Maybe So – Elmo Hope
Like many of Elmo Hope's compositions, this medium swing has a melody that adeptly weaves and twirls through the changes. Lead sheets, second parts and concert condensed score available.
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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: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Freeman Lee
- Tenor Sax - Frank Foster
- Piano - Elmo Hope
- Bass - Percy Heath
- Drums - Art Blakey
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."
Video: After a rehearsal, Bertha Hope, Jerry Dodgion, and Putter Smith stayed in the jazzleadsheets.com studio to talk about the great Elmo Hope. Bertha was married to Elmo until his passing in 1967. She's an accomplished pianist herself, who studied with Richie Powell (Bud's brother) in Los Angeles. Jerry Dodgion, saxophonist, knew Elmo during the time they were both living in California. Putter Smith has been an in demand bass player in Los Angeles since he was a teenager. He played with Elmo for a six week residency in Los Angeles when he was 17 years old.
You can read about and listen to more of the music from this quintet session: see Chips, Later For You and Crazy.
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...