Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Elmo Hope Trio - Complete Studio Recordings

Pianist and composer Elmo Hope's music might best be compared with that of Herbie Nichols. Both men shared some of Bud Powell's intensity, Thelonious Monk's inventive whimsy and, at times, hints of young Cecil Taylor's realistic approach to the impossible. Over the years, both Nichols and Hope have achieved posthumous respect from an international jazz community which is itself marginalized. While Herbie Nichols could be said to have been ignored to death, Elmo Hope's life and work were grievously complicated and ultimately extinguished (in 1967 at the age of 44) by the same narcotic plague that afflicted so many of his contemporaries. Because Hope's music has never been adequately recognized or appreciated, the 2007 release of Gambit's anthologized Complete Studio Recordings of the Elmo Hope Trio (1953-1966) is a glorious and unprecedented achievement. Born in 1923, St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was the son of West Indian immigrants who settled in New York. He grew up with Bud Powell, studying J.S. Bach and dreaming of new concepts in modern music. Hope's first recordings were with trumpeter Joe Morris, whose little R&B band boasted such innovative young minds as Johnny Griffin, Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones. When in 1953 Alfred Lion gave Hope his first opportunity to record as a leader, he chose Heath and Jones to catalyze the eight tracks issued on New Faces, New Sounds. Other albums reissued here entirely or in part are Meditations, Elmo Hope Trio, Homecoming !, Sounds from Rikers Island (later reissued as Hope from Rikers Island); Here's Hope, High Hope and The Final Sessions. As his career progressed, Hope was able to record with a series of excellent bassists: John Ore, famous for his work with Monk; Jimmy Bond, a sideman for Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald; the mighty Curtis Counce; Sun Ra's Ronnie Boykins, Blue Note sessionman Butch Warren and Coltrane's close collaborator Paul Chambers. While various skillful drummers pop up throughout this compilation (Willie Jones, Frank Butler, Clifford Jarvis and Granville T. Hogan), Philly Joe Jones was Elmo Hope's preferred percussionist from his first trio recording date through to the very last. Even as some of his music rippled with the restless energy of Herbie Nichols, Hope also made a point of composing and performing ritualistic reveries of profound and breathtaking slowness, sometimes drifting into a trance-like space where the listener may follow in order to contemplate the mysteries of life and death, of creativity and collective improvisation. Like Herbie Nichols, Elmo Hope imprinted everything he wrote and played with an indelibly personalized, harmonically advanced language. This is an unprecedented opportunity to learn that language intimately, as never before has anyone bothered to compile this much Hope in one comprehensive edition.
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Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/complete-studio-recordings-the-master-tapes-r1021051/review

Elmo Hope
Complete Studio Recordings
The Master Tapes


Cd. 1

1 Happy Hour (Hope) 2:50
2 Freffie (Hope) 3:03
3 Carving the Rock (Hope, Rollins) 2:54
4 Hot Sauce (Hope) 3:51
5 Mo Is On (Hope) 2:48
6 Stars Over Marakesh (Hope) 3:03
7 I Remember You (Mercer, Schertzinger) 2:44
8 It's a Lovely Day Today (Berlin) 2:46
9 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, Tobias) 2:59
10 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein II, Hammerstein, Kern) 3:22
11 Ghost of a Chance (Crosby, Washington, Young) 4:55
12 Falling in Love with Love (Hart, Rodgers) 2:57
13 Quit It (Hope) 4:24
14 Huh! (Hope) 3:46
15 My Heart Stood Still (Hart, Rodgers) 3:22
16 It's a Lovely Day Today (Berlin) 3:39
17 I'm in the Mood for Love (Fields, McHugh) 4:25
18 Lucky Strike (Hope) 2:53
19 Blue Mo (Hope) 6:41
20 Elmo's Fire (Homecoming) (Hope) 2:41
21 The Countdown (Hope) 4:09
22 Eejah (Hope) 3:55


Cd. 2

1 B's A-Plenty (Hope) 5:44
2 Barfly (Hope) 6:14
3 Boa (Hope) 5:57
4 Something for Kenny (Hope) 6:25
5 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen) 7:28
6 Minor Bertha (Hope) 4:48
7 Tranquility (Hope) 3:01
8 La Berthe (Hope) 3:12
9 Homecoming (Hope) 5:11
10 One Mo' Blues (Hope) 6:45
11 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen) 6:46
12 Kevin (Hope) 4:14
13 Three Silver Quarters (Hope) 4:46
14 Hot Sauce (Hope) 3:36
15 When the Groove Is Low (Hope) 5:04


