Hybrid Mono SACD in Mini LP Jacket!
Mastered By Kevin Gray From Original Mono Master Tapes!
Analogue Productions releases 25 of the most collectible, rarest jazz titles
ever in their Prestige Mono Series on Hybrid Mono SACD.
These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing
an authentic, "old school" look and feel: also referred to as "mini LP" jackets.
Overshadowed throughout his life by his friends Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk,
Elmo Hope was a talented pianist and composer in his own right. He recorded in
New York as a band leader (starting in 1953), and with greats Sonny Rollins, Lou
Donaldson, Clifford Brown and Jackie McLean. But the loss of his cabaret card
due to drug use made it 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; he died in May 1967.
Although the album is titled Informal Jazz, reality dictates that a good deal of
thought and care went into the recording session. The dynamic drum and bass team
of Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers is "hardly the kind of rhythm section
playing heard at a jam session, except possibly in heaven," All Music Guide
notes. And Hope's solo spots are the best part of the record — "It is a stretch
to imagine an 'informal' recording session where even material as complicated as
this is played." Lastly, some of the most well-known and influential horn
artists of the time make their presence known — tenor sax greats John Coltrane
and Hank Mobley, as well as trumpeter Donald Byrd.
Originally released in 1956.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Mono SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by Kevin Gray From Original Analog Tapes
• Mini "old style" gatefold jacket, aka Mini LP jacket
Elmo Hope, piano
Philly Joe Jones, drums
Paul Chambers, bass
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
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