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Beginning In the late 1970s, straight ahead jazz was buried beneath the thumping onslaught of funk, disco, fusion, and R&B. Few of jazz's stalwarts, if they were recording at all, were producing material that bore any resemblance to their output of 10 - 15 years earlier. While there were a few exceptions, the essence of hard bop, was hardly ever heard. Then suddenly, around 1982 hard bop came back into vogue. Acoustic basses, pianos, and drum kits with brushes were matched up classic horn front lines and out of the blue, as if it was never dormant, mainstream jazz, notably hard bop was being played again by its masters along with a bevy of new talent, who were wearing diapers during original renaissance. In this hour, we celebrate Hard Bop II, or Hard Bop ReBop as it arose like a phoenix during the 1980s.
|Jimmy Smith||I'll Drink to That||Off The Top|
|Eddie Harris||Steps Up||Steps Up|
|Wynton Marsalis||Think of One||Think of One|
|Bobby Shew||A Chorus for Horace||Shewhorn|
|Stanley Turrentine||Other Side of Time||Straight Ahead|
|Bobby McFerrin||Moondance||Bobby McFerrin|
|Jeff Tyzik||Straight Ahead||Radiance|
|Branford Marsalis||Solstice||Scenes from the City|