Dave Pike – Manhattan Latin (1964)

frontcover1Manhattan Latin (subtitled The Sensuous Rhythms of Spanish Harlem) is an album by American jazz vibraphonist Dave Pike which was recorded in 1964 for the Decca label. The album is among Chick Corea’s earliest recordings. (by wikipedia)

Manhattan Latin captures Dave Pike in flux between the straight-ahead approach of his earlier sessions and the psychedelic pop-jazz of his efforts for MPS: a playful yet methodical immersion into pure, sunkissed groove, its artful assimilation of global rhythms and textures anticipates the direction of Pike’s most memorable work. Recorded with an impressive lineup including flautist Hubert Laws, drummer Willie Bobo and then-unknown pianist Chick Corea, the album largely eschews familiar Latin standards in favor of Pike originals. What’s impressive is that the end result seems completely organic, living up to the album’s title in terms of both sophistication and flavor. Phenomenal cover, too.(by Jason Ankeny)

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Personnel:
Willie Bobo (drums)
Dave Burns (trumpet)
Ray Copeland (flugelhorn)
Dave Pike (vibraphone)
Carlos “Patato” Valdes (congas)
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Chick Corea (piano on 01. – 03., 05., 07. + 10.)
Don Friedman (piano on 05., 06. 08. + 09.)
Joseph Grimaldi (flute on 05., 06., 08. + 09.)
Hubert Laws (saxophone on 02., 03. 06. + 07.)
Israel “Cachao” Lopez (bass on 01. – 03., 05., 07. + 10.)
Jack Six (bass on 04., 06., 08. + 09.)
Bobby Thomas (percussion on 02., 03., 05. + 07.)
Attila Zoller (guitar on 04., 06., 08. + 09.

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Tracklist:
01. Baby (Pike) 2.49
02. Que Mal Es Querer (Rodríguez) 3.18
03. Not A Tear (Stevenson) 4.01
04. Mambo Dinero (Pike) 2.39
05. Montuno Orita (Pike) 3.23
06. Aphrodite (Pike) 3.16
07. La Playa (Pike) 3.06
08. Latin Blues (Pike) 2.56
09. South Sea (Stevenson) 2.38
10. Sandunga (Pike) 2.41
11. Dream Garden (Pike) 3.25
12. Vikki (Pike) 5.26

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