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Informal Jazz


Informal Jazz

Informal Jazz
Studio album by Elmo Hope
Released 1956
Recorded Recorded May 7, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige Records
Producer Bob Weinstock
Elmo Hope chronology
Hope Meets Foster
Informal Jazz
Trio and Quintet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]

Informal Jazz is an album by jazz musician Elmo Hope, released in 1956 on Prestige Records, catalogue 7043. It has been reissued in 1969 as Two Tenors under the billing of Hope's sidemen for the session, John Coltrane and Hank Mobley.


  • Reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • References 4


In his in-depth review for Allmusic, critic Eugene Chadbourne praises each musician's performance individually and by track and comments on the album as a whole: "If this particular session hasn't assumed the legend of a jazz classic, it's because, on the whole, some little spark seems to be missing. If this element could be defined easily, and put into words quickly and efficiently, then record producers and musicians would know exactly how to create the perfect jam session record. The people involved in this record know much more about such a science then[sic] the average musician and record producer. These are musicians very far down the road from being average, all of this underscoring the difficulty of creating a spontaneous recording session at which moments of improvisational genius are expected to pop up."[1]

Track listing

  1. "Weeja" (Elmo Hope) — 11:00
  2. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) — 8:31
  3. "On It" (Elmo Hope) — 8:58
  4. "Avalon" (Al Jolson, Buddy DeSylva, Vincent Rose) — 9:37



  1. ^ a b Chadbourne, Eugene. > Review"Informal Jazz".  
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