The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

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Fusing genres like funk, soul, disco and hip hop with jazz, acid jazz has become a genre that's closely associated with club music. Acid jazz first emerged in the UK during the 1980s and became a popular subgenre of club music during the 1990s. Using jazz music more than any other dance music genre, the best acid jazz artists used danceable grooves and samples from earlier jazz albums to create a sound that had people shaking their hips in clubs. Though the genre spread for a bit, acid jazz ultimately fizzled out and nowadays, the best acid jazz artists are often regarded as jazz rap or neo jazz, but not acid jazz. 

However, that doesn't mean that acid jazz can't be celebrated. That said, what are the best acid jazz artists? No list of acid jazz artists would be complete without the likes of Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Incognito and Us3 to name a few. These artists had the biggest impact on acid jazz and helped bring it to a wider audience. 

Ultimately, acid jazz fan, it's up to you vote for your favorite artist. If you notice that someone is missing from this list, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list to how you see it to be fit. This list answers the questions "who are the best acid jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest acid jazz musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular acid jazz bands that you might've heard of. (30 items)
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    Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

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    Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

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    Jazz rap, Acid jazz, Soul jazz

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    added by Prova Records

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    Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

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    Nu jazz, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music

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    Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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    Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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    Jazz-funk, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Brooklyn Funk Essentials is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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    Acid jazz, Jazz

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    Acid jazz

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    Count Basic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

    Smooth jazz

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    Smooth jazz, Jazz

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    Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

    Acid jazz

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    Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

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    Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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    added by flavio-machicado
    Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Instrumental rock

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    D*Note is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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    Gilles Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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    Disco, Pop music, Electronic dance music

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    added by mag1965
    Nu jazz, Downtempo, Electronic music

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    new! & added by Rey Pettis
    Australian band that has made several excellent albums in the acid jazz genre.

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    Nu jazz, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Jerome Van Rossum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

    added by JeroenKruft

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    Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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    The Lounge Lizards is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

    added by incaroads
    Jazz, Punk jazz, Punk rock

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    added by flavio-machicado
    Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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    Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

    added by Piero Lombardo

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