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Elmo Hope

Overshadowed throughout his life by his friends Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Elmo Hope was a talented pianist and composer whose life was cut short by drugs. His first important gig was with Joe Morris' R&B band (1948-1951). He recorded in New York as a leader (starting in 1953) and with Sonny Rollins, Lou Donaldson, Clifford Brown, and Jackie McLean, but the loss of his cabaret card (due to his drug use) made it very difficult for him to make a living in New York. After touring with Chet Baker in 1957, Hope relocated to Los Angeles. He performed with Lionel Hampton in 1959, recorded with Harold Land and Curtis Counce, and returned to New York in 1961. A short prison sentence did little to help his drug problem and, although he sounds fine on his trio performances of 1966, he died a little over a year later. Elmo Hope's sessions as a leader were cut for Blue Note, Prestige, Pacific Jazz, Hi Fi Jazz, Riverside, Celebrity, Beacon, and Audio Fidelity; his last albums were initially released on Inner City. Hope was also a fine composer, although none of his songs became standards. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Trio And Quintet

1. It's A Lovely Day Today

2. Mo Is On

3. Sweet And Lovely

4. Happy Hour

5. Hot Sauce

6. Stars Over Marrakech

7. Freffie

8. Carvin' The Rock

9. I Remember You

10. Mo Is On (Alternate Take)

11. Crazy

12. Abdullah

13. Chips

14. Later For You

15. Low Tide

16. Maybe So

17. Crazy (Alternate Take)

18. So Nice

19. St. Elmo's Fire

20. Vaun Ex

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Track List: Meditations

1. It's A Lovely Day Today

2. All The Things You Are

3. Quit It

4. Lucky strike

5. I Don't Stand (A Ghost Of A Chance With You)

6. Huh

8. My Heart Stood Still

9. Elmo's Fire

10. I'm In The Mood For Love

11. Blue Mo

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Track List: Elmo Hope Trio

1. B's A-Plenty

2. Barfly

3. Eejah

4. Boa

5. Something For Kenny

6. Like Someone In Love

7. Minor Bertha

8. Tranquility

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Such a great pianist.
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..Not to mention the incredible oppression, violence and discriminati o n committed against black players in NY in those years!!! Practically everyone in the scene at the time was on drugs, running a hustle, and trying to stay alive!! I do not like the way this article is written..... H e is a beautiful pianist!!
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Is there any way that Pandora could develop a tool that would crawl through the comments and delete anything containing the words don't read this because it actually works?
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dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. but if you do not post this in two day you will die. now u have started dont stop. put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes and when done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen
dont read this because it actually works. u will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday. tommorrow will be the best day of your life.
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THE PIANIST AND COMPOSER, ELMO HOPE (1923-1967) WAS ONE OF THE MOST GIFTED AND ORIGINAL ARTISTS OF THE HARD BOP PERIOD. HOPE WAS A CLOSE CHILDHOOD FRIEND OF BUD POWELL AND THELONIOUS MONK AND FREQUENTLY INTERACTED WITH THESE JAZZ GIANTS IN THE 1940S WHEN THE BEBOP INNOVATIONS WERE BEING FORMULATED AND REFINED.
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The real shame is that puritanical America treats drug use as a criminal matter.
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It's really a shame not more was known about brain chemical imbalances back then; they can really contribute to drug dependency - to play the way he did reflects a gentle, sorrowful soul. "Sweet and Lovely" is just that...

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