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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. {#nodes}
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Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jamiroquai Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

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Incognito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Incognito Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

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Brand New Heavies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Brand New Heavies Jazz rap, Acid jazz, Soul jazz

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Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Roy Ayers Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

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James Taylor Quartet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
James Taylor Quartet Jazz-funk, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

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Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Groove Collective Acid jazz, Jazz

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Corduroy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Corduroy Acid jazz

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Jazzanova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazzanova Nu jazz, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music

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Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Ronny Jordan Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Donald Byrd Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

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Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Prova Records added Buscemi

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

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Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Mother Earth Acid jazz

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Liquid Soul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Liquid Soul Smooth jazz, Jazz

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US3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
US3 Hip hop music, Jazz rap

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Snarky Puppy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
flavio-machicado added Snarky Puppy Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Instrumental rock

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St. Germain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
mag1965 added St. Germain Nu jazz, Downtempo, Electronic music

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Kruder & Dorfmeister is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Kruder & Dorfmeister Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop

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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

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Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
flavio-machicado added Medeski Martin & Wood Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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Gilles Peterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

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D*Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

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Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Piero Lombardo added Camera Soul

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Soul Basement is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
mayanyc added Soul Basement Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Erik Truffaz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Erik Truffaz Nu jazz, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

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Asha Puthli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Asha Puthli Disco, Pop music, Electronic dance music

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Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Dream Warriors Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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Jerome Van Rossum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
JeroenKruft added Jerome Van Rossum

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Directions in Groove (dig) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Rey Pettis added Directions in Groove (dig) Australian band that has made several excellent albums in the acid jazz genre.

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Blowout Comb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
EricIde added Blowout Comb Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk

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The Lounge Lizards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
incaroads added The Lounge Lizards Jazz, Punk jazz, Punk rock