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    Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 7:05am
I changed "Sound of Sonny" to hard bop. Calling it post bop was understandable because there is very little blues on there, but just the general directness of the music seemed closer to hard bop. Its another example of how more than one tag can fit.
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I appreciate your time and knowledge in this forum! The question of Hard Bop or Hardly Bop persists haha.

Here's an album that is in line with the original intent of this thread: Sound of Sonny // Sonny Rollins. That's an interesting album, but I don't know that I would have called it Post Bop myself. The unaccompanied track is off beat, but is it that far out there?
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Instinct is the best. I hear things by instinct first, and then try to figure out why later.
It does not take any knowledge of music theory to hear the difference between bop and post or hard bop, they just sound obviously different.
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That's very interesting, thank you for going through that for me. Didn't realize there was a tonal explanation for why old pop music sounds the way it does. Embarrassed

I took Music Theory I (for majors) in college, but I'm no expert. I try to keep up with chord progressions when they seem important but I'm more than happy to just listen passively haha. That said, I mainly try to rely on instinct when it comes to identifying interesting chords/harmonies/etc.
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I don't know how much music theory you know, but bebop uses 'functional' harmony based around the ii V7 I chord change. Its the same harmonic progressions we hear in classical music (Mozart, Haydn on up to Chopin) as well as sophisticated pop music of the pre-WW II era and a few years after that.
Hard bop is more modal, often based around minor blues chord changes.

In bebop the harmonies move and change faster, while in hard bop they are more apt to stay on chords where the harmony stays the same.
In other words a bop player is having to change the scales he is playing faster than the hard bop player.

Also, early bebop tends to use faster tempos than hard bop, but not always.

Its that functional harmony that makes bop sound 'old fashioned' to modern ears. Todays music, from metal to hip hop and almost everything else is based around the sound of minor blues, Chicago blues actually.
To that I would add that some bebop was based around minor blues changes as well.


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My understanding has been that bop and hard bop are somewhat like timestamps but isn't there a big musical difference?
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While we're at it, how does one differentiate between 'Bop' and 'Hard bop' and is 'Bebop' = 'Bop'?
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One thing to keep in mind, on a lot of albums, more than one tag could fit, but we have to settle on one, its not always an easy decision.
Some of these albums by the 'young lions' of the 90s up to recently are always right in between hard and post bop. I listened to some albums over and over trying to get a decision, its not easy sometimes.
Then there are those people like Coleman Hawkins who are right in between swing and bop, or Monk who is right in between bop and hard bop, etc.
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That of course doesn't make them post bop! I agree with your tags ultimately haha
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That all makes sense to me, I'm mainly responding to Giant Steps' famous chord changes and Favorite Things' spaciness. I don't know how much things like that come in to play. Coltrane's albums sound so ahead of everyone else in that time period
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I'd keep "Favorite Things" in hard bop too. Two of the songs are pure hard bop, the song "My Favorite Things" is in between hard and post bop, and then there is the ballad. Ballads can happen in any genre, and usually I don't use them to determine genre.
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I think "Giant Steps' should probably stay as hard bop, but let me look into "Favorite Things".
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True enough!! Here's a question: what Coltrane album was his first post bop release? You guys have his stuff listed as hard bop until A Love Supreme. Could one make a case for albums like Giant Steps or Favorite Things?
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Just looking at his face, I really don't know, but he looks like a racially mixed person. Either way, he is one hell of saxophone player.
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That's kinda what I thought but I never saw any information before. Where did you see that?
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Actually, I guess he is racially mixed.
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I guess that is Jackie, I always assumed Jackie was black.
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Oh wow, until this very moment I always just assumed it was him standing on a ship's mast or something. Upon closer examination... I'm not sure if that's him or not. And it looks like he's standing in front of some antennas?
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There isn't necessarily one correct tag for an album, I think post bop would be a legitimate tag for that album.
By the way, I don't get the cover for that album.
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Fair enough I think you're right. In my personal collection I have it tagged as post bop mostly cause of the packaging
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