Elmo Hope : Informal Jazz

Elmo Hope : Informal Jazz


Elmo Hope (piano), John Coltrane, Hank Mobley (tenor sax), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe Jones (drums)

Prestige 7043

Analogue Productions : LP 200 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Weeja
A2 - Polka Dots and Moonbeams
B1 - On It
B2 - Avalon

Recorded on May 7, 1956, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey.

A top pianist and composer who emerged during the bop era, Elmo Hope (1923-1967) never gained the acclaim of his contemporaries Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk but he had a strong talent of his own. His brilliant piano playing can be heard on Sonny Rollins' album, Moving Out.

Informal Jazz is a good example of how far Elmo Hope had fallen from the public's consciousness. The album was released in 1956 by Prestige and his sidemen at the time were John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Donald Byrd, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers, who was a mere 21 years old. The brilliant album was far from being a best-seller. In order to increase sales, Prestige reissued the album in the late '60s with credit going to Coltrane and Mobley instead of Hope who was the actual leader of the session. They named the reissue "Two Tenors".

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige mono reissues from Analogue Productions, 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at state-of -the-art plant Quality Record Pressings and plated by Gary Salstrom. Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock.