The Dave Pike Quartet – Pike’s Peak

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Pike’s Peak is the second album by American jazz vibraphonist Dave Pike which was recorded in 1961 for the Epic label.

“This Portrait LP was vibraphonist Dave Pike’s second recording as a leader. Pike is joined by bassist Herbie Lewis, drummer Walter Perkins, and most notably pianist Bill Evans. It was one of the pianist’s first sessions after the tragic death of his bassist, Scott LaFaro, and gives listeners a rare opportunity to hear Evans this late in his career as a sideman. The music is fairly spontaneous, consisting of two ballads, “Besame Mucho,” “Vierd Blues,” and Pike’s “Why Not” (inspired by Miles Davis’ “So What”). An excellent if generally overlooked straight-ahead set.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Why Not” (Dave Pike) – 6:51
“In a Sentimental Mood” (Duke Ellington) – 6:37
“Vierd Blues” (Miles Davis) – 6:02
“Bésame Mucho” (Consuelo Velázquez) – 6:57
“Wild Is the Wind” (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 9:33

Dave Pike – vibraphone
Bill Evans – piano
Herbie Lewis – bass
Walter Perkins – drums


Released: 1962
Recorded: November 1961
New York City
Length: 36:00
Label: Epic
LA 16025
Producer: Mike Berniker