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Hard bop is a subgenre of that is an extension of (or "") music. Journalists and record companies began using the term in the mid-1950s to describe a new current within jazz which incorporated influences from , music, and , especially in saxophone and piano playing.

David H. Rosenthal contends in his book Hard Bop that the genre is, to a large degree, the natural creation of a generation of African-American musicians who… read more

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