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Greatest Hard Bop Jazz Musicians

Criteria: Hard-Bop is a style of jazz made by The Original Jazz Messengers, led by Art Blakey. It wasa mixture of Jazz-Gospel and Be-Bop. It is always put into small groups, and usually has 4-6 people. Some hard bop albums include "The Sidewinder", "Moanin", and "Blue Train".

Some popular musicians like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong, are not included on here because they weren't hard bop. Hard-Bop is considered the most exciting time period of jazz. (Plus: The Best Album To Showcase Their Talent)

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Last Updated: 2004-11-26
Greatest Hard Bop Jazz Musicians
Hard Bop Trumpet
Hard Bop Tenor Saxophone
  1. Clifford Brown
      (Study In Brown)
  2. Lee Morgan
      (The Sidewinder)
  3. Miles Davis
      (Kind of Blue)
  4. Freddie Hubbard
      (Open Sesame)
  5. Donald Byrd
      (Byrd in Flight)
  6. Wynton Marsalis
      (Black Codes from the Underground)
  7. Kenny Dorham
      (The Jazz Prophets)
  8. Blue Mitchell
      (Graffiti Blues)
  9. Art Farmer
      (Meet the Jazztet)
10. Tommy Turrentine
      (Tommy Turrentine)
  1. John Coltrane
      (A Love Supreme)
  2. Sonny Rollins
       (Saxophone Colossus)
  3. Wayne Shorter
      (Speak No Evil)
  4. Stanley Turrentine
  5. Dexter Gordon
  6. Joe Henderson
      (Page One)
  7. Hank Mobley
      (Soul Station)
  8. Benny Golson
      (Meet the Jazztet)
  9. Booker Ervin
10. Rahsaan Roland Kirk
      (Rip, Rig, and Panic)
Hard Bop Alto Saxophone
Hard Bop Trombone
  1. Cannonball Adderly
       (Somethin' Else)
  2. Eric Dolphy
       (Out to Lunch)
  3. Jackie McLean
       (Swing, Swang, Swingin')
  4. Sonny Stitt
       (Salt and Pepper)
  5. Lou Donaldson
       (Blues Walk)
  6. Sonny Criss
       (This is Criss!)
  7. Gigi Gryce
       (When Farmer Met Gryce)
  8. Ornette Coleman
       (Something Else!!!!)
  9. Jerome Richardson
       (Midnight Oil)
10. Lee Konitz
  1. JJ Johnson
      (The Eminent Vols. 1 and 2)
  2. Curtis Fuller
  3. Melba Liston
       (Melba Liston and her Bones)
  4. Frank Rosolino
       (Free for All)
  5. Jimmy Cleveland
       (Introducing Jimmy Cleveland)
  6. Willie Dennis
       (Four Trombones)
  7. Jimmy Knepper
       Jimmy Knepper (Debut Rarities Vol.1)
  8. Slide Hampton
  9. Kai Winding
       (Jay and Kai)
10. Steve Turre
       (Paying Homage to JJ Johnson)
Hard Bop Guitar
Hard Bop Piano
  1. Wes Montgomery
       (The Incredible Jazz Guitar)
  2. Joe Pass
  3. Grant Green
       (Idle Moments)
  4. Kenny Burrell
       (Midnight Blue)
  5. Herb Ellis
       (Nothin' but the Blues)
  6. Larry Coryell
       (Back Together Again)
  7. George Benson
       (The George Benson Cookbook)
  8. Jake Langely
       (Doug's Garage)
  9. Les Paul
       (Les Paul)
10. Russell Malone
  1. Thelonious Monk
       (Brilliant Corners)
  2. McCoy Tyner
       (The Real McCoy)
  3. Bud Powell
       (The Scene Changes)
  4. Horace Silver
       (Song for my Father)
  5. Herbie Hancock
       (Takin' Off)
  6. Kenny Drew
  7. Bobby Timmons
       (This Here is Bobby Timmons)
  8. Red Garland
       (All Kinds of Weather)
  9. Sonny Clark
       (Leapin' and Lopin')
10. Elmo Hope
       (Elmo Hope Trio and Quintet)
Hard Bop Hammond B-3 Organ
Hard Bop Vibes
  1. Jimmy Smith
       (Back at the Chicken Shack)
  2. Larry Young
  3. Lonnie Liston
  4. Charles Earland
       (Back Talk!)
  5. Shirley Scott
       (Hustlin' - Stanley Turrentine)
  6. Big John Patton
       (Let Em' Roll)
  7. Larry Goldings
       (Sweet Science)
  8. Joey Francesco
       (Ballads and Blues)
  9. Brother Jack McDuff
       (Down Home Style)
10. Jimmy McGriff
       (The Worm)
  1. Milt Jackson
  2. Lionel Hampton
       (Ring Dem' Vibes)
  3. Bobby Hutcherson
       (The Kicker)
  4. Cal Tjader
       (Several Shades of Jade)
  5. Teddy Charles
       (New Directions)
  6. Red Norvo
       (The Incomparable Mildred Bailey)
  7. Mike Mainieri
       (Smokin' in the Pit - Steps Ahead)
  8. Gary Burton
  9. Steve Nelson
       (Fuller Nelson)
10. Terry Pollard
       (Terry Pollard Quintet)
Hard Bop Bass
Hard Bop Drums
  1. Charles Mingus
       (Mingus Ah Um)
  2. Paul Chambers
       (Bass on Top)
  3. Ron Carter
  4. Ray Brown
       (Bam Bam Bam)
  5. Jimmie Garrison
       (A Love Supreme - John Coltrane)
  6. Jymie Merritt
       (Moanin' - Art Blakey)
  7. Percy Heath
       (Django - MJQ)
  8. Bob Cranshaw
       (The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan)
  9. Butch Warren
       (Go! - Dexter Gordon)
10. Doug Watkins
       (Watkins at Large)
  1. Art Blakey
  2. Max Roach
       (Percussion Bitter Sweet)
  3. Elvin Jones
       (Brother John)
  4. Kenny Clarke
       (Plays Andre Hodeir)
  5. Billy Higgins
       (Mr. Billy Higgins)
  6. Philly Joe Jones
       (Blues for Dracula)
  7. Art Taylor
       (Taylor's Wailers)
  8. Connie Kay
       (Easy Living)
  9. T.S. Monk
       (Take One)
10. Marvin "Smitty" Smith
       (Keeper of the Drums)
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