Mastered by Kevin Gray & Cut from the Original Mono 100% Analog Master Tapes!
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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.
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".
200g Vinyl LP
Limited Edition, Less Than 1000 Records per stamper, released in limited quantities
The Original 100% Analog Master Tapes were used working with only the Best Mastering Studios!
Mastered by Kevin Gray & Plated by Gary Salstrom
Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings on Virgin Vinyl
Meticulous Test Pressing Evaluation and Quality Control
Deluxe Packaging using the highest quality jackets and rice paper inner sleeves
Officially Licensed & Authorized for release by the Record Label
Elmo Hope, piano
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
John Coltrane, tenor sax
Paul Chambers, bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums
2. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
3. On It