|Tags:||jazz hard bop|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1990s|
St. Elmo Sylvestor Hope, 27 June 1923, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 May 1967, New York City, New York, USA. Influenced by Bud Powell, Hope was regarded by some as a mere imitator. However he did develop his own highly individual piano style, drawing on blues and soul for inspiration. Hope first worked with Joe Morris, touring with his orchestra from 1948-51. In the 50s he recorded several sessions as a leader, with trio and quintet sessions released on Blue Note Records. His playing could be just as effective in the context of hard bop with John Coltrane and Hank Mobley on All Star Session, or in his trio work with drummer Frank Butler. Other high profile work included sessions with Frank Foster, Lou Donaldson and Clifford Brown. Drug problems led to Hope relocating to Los Angeles in the late 50s. His later work included live dates with Lionel Hampton and Chet Baker, and recording sessions with Harold Land and the Curtis Counce Quintet. Hope...