Monday, November 23, 2015

Elmo Hope All Star Sextet - On It

Donald Byrd - Trumpet
John Coltrane - Tenor Sax
Hank Mobley - Tenor Sax
Elmo Hope - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Philly Joe Jones - Drums

I've been concentrating on less known jazz masters who so often played with those who would become better known.  Elmo Hope is another good example of those who aren't as famous today. That could be because of his early death at 43 or maybe because his style of music isn't as overtly virtuosic as many of those who became better known.   Like Billie Holiday he was a drug addict who had his cabaret license pulled by the police.  But what lasts are the recordings.  He played with the best.

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