20 April 2006
DAVE PIKE - MANHATTAN LATIN
A real lost chapter in the career of vibist Dave Pike -- an obscure one-off Latin session recorded for Decca in the mid 60s! The album was done in the years between Pike's first few early jazz sides and his later tripped-out sessions for MPS and Vortex and features Dave leading a groovy combo that has a really playful approach to the work. Players include trumpeter Dave Burns, flautist Hubert Laws, guitarist Atilla Zoller, and a young Chick Corea as well as Latin instrumentalists that include Willie Bobo, Patato Valdez, and Israel Cachao Lopez. The tunes include a number of really strong originals that push the format of such a set stretching past simple Latinized cover tunes, and displaying the ear for modal and global grooves that would mark some of Pike's best later years.