Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dave Pike - Carnavals

Dave Pike isn't one of jazz's more famous vibists — he never became as well known as Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Cal Tjader, Bobby Hutcherson, or Roy Ayers. Nonetheless, Pike is a talented, flexible player who has provided some memorable albums here and there. Two of them are Bossa Nova Carnival and Limbo Carnival, both of which were recorded in 1962 for New Jazz. In 2000, Fantasy reissued the albums back to back on the Prestige CD Carnavals. The sessions are equally appealing but quite different — while Bossa Nova Carnival is a caressing, sensuous collection of songs by Brazilian composer João Donato, the grittier Limbo Carnival has more of a Caribbean orientation. Afro-Cuban salsa is an influence on Limbo Carnival, but calypso is an even greater influence — and Pike, taking a hint from Sonny Rollins, combines jazz with calypso on Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Charlie Parker's "My Little Suede Shoes," as well as two songs that were hits for Harry Belafonte: "Matilda" and "Jamaica Farewell." On both dates, the vibist (who plays the marimba as a second instrument) is joined by some heavyweights — Bossa Nova Carnival features, among others, Clark Terry on flugelhorn and Kenny Burrell on guitar, while pianist Tommy Flanagan, guitarist Jimmy Raney, and percussionist Ray Barretto are among the sidemen on Limbo Carnival. If you only have a few Pike CDs in your collection, Carnavals should definitely be among them
Alex Henderson

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Dave Pike


1 Sambolero (Donato, Madrid)  4:43
2 Sono (Donato)  5:37
3 Serenade (Donato)  5:16
4 Carnaval Samba [Aka Carnaval] (Donato)  4:32
5 Philumba (Donato)  5:20
6 Melvalita (Donato)  4:05
7 Ginha (Donato)  3:57
8 Samsalito (Donato)  6:08
9 La Bamba (Valens)  7:46
10 My Little Suede Shoes (Parker)  3:39
11 Matilda (Span)  3:59
12 Mambo Bounce (Rollins)  3:15
13 Limbo Rock (Sheldon, Strange)  2:26
14 Calypso Blues (Cole, George)  3:49
15 Cattin' Latin (Poindexter)  4:47
16 St. Thomas (Rollins)  3:45
17 Jamaica Farewell (Burgess)  4:57

Dave Pike - vb & mar [# 5 & 6]
Clark Terry - flgh [# 2, 4, 5 & 7]
Kenny Burrell - g
José Paulo - cabasa, band
Chris White - b
Rudy Collins - dr
Recorded in New York City ; September 6 [# 2, 4, 5, 7] ; & September 7, 1962 [# 1, 3, 6 & 8]
Dave Pike - vb & mar
Leo Wright - fl, as [# 9, 11, 13 & 17 only]
Jimmy Raney - g [# 9, 11, 13 & 17 only]
Tommy Flanagan - p [# 10, 12 & 14-16 only]
George Duvivier - b [# 9, 11, 13 & 17 only]
Ahmed Abdul-Malik - b [other selections]
William Correo - dr
Ray Barretto - cg dr
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey ; December 12, 1962.


Len said...

Another fantastic album. Many many thanks

arshille said...

Thank You for sharing this incredible music -
Best Wishes from arshille

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon
This album is great.

Baron said...

Thanks M ... in the dark concerning this artist ... Baron

Newlyner said...

Many thanks for this great music :)

fcapeau said...

a good occurence to listen to this versatile musician. Many thanks, Mel

donaoldies said...

hello my friends, you can give me the pw dave pike - limbo carnival.thank you.

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; many thanks for reposting...

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Great music here! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel for another one that I've been looking for.

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