Dave Pike occupies a distinctive niche in modern jazz. A vibraharpist with an attack and sound like no other, he plays with a concentrated strength that makes his improvised lines all but take physical shape. He had his sonic qualities and his relentlessly rolling swing from the beginning of his professional career. The evidence is here in It's Time for Dave Pike, recorded when he was 22 years old. Pianist Barry Harris was one of Pike's most enthusiastic advocates after the young vibist appeared on the New York scene in the early 1960s. Harris leads the rhythm section supporting Pike, with the emerging stars Reggie Workman and Billy Higgins on bass and drums. Pike's energy and infectious rhythmic qualities are in full display on his appropriately named blues "Forward." His unaccompanied version of "Little Girl Blue" shows his gifts for melodic and harmonic invention.
with Barry Harris, Reggie Workman, Billy Higgins
Recorded in New York City; January 30 and February 9, 1961.