Bands/Musicians The Best Hard Bop Bands  

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Hard bop artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good hard bop bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top hard bop bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Hard bop groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all hard bop bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest hard bop bands of all time, since the most famous hard bop artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best hard bop music.

You can click on the hard bop band names to see more information about that particular notable hard bop group. If they're near the top of the best hard bop artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top hard bop bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the hard bop band names themselves.

This is a list that includes artists like Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Make sure to upvote the best teams/people, because they deserve it. Make sure you always vote for stuff like Miles Davis or Max Roach if you like it.

All important, significant and iconic names in hard bop music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new hard bop bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of hard bop, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into hard bop music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good hard bop bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent hard bop bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best hard bop bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest hard bop musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular hard bop bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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16 0
John Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
2
8 0
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
3
8 0
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop
4
23 4
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
5
23 4
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop
6
7 0
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz
7
7 0
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
8
12 1
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz
9
16 2
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
10
11 1
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk
11
14 2
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz
12
10 1
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop
13
13 4
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz
14
8 1
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz
15
8 1
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues
16
10 3
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
17
7 1
Cedar Walton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz-funk, Hard bop
18
9 3
Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop
19
9 3
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
20
11 5
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop
21
11 6
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz
22
5 0
Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop
23
5 0
Milt Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban jazz
24
8 3
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop
25
8 3
Bobby Timmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Soul jazz