Top Hard Bop Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
343
John Coltrane Giant Steps 1960
2
404
Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus 1957
3
558
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners 1957
4
634
Oliver Nelson The Blues and the Abstract Truth 1961
5
743
Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else 1958
6
750
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers [Moanin'] 1959
7
763
John Coltrane Blue Train 1958
8
862
Lee Morgan The Sidewinder 1964
9
892
Wes Montgomery The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery 1960
10
947
Horace Silver Song for My Father 1965
11
1139
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane 1961
12
1176
Sonny Rollins The Bridge 1962
13
1186
John Coltrane Coltrane "Live" at the Village Vanguard Modal Jazz 1962
14
1191
Miles Davis Milestones 1958
15
1216
Sonny Rollins Way Out West 1957
16
1268
Sonny Rollins A Night at the "Village Vanguard" 1958
17
1349
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Daahoud/Clifford Brown & Max Roach 1954
18
1415
Dexter Gordon Our Man in Paris 1963
19
1453
Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 1954
20
1483
Hank Mobley Soul Station 1960
21
1561
Miles Davis Round About Midnight 1957
22
1654
Dexter Gordon Go 1962
23
1678
Thelonious Monk Monk's Music 1958
24
1707
Herbie Hancock Takin' Off Modal Jazz, Post-Bop 1962
25
1722
Sonny Clark Cool Struttin' 1958
26
1842
Miles Davis Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet 1957
27
1846
Miles Davis Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet 1961
28
1917
Miles Davis Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet 1958
29
1921
Horace Silver Horace Silver Quintet (Vol. 1 & 2)/Horace Silver and The Jazz Messengers 1955
30
1954
Sonny Rollins Freedom Suite 1958
31
1987
Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles 1964
32
2055
Grant Green Idle Moments 1965
33
2134
Art Blakey Quintet A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 1954
34
2156
Ornette Coleman Something Else!!!! 1958
35
2194
Joe Henderson Page One 1963
36
2213
Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness 1956
37
2214
Wes Montgomery Full House: Recorded 'Live' at Tsubo - Berkeley, California 1962
38
2236
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Trio 1953
39
2328
Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery Smokin' at the Half Note 1965
40
2436
John Coltrane Coltrane Plays the Blues 1962
41
2489
Freddie Hubbard Hub-Tones 1962
42
2496
Wayne Shorter Adam's Apple Post-Bop 1967
43
2511
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane 1963
44
2580
John Coltrane Africa/Brass Modal Jazz, Post-Bop 1961
45
2597
Joe Henderson Inner Urge 1965
46
2600
Art Blakey Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk 1958
47
2619
Cannonball Adderley Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! - Live at 'The Club' Soul Jazz 1967
48
2620
Clifford Brown & Max Roach Study in Brown 1955
49
2641
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers A Night in Tunisia 1961
50
2759
Kenny Burrell Midnight Blue 1963
51
2827
Miles Davis Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet 1959
52
2833
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Himself 1957
53
2869
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Free for All 1965
54
2954
Thelonious Monk Monk's Dream 1963
55
2988
Booker Little Out Front 1961
56
2996
Bobby Timmons This Here Is Bobby Timmons Soul Jazz 1960

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Lee Morgan Cornbread 1967
Milt Jackson and Wes Montgomery Bags Meets Wes! 1962
Horace Silver Blowin' the Blues Away 1959
John Coltrane Soultrane/John Coltrane 2-LP 1958
Joe Henderson Mode for Joe 1966
Clifford Brown & Max Roach At Basin Street 1956
Art Blakey The Jazz Messengers 1956
Thelonious Monk Thelonious in Action: Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City 1958
Eric Dolphy Outward Bound 1960
Miles Davis In Person Friday Night at the Black Hawk, San Francisco Vol. 1 1961
Wynton Kelly Kelly Blue 1959
Phineas Newborn Jr. A World of Piano! 1961
John Coltrane Coltrane Jazz 1961
Thelonious Monk The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall 1959
Johnny Griffin A Blowin' Session 1957
Yusef Lateef Live at Pep's 1964
Hampton Hawes This Is Hampton Hawes: Vol. 2, The Trio 1956
Wynton Marsalis Live at Blues Alley 1988
Freddie Hubbard Ready for Freddie 1961
Freddie Hubbard Open Sesame 1960
Art Blakey Ugetsu/Thermo 1963
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 1956
Max Roach Max Roach + 4 1956
Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House 1958
Cannonball Adderley In San Francisco 1959
Art Blakey Mosaic 1961
Miles Davis & John Coltrane Live in Stockholm 1960 1985
John Coltrane Coltrane's Sound 1964
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown with Strings 1955
Tina Brooks True Blue 1960
Phil Woods Musique du Bois 1974
Sonny Rollins Newk's Time 1958
Miles Davis Miles Davis All Star Sextet/Walkin' 1955
John Coltrane Afro Blue Impressions 1977
Thelonious Monk Live at the It Club 1982
Freddie Hubbard Breaking Point! 1964
Kenny Dorham Round About Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia 1956
Grant Green Born to Be Blue Cool Jazz 1985
Blue Mitchell The Thing to Do 1964
Ike Quebec Blue and Sentimental 1961
Freddie Hubbard Goin' Up 1961
Sonny Rollins Work Time 1956
Art Farmer Farmer's Market 1958
Rahsaan Roland Kirk We Free Kings Post-Bop 1962
Thelonious Monk At the Blackhawk 1960
Tina Brooks Back to the Tracks 1985
Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall 2005
Jackie McLean Bluesnik 1961
Dexter Gordon Doin' Allright 1961
Grant Green Green Street 1961
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins 1957
Ornette Coleman Tomorrow Is the Question! 1959
Phineas Newborn Jr. The Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn Jr. 1963
Sam Rivers Fuchsia Swing Song 1965
Art Blakey At the Jazz Corner of the World Vol. 2 1959
Lee Morgan The Cooker 1958
Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds 1961