Dave Pike: Mathar




Dave Pike Set


Masterpieces (MPS 5318482)

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Dave Pike (vibes, tambourine),

Volker Kriegel (sitar), Hans Rettenbacher (bass), Peter Baumeister (drums)


Composed by: Volker Kriegel


Recorded: Germany, January 1969


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Indian instrumentation and James Brown backbeats were all the rage back in the late sixties, but Eastern-tinged psychedelia and funk rarely crossed paths. It was during that time when Dave Pike Set's German guitarist Volker Kriegel got the idea to bash the two trends together under the banner of then-nascent jazz fusion. The experiment worked; Kreigel's exotic sitar combined with drummer Peter Baumeister's funky syncopations to create the rarest of rare grooves. At least one drum 'n' bass outfit has since remixed "Mathar," proclaiming it "the Original Indian vibes," but this is one vintage acid-jazz side that required no modern-day tinkering.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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