Recorded by SUPERBLUE on SUPERBLUE 2
Blue Note: CDP 7 92997 2 / Recorded April 24 & 25, 1989
Like OTB, Blue Note's Superblue recordings feature today's leading contemporary jazz figures.
1st part: Trumpet 1
2nd part: Trumpet 2, Alto Sax
3rd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
4th part: Tenor Sax, Trombone
5th part: Trombone, Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Five horns, minus the rhythm section, start this tricky Elmo Hope composition, which suddenly turns into a quick trade-off with the solo piano and then a full band statement of the rest of the head. Hope's unique compositional voice is highlighted by the shifting orchestrations and the frequent alternation between soloists (mostly piano in this case) and the full ensemble.
SOLOS: These solo changes take many common elements of jazz harmony and rearrange them in an uncommon way, creating a unique set of changes that encourage creativity and defy cliches.
Elmo Hope/Final Sessions (Evidence 22147)
ELMO HOPE (1923-1967). 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, Elmo Hope is only now beginning to achieve the recognition he deserves because of recent reissues of his albums and the efforts of his soulmate and muse, Bertha Hope, an excellent pianist and composer as well. Although his career was circumscribed by drug problems, he recorded several albums as a leader with sidemen including John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, Blue Mitchell, Frank Foster and Jimmy Heath. His compositions have been recorded by Clifford Brown (with whom he played), Art Blakey, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Lou Donaldson, Harold Land, T.S. Monk, Ralph Moore and others.
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