Hard Bop (album)

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Hard Bop
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Studio album by The Jazz Messengers
Released 1957
Recorded December 12 & 13, 1956
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
CL 1040
Producer Alan Douglas
The Jazz Messengers chronology
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Hard Bop is an album by drummer Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers recorded in 1956 and originally released on the Columbia label.[1][2] It was an EP performed by the Jazz Messengers and usually recorded in CBS Street Studio.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars calling it "an excellent hard bop set".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cranky Spanky" (Bill Hardman) - 4:45
  2. "Stella by Starlight" (Ned Washington, Victor Young) - 8:50
  3. "My Heart Stood Still" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) - 5:33
  4. "Little Melonae" (Jackie McLean) - 8:20
  5. "Stanley's Stiff Chicken" (Hardman, McLean) - 9:25



  1. ^ Art Blakey discography accessed June 4, 2013
  2. ^ Art Blakey chronology accessed June 4, 2013
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed June 4, 2013
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 26. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.