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)
GenresBrazilian jazz, Latin jazz, world
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVibraphone, marimba
LabelsTimeless, Criss Cross, Atlantic, MPS
Associated actsHerbie Mann

David Samuel Pike (March 23, 1938 – October 3, 2015) was a jazz vibraphone and marimba player. He appears 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 vibes. Pike made his recording debut with the Paul Bley Quartet in 1958. He began putting an amplifier on his vibes when working with flautist Herbie Mann in the early 1960s.[1] 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. 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 like alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, bassist Chuck Israels and pianist Don Friedman.

Pike's move 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. The group recorded six records from 1969-1972 that ran the gamut from funky grooves to free, textural territory. The group, though short-lived, created a unique identity and textural palette. 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.

He died in Del Mar of emphysema, aged 77.[2]


As leader (Albums)[edit]


Year Title UK Label Notes
1969 Mathar/I'm On My Way - MPS Records Re-release polled #39 on Triple J 1994 Hottest 100
1972 Soul Eggs/Raga Jeeva Swara - MPS Records Soul Eggs written by Volker Kriegel
1997 Mathar (Maxi Single) [3] 101 Outcaste Records Also features 3 mixes by Badmarsh

As sideman[edit]

With Paul Bley

With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With Herbie Mann

With Bill Evans

With the Jazz Couriers

  • Gene Norman Presents the Jazz Couriers (Whippet, 1958)


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dave Pike: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  2. ^ https://jazztimes.com/features/tributes-and-obituaries/dave-pike-vibraphonist-dies-at-77/
  3. ^ "The Dave Pike Set Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". www.musicvf.com. Retrieved August 13, 2020.

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