in the early-1960s.[3] By the late-1960s, Pike's music became more exploratory, contributing a unique voice and new contexts that pushed the envelope in times remembered for their exploratory nature.[citation needed] The Doors of Perception, released in 1970 for the Atlantic Records subsidiary Vortex Records, and produced by former boss Herbie Mann, explored ballads, modal territory, musique concrète, with free and lyrical improvisation, and included musicians including alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, bassist Chuck Israels and pianist Don Friedman.[4]

Pike moved to Europe and signed with MPS Records. With the collaboration of Volker Kriegel (guitar), J. A. Rettenbacher (acoustic and electric bass), and Peter Baumeister (drums), he formed the Dave Pike Set.[2] The group recorded six records from 1969-1972 that ran the gamut from funky grooves to free, textural territory.[citation needed] The group, though short-lived, created a unique identity and textural palette.[citation needed] Kriegel's compositional and instrumental (playing acoustic, classical, and electric guitar as well as sitar) contributions to the group helped set the Dave Pike Set's sound apart, organically incorporating influences from jazz, soul jazz, psychedelia, avant-garde music, and world music.[citation needed]

He died in Del Mar, California of emphysema, aged 77.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "Dave Pike, Vibraphonist, Dies at 77". Jazztimes.com. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 321/2. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dave Pike: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "The Doors of Perception - Dave Pike | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 31, 2021.

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