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The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists 

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Updated July 23, 2019 2.5k votes 984 voters 142.6k views 34 items

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. (34 items)
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Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Incognito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Brand New Heavies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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James Taylor Quartet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Jazzanova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Corduroy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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St. Germain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Brooklyn Funk Essentials... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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US3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Count Basic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Snarky Puppy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Liquid Soul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Medeski Martin & Woo... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Kruder & Dorfmeister... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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D*Note is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Outside is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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The Lounge Lizards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
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Erik Truffaz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists