With many young talents under his tutelage, Art Blakey has often been called the father of hard bop. David Referns/Redferns hide caption itoggle caption David Referns/Redferns Take Five: A Jazz Sampler A Hard Look At Hard Bop WESA-FM January 25, 2010 Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates elements of gospel, soul and R&B. One of the style's biggest supporters, Blue Note Records, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. And while jazz has progressed since then, hard bop is still heard in many modern jazz recordings. Hear five classics.