Bellarosa – Elmo Hope & Sonny Rollins
A great one from Elmo Hope and Sonny Rollins with many fun II-V shifts to solo over. Clifford Brown's trumpet solo is available in B-flat and C editions.
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- Recording: Lou Donaldson - Lou Donaldson 10-inch
- Recorded on: June 9, 1953
- Label: Blue Note (BN 5030)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Clifford Brown
- Alto Sax - Lou Donaldson
- Piano - Elmo Hope
- Bass - Percy Heath
- Drums - Philly Joe Jones
Pianist Benny Green recorded this title recently.
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...
born on September 7, 1930
Tenor saxophone legend Sonny Rollins is without question one of the most important and influential jazz musicians and composers in history. His enduring career has made him both a hallmark of the bebop and hardbop eras and a great contemporary player—and a forefront of every jazz movement in between. Miles Davis himself considered Newk (a nickname inspired by his resemblance to the Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Don Newcombe) to be the greatest tenor saxophonist of all time. Read more...