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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9 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
Miles Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz rap, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk

3
13 1
Lee Morgan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

4
20 3
Horace Silver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

5
7 0
Thelonious Monk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Stride, Cool jazz, Hard bop

6
18 4
Art Blakey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

7
6 0
McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Third stream, Hard bop, Post-bop

8
10 1
Freddie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

9
11 2
Cannonball Adderley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

10
10 3
Clifford Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

11
11 4
Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

12
8 2
Elvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

13
9 4
Bill Evans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Cool jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

14
7 2
Jackie McLean is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

15
5 0
Sonny Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz

16
5 0
Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

17
6 1
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

18
7 2
Bobby Timmons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Soul jazz

19
10 5
Andrew Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

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8 4
Art Pepper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

21
6 2
Booker Ervin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop

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5 1
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

23
5 1
Cedar Walton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz-funk, Hard bop

24
5 1
Booker Little is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

25
4 0
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

26
4 0
Lou Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

27
4 0
Tina Brooks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop

28
4 0
Wayne Shorter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Crossover jazz, Third stream, Hard bop

29
4 0
Harold Land is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Bebop

30
6 3
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

31
5 2
Barry Harris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Bebop

32
4 1
Hampton Hawes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

33
4 1
Curtis Fuller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

34
4 1
Stanley Turrentine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz blues, Bebop

35
4 1
Philly Joe Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Cool jazz, Hard bop, Jazz

36
3 0
Jimmy Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

37
3 0
Rahsaan Roland Kirk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

38
3 0
Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

39
3 0
Nat Adderley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Soul jazz

40
3 0
Woody Shaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Hard bop, Post-bop

41
6 4
Blue Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Jazz, Soul jazz

42
6 4
J. J. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Third stream, Hard bop, Jazz

43
6 4
Benny Golson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Bebop

44
4 2
Alan Barnes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Bebop

45
4 2
Alex Riel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Rock music, Hard bop, Jazz

46
3 1
Duke Pearson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Sophisti-pop, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

47
3 1
Bob Berg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Hard bop, Post-bop

48
3 1
Cecil Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands

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3 1
Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Doo-wop, Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz

50
3 1
Chico Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hard Bop Bands
Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Boogaloo