Music

The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists  

Reference
2.3k votes 921 voters 139.9k 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)
Ranker may collect a commission from links on this page.
list ordered by
1
Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad
2
Brand New Heavies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Acid jazz, Soul jazz
3
Incognito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music
4
Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov
5
James Taylor Quartet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion
6
Corduroy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Acid jazz
7
Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Acid jazz, Jazz
8
Jazzanova is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music
9
US3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap
10
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues
11
Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz
12
Brooklyn Funk Essentials is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
13
St. Germain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
mag1965 added Nu jazz, Downtempo, Electronic music
14
Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Acid jazz
15
Count Basic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz
16
Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Prova Records added
17
Snarky Puppy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
flavio-machicado added Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Instrumental rock
18
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz
19
Liquid Soul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz
20
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
flavio-machicado added Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz
21
Kruder & Dorfmeister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop
22
Outside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
everell added
23
D*Note is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
24
Erik Truffaz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion
25
Gilles Peterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists