Bill Hardman

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William Franklin Hardman, Jr. (April 6, 1933, Cleveland, Ohio – December 5, 1990, Paris, France) was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist who chiefly played hard bop.

Career[edit]

Hardman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and worked with local players including Bobby Few and Bob Cunningham; while in high school he appeared with Tadd Dameron, and after graduation he joined Tiny Bradshaw's band. Hardman's first recording was with Jackie McLean in 1955; he later played with Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, and Lou Donaldson, and led a group with Junior Cook. Hardman also recorded as a leader: Saying Something on the Savoy label received critical acclaim in jazz circles,[citation needed] but was little known to the general public. He had three periods in as many decades with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers; Hardman's misfortune was not to be with the Messengers at the time of their popular Blue Note recordings. Blakey occasionally featured him playing several extended choruses unaccompanied.

Playing style and legacy[edit]

A crackling hard bop player with blazing technique, crisp articulations, and a no-frills sound, Hardman later incorporated into his sound the fuller, more extroverted romantic passion of a Clifford Brown - a direction he would take increasingly throughout the late-1960s and 1970s. He figures by and large among the top ranks of hardbop titans of the time,[citation needed] although he never managed a commercial breakthrough like many of his colleagues such as Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1961 - Saying Something (Savoy Records)
  • 1975 - Colors (Strata-East Records, with Brass Company)[1]
  • 1978 - Home (Muse Records)
  • 1989 - Focus (Muse)
  • 1981 - Politely (Muse)
  • 1989 - What's Up (Steeplechase) with Robin Eubanks, Junior Cook, Mickey Tucker

As sideman[edit]

With Dave Bailey

With Art Blakey

With Lou Donaldson

With Curtis Fuller

With Benny Golson

With Eddie Jefferson

  • Come Along with Me (OJC, 1969)

With Jackie McLean

With Charles Mingus

With Hank Mobley

With Houston Person

With Mickey Tucker

With Steve Turre

  • Viewpoints and Vibrations (Stash, 1987)

With Mal Waldron

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