10 February 2009

Recommended Readings and Discography

This list is just a starting off point, in alphabetical order by artist. On the recordings list, most of these musicians have many albums that can be considered hard bop, I've simply listed my favorites. If you want to purchase any of these items, please check out my Amazon.com store.

  • Cannonball Adderley: Somethin' Else and Mercy Mercy Mercy!
  • Art Blakey: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Moanin', and Roots and Herbs, though really any album he put out under the Jazz Messengers moniker qualifies for hard bop. Ditto for Horace Silver.
  • Clifford Brown and Max Roach: At Basin Street
  • Kenny Burrell: Midnight Blue
  • John Coltrane: Blue Train
  • Miles Davis: Cookin', Milestones, 'Round About Midnight, Walkin', and Workin'.
  • Art Farmer, Modern Art
  • Herbie Hancock: Takin' Off
  • Joe Henderson: Inner Urge and Our Thing
  • Charles Mingus: Blues & Roots, The Clown, Mingus Dynasty
  • Hank Mobley: Soul Station and No Room For Squares
  • Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
  • Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder
  • Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, Way Out West
  • Horace Silver: Blowin’ the Blues Away and Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers
  • Jimmy Smith: Home Cookin' and The Sermon!

  • Scott DeVeaux: The Birth of Bebop
  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler: The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz
  • Ted Gioia: West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California 1945-1960
  • LeRoi Jones: Blues People: Negro Music in White America
  • Robert G. O’Meally, ed.: The Jazz Cadence of American Culture
  • Burton Peretti: Jazz in American Culture
  • Eric Porter: What is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians As Artists, Critics, and Activists
  • David H. Rosenthal: Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965
  • Scott Saul: Freedom Is, Freedom Ain’t: Jazz and the Making of the Sixties
  • Arthut Taylor: Notes and Tones: Musician-to-Musician Interviews
  • Martin Williams, ed.: The Art of Jazz

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