Complete Studio Recordings: The Master Tapes

Complete Studio Recordings: The Master Tapes

by Elmo Hope
     
 

Pianist and composer Elmo Hope's music might best be compared with that of Herbie Nichols. Both men shared some of Bud Powell's intensity, Thelonious Monk's inventive whimsy and, at times, hints of young Cecil Taylor's realistic approach to the impossible. Over the years, both Nichols and Hope have achieved…  See more details below

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Pianist and composer Elmo Hope's music might best be compared with that of Herbie Nichols. Both men shared some of Bud Powell's intensity, Thelonious Monk's inventive whimsy and, at times, hints of young Cecil Taylor's realistic approach to the impossible. Over the years, both Nichols and Hope have achieved posthumous respect from an international jazz community which is itself marginalized. While Herbie Nichols could be said to have been ignored to death, Elmo Hope's life and work were grievously complicated and ultimately extinguished (in 1967 at the age of 44) by the same narcotic plague that afflicted so many of his contemporaries. Because Hope's music has never been adequately recognized or appreciated, the 2007 release of Gambit's anthologized Complete Studio Recordings of the Elmo Hope Trio (1953-1966) is a glorious and unprecedented achievement. Born in 1923, St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was the son of West Indian immigrants who settled in New York. He grew up with Bud Powell, studying J.S. Bach and dreaming of new concepts in modern music. Hope's first recordings were with trumpeter Joe Morris, whose little R&B band boasted such innovative young minds as Johnny Griffin, Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones. When in 1953 Alfred Lion gave Hope his first opportunity to record as a leader, he chose Heath and Jones to catalyze the eight tracks issued on New Faces, New Sounds. Other albums reissued here entirely or in part are Meditations, Elmo Hope Trio, Homecoming!, Sounds from Rikers Island (later reissued as Hope from Rikers Island); Here's Hope, High Hope and The Final Sessions. As his career progressed, Hope was able to record with a series of excellent bassists: John Ore, famous for his work with Monk; Jimmy Bond, a sideman for Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald; the mighty Curtis Counce; Sun Ra's Ronnie Boykins, Blue Note sessionman Butch Warren and Coltrane's close collaborator Paul Chambers. While various skillful drummers pop up throughout this compilation (Willie Jones, Frank Butler, Clifford Jarvis and Granville T. Hogan), Philly Joe Jones was Elmo Hope's preferred percussionist from his first trio recording date through to the very last. Even as some of his music rippled with the restless energy of Herbie Nichols, Hope also made a point of composing and performing ritualistic reveries of profound and breathtaking slowness, sometimes drifting into a trance-like space where the listener may follow in order to contemplate the mysteries of life and death, of creativity and collective improvisation. Like Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope imprinted everything he wrote and played with an indelibly personalized, harmonically advanced language. This is an unprecedented opportunity to learn that language intimately, as never before has anyone bothered to compile this much Hope in one comprehensive edition.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Gambit Spain
UPC:
8436028692620
catalogNumber:
69262

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Happy Hour
  2. Freffie
  3. Carving the Rock
  4. Hot Sauce
  5. Mo Is On
  6. Stars Over Marakesh
  7. I Remember You
  8. It's a Lovely Day Today
  9. Sweet and Lovely
  10. All the Things You Are
  11. Ghost of a Chance
  12. Falling in Love with Love
  13. Quit It
  14. Huh!
  15. My Heart Stood Still
  16. It's a Lovely Day Today
  17. I'm in the Mood for Love
  18. Lucky Strike
  19. Blue Mo
  20. Elmo's Fire (Homecoming)
  21. The Countdown
  22. Eejah

Disc 2

  1. B's A-Plenty
  2. Barfly
  3. Boa
  4. Something for Kenny
  5. Like Someone in Love
  6. Minor Bertha
  7. Tranquility
  8. La Berthe
  9. Homecoming
  10. One Mo' Blues
  11. Imagination
  12. Kevin
  13. Three Silver Quarters
  14. Hot Sauce
  15. When the Groove Is Low

Disc 3

  1. Freffie
  2. De Dah
  3. Abdullah
  4. Stars Over Marakesh
  5. Chips
  6. Moe's Bluff
  7. Happy Hour
  8. Mo Is On
  9. Maybe So
  10. Crazy
  11. Toothsome Threesome
  12. Low Tide
  13. Bird's View
  14. Something for Kenny
  15. VI-Ann

Disc 4

  1. Somebody Loves Me
  2. Grammy
  3. A Kiss for My Love
  4. Roll On
  5. Punch That
  6. I Love You
  7. A Night in Tunisia
  8. Stellations
  9. Pam
  10. Elmo's Blues

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elmo Hope   Primary Artist,Piano
Frank Butler   Drums
Curtis Counce   Bass
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Butch Warren   Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Ronnie Boykins   Bass
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
John Ore   Bass
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Willie Jones   Drums
Granville T. Hogan   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Leonard Feather   Liner Notes
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Elmo Hope   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Frank Paparelli   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ray Avery   Cover Photo
Harry Tobias   Composer

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