Recorded by ELMO HOPE on NIGHT WATCH
Uptown UPCD 27.39 / Recorded on September 19 & 21, 1990
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax
2nd part: Alto Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax
4th part: Trombone, Tenor Sax
5th part: Baritone Sax
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
A beautiful ballad feature for trombone or tenor sax (4th part). A rich harmonic texture supports the melody, which is passed to the trumpet (1st part). A 4-bar double-time Latin section adds another dimension to this "deep" ballad.
SOLOS: Lots of changes, but enough time for the sensitive soloist to take a unique trip.
Elmo Hope/Elmo Hope Trio (Fantasy OJC 477)
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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