Elmo Hope and Bud Powell studied and practiced music together when they were growing up in New York. During a significant period of their development, they were all but inseparable. Each developed into a remarkable pianist. Later, the friendship became a trio when Hope and Powell spent days at a time with Thelonious Monk, the three sharing techniques and approaches to chords. Powell and Monk are honored as giants of jazz piano. By comparison, Hope is barely discussed, but he is considered by many serious students of the music to have been as great a musician as his friends. In this unusual solo album, Hope demonstrates his mastery of the instrument, the jazz tradition, and the rich possibilities in chords. On three pieces, he is joined by his wife Bertha at a second piano.