B's A-Plenty – Elmo Hope
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- Recording: Elmo Hope - Elmo Hope
- Recorded on: February 8, 1959
- Label: HiFi Jazz (J616)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Piano - Elmo Hope
- Bass - Jimmy Bond
- Drums - Frank Butler
For more details about Elmo Hope's recordings, check out the Elmo Hope Discography on Noal Cohen's Jazz History website.
June 27, 1923 – May 19, 1967
An imaginative pianist who valued subtlety over virtuosity in the landscape of bebop, Elmo Hope never achieved the fame that his close friends did, perhaps because he so rejected stylistic norms of the time. Elmo was a classically trained pianist with technique rivaling that of his childhood friend Bud Powell and a composer of music whose inventiveness and complexity approaches that of Thelonious Monk. In fact, Elmo, Thelonious and Bud used to hang out so much together in the late 1940s they became known as "The Three Musketeers." Powell, in Francis Paudras' book "Dance of the Infidels" is quoted as saying, "You gotta hear Elmo. He's fabulous. His stuff is very hard. He does some things that even I have trouble playing." Read more...