Elmo Hope All-Star Sessions (With John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Jimmy Heath & Philly Joe Jones)
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- Released: May 13, 1997
- Label: Milestone
- 2.Polka Dots and Moonbeams
- 3.On It
- 5.A Kiss for My Love
- 6.Eyes So Beautiful as Yours
- 7.Moe, Jr. - (previously unreleased, Take 2)
- 8.One Mo' Blues
- 9.Berthe, La
Personnel: Elmo Hope (piano); John Coltrane, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Percy Heath, Paul Chambers (acoustic bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on May 7, 1956 and Bell Sound Studios, New York, New York on June 22 & 29, 1961. Includes liner notes by J.R. Taylor.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Elmo Hope (piano); Frank Foster, Hank Mobley, Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Philly Joe Jones (drums).
Liner Note Author: J.R. Taylor.
Recording information: Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (05/07/1956-06/29/1961); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (05/07/1956-06/29/1961).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donald Byrd; Hank Mobley; John Coltrane; Paul Chambers; Philly Joe Jones.
This single-CD reissues all of the music (except for a second take of "Moe, Jr.") formerly on a two-LP set having the same name and catalog number. Before that, the music originally came out on the Prestige album Informal Jazz and the Riverside release Homecoming. The often-overlooked pianist/composer Elmo Hope is heard in three different settings. He first heads a four-song jam session (two swinging originals and a couple of standards) that has lengthy solos from trumpeter Donald Byrd and the contrasting tenors John Coltrane and Hank Mobley, along with fine support from bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Jones. The 1961 dates consist of a sextet outing with trumpeter Blue Mitchell and the tenors of Jimmy Heath and Frank Foster, plus four numbers played with the trio from the album (which has bassist Percy Heath and drummer Philly Joe Jones). Other than a version of "Imagination," all of the selections from 1961 are Hope's intriguing and ultimately logical originals. Excellent music from an underrated great. ~ Scott Yanow
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