|Tags:||jazz saxophone rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
26 September 1926, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Tenor saxophonist Hope joined King Kolaxs band upon graduation before forming his own outfit with his sister and brothers and converting to the Muslim faith, which resulted in his changing his name to Al Hajji Abdullah Rascheed Ahmed and wearing either a fez or, more usually, a turban. Seeking a recording deal, he signed an invalid contract with Miracle in 1950 and, when no recording sessions resulted, went to Premium Records where he recorded his biggest hit, the standard Tenderly which was picked up by Chess Records. He recorded prolifically for Aladdin Records between 1951 and 1957 during which he continued his policy of bringing standards up to date with instrumental readings of September Song, Summertime, Shes Funny That Way and a re-recording of Tenderly among others. His straight, melodic saxophone playing was derided by the musically hip -...