Dave Pike


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Musician, Vibraphonist

Dave Pike made an indelible mark on jazz vibraphones! As a percussive based player, Dave wanted to play with both rhythm and pitch and to explore melodies within Bebop riffs. He played with many of the legends of jazz and in doing so created music that would result in his own status as a jazz icon. While in Germany in the 1960s, he made use of Fuzz tones and synthesizers with the vibraphones that few had even thought of. As a result, his style became much imitated and was influential on fellow vibe players and non vibe players alike.