When vibist Dave Pike recorded the 1962 LPs paired on this disc, U.S. jazz was being revitalized by the new wave of Brazil’s bossa nova, while on the pop side, dance fever raged on. Kicked off in 1960-61 by Chubby Checker’s global mega-smash, "The Twist," there followed a series of dance hits including Checker’s "Limbo Rock," which is covered herein. At the time of these two lively, tuneful albums, Pike (b. 1938) was employed by the popular jazz flutist Herbie Mann, whose repertoire successfully drew on both Latin music (like bossa nova) and some dance hits. It was no surprise, then, that the vibist was thoroughly conversant in the sounds of Carnavals. Joined by such stellar jazz players as flugelhornist Clark Terry, guitarists Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Raney, and reedman Leo Wright, Pike introduced the sublime melodies of Brazilian composer João Donato, and gave various Caribbean and Mexican folk songs a fresh twist, so to speak.
with Ray Barretto, Kenny Burrell, Rudy Collins, William Correo, George Duvivier, Tommy Flanagan, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Jose Paulo, Jimmy Raney, Clark Terry, Chris White, Leo Wright