Minor Bertha – Elmo Hope

A percussive medium up swinger full of rhythm section hits and a challenging melody with interesting twists and turns. The Bass part is also available from Elmo's recording. It's ideal for our Rhythm Section Workshop series, which, with the aid of individual Minus You tracks, lets each rhythm section player master their part while they lock in with two experienced professional players.

Elmo Hope

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...

18 songs available.