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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

RIP Dave Pike


Another one has left us. Dave Pike, an innovative vibes player, passed away on October 4 aged 77.
A prolific recording artist both as leader and with Herbie Mann, Paul Bley and Bill Evans (1 album) he worked in both America and Europe. He was credited with being the first player to amplify the vibraphone. 
Like so many vibists he began as a drummer playing pro at the age of 14. In a Down Beat interview he says that when he was 16 he was in a drum shop and whilst he was waiting, he began to fool around on a set of vibes. He responded to them immediately and knew at once that this was the instrument he'd been looking for.
His CD Jazz For The Jet Set (pictured) seemed to be a regular feature of Jazz North East's raffles back in the days of gigs at the Corner House or maybe I'm just imagining it.
Whatever, he was a fine contemporary vibes player who will be missed.
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Lance.

1 comment :

Tony Rose (On F/b) said...

Saw him in California in the 80 s nice man and great player. RIP

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