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St. Elmo Sylvester Hope (born June 27, 1923–died May 19, 1967) was an American jazz pianist, performing chiefly in the bop and hard bop genres. His highly individual piano-playing and, especially, his compositions have led a few enthusiasts and critics such as David Rosenthal to place him alongside his contemporaries Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk (one could also compare him to Herbie Nichols); but he remains still comparatively underrecognized.

He began his career with the Joe Morris band. From… read more

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  • No fan shouts in 4 years and then two in one week too!
  • Really great stuff, too under appreciated. Thanks /r/jazz for bringing me here.
  • Excellent pianist.
  • listen up
  • I don't know that he stands up to Monk, but I'll put him above Bud Powell any day.
  • Excellent bop. I know this theme under a different name, can't remember right now. Used to play it in a piano workshop.
  • No finer bop to be had. His trio work is devastating.

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