Jazz 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. (34 items)
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Jamiroquai is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Alternative hip hop, Ballad

2
207 30
Incognito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Pop music

3
175 30
Brand New Heavies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz rap, Acid jazz, Soul jazz

4
69 18
Roy Ayers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Disco, Kozmigroov

5
53 15
Groove Collective is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Acid jazz, Jazz

6
52 15
James Taylor Quartet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

7
59 20
Jazzanova is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Chill-out music, Electronic dance music

8
47 14
Corduroy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Acid jazz

9
45 15
Ronny Jordan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Crossover jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

10
33 7
US3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap

11
39 14
Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Kozmigroov, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

12
39 14
Brooklyn Funk Essentials is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

13
32 10
Count Basic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz

14
28 9
St. Germain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
mag1965 added Nu jazz, Downtempo, Electronic music

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28 9
Mother Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Acid jazz

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30 11
Buscemi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Prova Records added

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23 11
Liquid Soul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Smooth jazz, Jazz

18
22 15
Snarky Puppy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
flavio-machicado added Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Instrumental rock

19
20 14
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

20
19 14
Kruder & Dorfmeister is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Downtempo, Lounge music, Trip hop

21
15 12
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
flavio-machicado added Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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12 10
D*Note is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

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10 10
Gilles Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists

24
8 8
Camera Soul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Piero Lombardo added

25
4 4
Outside is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
everell added

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2 2
The Big Hurt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
papadoesfunk added Ska, Acid jazz, Breakbeat

27
8 9
Erik Truffaz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Nu jazz, Acid jazz, Jazz fusion

28
4 5
Directions in Groove (dig) is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Rey Pettis added

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2 3
Soul Basement is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
mayanyc added Pop music, Folk music, Folk rock

30
10 12
Asha Puthli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Disco, Pop music, Electronic dance music

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8 11
Dream Warriors is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Alternative hip hop

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5 8
Jerome Van Rossum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
JeroenKruft added

33
5 8
Blowout Comb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
EricIde added

Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk

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6 10
The Lounge Lizards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acid Jazz Bands/Artists
incaroads added Jazz, Punk jazz, Punk rock