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Although some history books claim that hard bop arose as a reaction to the softer sounds featured in cool jazz, it was actually an extension of bop that largely ignored West Coast jazz. The main differences between hard bop and bop are that the melodies tend to be simpler and often more "soulful," the rhythm section is usually looser with the bassist not as tightly confined to playing four-beats-to-the-bar as in bop, a gospel influence is felt in some of the music and quite often the saxophonists and pianists sound as if they were quite familiar with early rhythm and blues. Since the prime time period of hard bop (1955-70) was a decade later than bop, these differences were a logical evolution and one can think of hard bop as bop of the 50's and 60's. By the early '60s, the music had already splintered into a number of different styles, notably Modal Jazz, Post-Bop and Soul-Jazz. By the second half of the 1960's, the influence of the avant-garde was being felt and some of the more adventurous performances of the hard bop stylists (such as Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan) fell somewhere between the two styles. With the rise of fusion and the sale of Blue Note (hard bop's top label) in the late 1960's, the style fell upon hard times although it was revived to a certain extent in the 1980's. Much of the music performed by the so-called Young Lions during the latter decade (due to other influences altering their style) can be said to play Modern Mainstream although some groups (such as the Harper Brothers and T.S. Monk's Sextet) have kept the 1960's idiom alive.

(Scott Yanow)


Art Blakey - Au Club St. Germain

Listen to: Politely

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Morgan, Lee (tp); Golson, Benny (ts); Timmons, Bobby (p); Merritt, Jymie (b); Blakey, Art (dr)

Recorded: Dezember 1959

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hardbopa02Art Blakey - At Birdland

Listen to: Split Kick

Brown, Clifford (tp); Donaldson, Lou (as); Silver, Horace (p); Russell, Curly (b); Blakey, Art (dr)

Recorded: 21-02-1954

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Art Blakey - Free For All

Listen to: Free For All

Hubbard, Freddie (tp); Fuller, Curtis (tb); Shorter, Wayne (ts); Walton, Cedar (p); Workman, Reggie (b); Blakey, Art (dr)

Recorded: 10-02-1964

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hardbopa10Art Blakey - Mosaic

Listen to: Mosaic

Hubbard, Freddie (tp); Fuller, Curtis (tb); Shorter, Wayne (ts); Walton, Cedar (p); Merritt, Jymie (b); Blakey, Art (dr)

Recorded: 02-10-1961

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Sonny Rollins - Vilage Vanguard

Listen to: A Night In Tunisia

Rollins, Sonny (ts); Ware, Wilbur (b); Jones, Elvin (dr)

Recorded: 03-11-1957

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hardbopa04Horace Silver - Doin The Thing

Listen to: Filthy McNasty

Horace Silver Quintet: Mitchell, Blue (tp); Cook, Junior (ts); Silver, Horace (p); Taylor, Gene (b); Brooks, Roy (dr)

Recorded: 19/20 Mai 1961

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Horace Silver - And The Jazz Messengers

Listen to: Room 608

Dorham, Kenny (tp); Mobley, Hank (ts); Silver, Horace (p); Watkins, Doug (b); Blakey, Art (dr)

Recorded: 13-11-1954 & 06-02-1955

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hardbopa06Max Roach - Study In Brown

Listen to: George's Dilemma

Brown, Clifford (tp); Land, Harold (ts); Powell, Richie (p); Morrow, George (b); Roach, Max (dr)

Recorded: 24-02-1955

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Cannonball Adderley - In San Francisco

Listen to: This Here

Cannoball Adderley Quintet: Adderley, Cannonball (as); Adderley, Nat (co); Timmons, Bobby (p); Jones, Sam (b); Hayes, Louis (dr)

Recorded: 18/20 Oktober 1959

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hardbopa08Cannonball Adderley - Something Else

Listen to: Somethin' Else

Adderley, Cannonball (as); Davis, Miles (tp); Jones, Hank (p); Jones, Sam (b); Blakey, Art (dr)

Recorded: 09-03-1958

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Stanley Turrentine - Up At Mintons

Listen to: Later At Minton's

Turrentine, Stanley (ts); Green, Grant (g); Parlan, Horace (p); Tucker, George (b); Harewood, Al (dr)

Recorded: 23-02-1961

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