Later For You – Elmo Hope
A spirited tour de force that makes a fantastic technical workout. Based on the changes of All God's Chillun Got Rhythm.
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- Recording: Elmo Hope - Elmo Hope Trio and Quintet
- Recorded on: May 9, 1954
- Label: Blue Note (CDP 7 84438 2)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Freeman Lee
- Tenor Sax - Frank Foster
- Piano - Elmo Hope
- Bass - Percy Heath
- Drums - Art Blakey
On Elmo's recording, the melody was recorded by tenor and piano alone, except for the last four measures of the out chorus, when the trumpet enters.
Don Sickler: "For me, as a trumpet player, this head is a great technical etude (I play it down an octave from the written lead sheet). It goes out of the trumpet range only in the measure before D, so I play that measure (with pick up) up an octave as written. As a technical exercise, I like to read through the other versions. The E-flat lead sheet head thus becomes an etude for trumpet in the key of F, and the C treble clef lead sheet (again 8vb) is an etude in the key of A-flat."
Video: Bertha Hope, Jerry Dodgion, and Putter Smith talk about the great Elmo Hope.
Elmo Hope 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 they became known as "The Three Musketeers."
Bertha Hope was married to Elmo Hope until his passing in 1967. She is an accomplished pianist herself, who studied with Richie Powell (Bud's brother) in Los Angeles.
Jerry Dodgion, saxophonist, knew Elmo during the time that he was living in California.
Putter Smith has been an in demand bass player in Los Angeles since he was a teenager. He played with Elmo Hope for a six week residency in Los Angeles when he was 17 years old.
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...