Cd. 3

1 Freffie (Hope) 3:39
2 De Dah (Hope) 4:28
3 Abdullah (Hope) 3:46
4 Stars Over Marakesh (Hope) 6:45
5 Chips (Hope) 4:58
6 Moe's Bluff (Hope) 4:21
7 Happy Hour (Hope) 4:05
8 Mo Is On (Hope) 4:31
9 Maybe So (Hope) 4:39
10 Crazy (Hope) 4:37
11 Toothsome Threesome (Hope) 8:52
12 Low Tide (Hope) 4:54
13 Bird's View (Hope) 6:35
14 Something for Kenny (Hope) 6:37
15 Vi-Ann (Hope) 6:39


Cd. 4

1 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald) 8:43
2 Grammy (Hope) 8:23
3 A Kiss for My Love (Hope) 8:02
4 Roll On (Hope) 5:49
5 Punch That (Hope) 9:40
6 I Love You (Porter) 10:48
7 A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie, Paparelli) 10:13
8 Stellations (Hope) 4:19
9 Pam (Hope) 2:43
10 Elmo's Blues (Hope) 10:41



[CD 1,# 1-9] from "New Faces, New Sounds" (1953)
Elmo Hope - p
Percy Heath - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; June 18, 1953.
[CD 1, # 10-20] from "Meditations" (1955)
Elmo Hope - p
John Ore - b
Willie Jones - dr
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, New York ; July 28, 1955.
[CD 1, # 21]
Elmo Hope - p
Curtis Counce - b
Frank Butler - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, April, 1958.
[CD 1,# 22 & CD 2, # 1-7] from "Elmo Hope Trio" (1959)
Elmo Hope - p
Percy Heath - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; February 8, 1959.
[CD 2, # 8-11] from "Homecoming" (1961)
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; June 29, 1961.
[CD 2, # 12-13] from "Sounds from Rikers Island" (1963)
Elmo Hope - p
Ronnie Boykins - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 19, 1963.
[CD 2,# 14-15 & CD 3, #1-4] from "Here's Hope" (1961)
Elmo Hope - p
Paul Chambers - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
Recorded in New York ; 1961.
[CD 3, #5-10] from "High Hope" (1961)
Elmo Hope - p
Paul Chambers & Butch Warren - b [# 8-10]
Philly Joe Jones [# 5-7] & Granville T. Hogan - dr [# 8-10]
Recorded in New York ; 1961.
[CD 3, # 11-15 & CD 4, #1-5] from "The Final Sessions" (1966)
Elmo Hope - p
Ronnie Boykins - b
Clifford Jarvis - dr
Recorded in New York ; May 9, 1966.
[CD 4, # 6-10] from "The Final Sessions" (1966)
Elmo Hope - p
John Ore - b
Philly Joe Jones - dr
Recorded in New York ; March 8, 1966.


greenishthing said...

wonderful wonderful!!!! thousand thanks!!

Otis Foster said...

Love Hope, esp. his writing. Thnx for this complete compendium of his studio work.


ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Took me a couple of days to get it but it was worth it.

Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for this wonderful collection.
Many tracks hard to find elsewhere.
I just can hardly wait to listen to them all.

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much!!

Kneigh said...

Many, many thanx for this great treat of Hope, Melanchthon!!

rubberduck said...

Stunning .

Thanks Mel

premo said...

Thank you, but when I try to use Unarchiver (on a Mac) it says the files are corrupted. Anyone else have this problem?

James A. Naismith said...


Melanchthon said...


reservatory said...

Premo - I too had lots of trouble with the corrupted files business. I'm on a Mac, and finally found something called Keka that unzipped everything without a problem. But I don't believe Keka works on PC....

reservatory said...

Oh and uh, forgot to thank the powers that be for this gem!

fcapeau said...

One more Historic sessions !!!A big thank you, Mel.

roberth said...

great stuff on your site.
this elmo hope is quite exciting.
i downloaded the first 3 cds fine.
the fourth however
downloads a file that is only 725 kbs. tried about 5 times.
can u re up cd4 that would be apprciated.

roberth said...

hey thanks for the elmo hope.
i waited a month and tried the link for cd4 and it worked fine this time. if you fixed it thanks.
if the universe fixed thanks.
i love also getting to hear ronnie boykins in a a trio.

Mike said...

As usual, amazing stuff! Gracias.

Benjamin Riley said...

Hello, Mel: Would you consider reposting these links on ZippyShare? Elmo Hope is such an underappreciated pianist, and I thank you for putting him on your blog. Best wishes, Benjamin

Benjamin Riley said...

hello--could you reup these files on ZippyShare? Thanks, Mel. Best wishes from Benjamin

sandor essedy said...

On Zippy or Fichier, a re-up will be appreciate. Thanks!!