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An excellent musician, who tried to follow various trends previously, and didn't appeal to my tastes as a result, has come back to his Roots Be/Hard Bop. Superb rhythm section - no wrong footing in sight. Again, pity about the distraction caused by his 'singing'? but by focussing on what he's playing, it can be 'tuned out' ! "Pikes Peak" featurers Bill Evans and is another album in a similar vein. Highly recommended !
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This groove swings21 Aug 2007
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Dave Pike is an excellent hard bop vibes player, the one who comes closest to following in the footsteps of Milt Jackson. On this CD he leans toward the standard bop repertoire (BIG FOOT, ORNITHOLOGY, CON ALMA, BIRK'S WORKS), which he performs to perfection. Cedar Walton is on piano (David Williams is on bass, Billy Higgins, drums) and his playing totally complements Pike's. One mannerism in Pike's playing, however, that I wish he could eliminate is his incessant "singing" along with his playing: it's a boring monotone that really intrudes on his playing. But this is Pike's most satisfying CD and should bring enjoyment to hard bop fans, especially those who love the vibes.