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Funk jazz is a sub-genre of jazz fusion and is basically the blending of funk rhythms with jazz improvisation. Some classic funk jazz artists include The JBs, The Meters, The Brecker Brothers and Soulive. At JMA, additional funk jazz music can be found in the Fusion, Funk, Soul Jazz and Acid Jazz genres.

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HERBIE HANCOCK Flood Album Cover Flood
HERBIE HANCOCK
4.76 | 8 ratings
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HERBIE HANCOCK Head Hunters Album Cover Head Hunters
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4.52 | 44 ratings
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HERBIE HANCOCK Thrust Album Cover Thrust
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4.53 | 25 ratings
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THE METERS Look-Ka Py Py Album Cover Look-Ka Py Py
THE METERS
5.00 | 3 ratings
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JOE FARRELL Canned Funk Album Cover Canned Funk
JOE FARRELL
4.91 | 3 ratings
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THE BLACKBYRDS The Blackbyrds Album Cover The Blackbyrds
THE BLACKBYRDS
4.86 | 3 ratings
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THE BLACKBYRDS City Life Album Cover City Life
THE BLACKBYRDS
4.84 | 3 ratings
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HERBIE HANCOCK Man-Child Album Cover Man-Child
HERBIE HANCOCK
4.40 | 17 ratings
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HERBIE HANCOCK Fat Albert Rotunda Album Cover Fat Albert Rotunda
HERBIE HANCOCK
4.37 | 11 ratings
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DONALD BYRD Black Byrd Album Cover Black Byrd
DONALD BYRD
4.41 | 4 ratings
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GABOR SZABO Macho Album Cover Macho
GABOR SZABO
4.46 | 3 ratings
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ALPHONSE MOUZON In Search of a Dream Album Cover In Search of a Dream
ALPHONSE MOUZON
4.43 | 3 ratings
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DONALD BYRD Street Lady

Album · 1973 · Funk Jazz
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This record is a lot of fun; it's extremely listenable for the first few plays and its undeniably catchy at many times. However, after the first few euphoric listens, the shimmer wears away and the record starts to fall flat. Lansana's Priestess is the star track undoubtedly and is ultimately the only essential song on the album.

Street Lady is pretty easily described as jazz disco and Lansana's Priestess is a great example of the two opposed genres melding together into something fresh and exciting. The guitar is funky and crisp, the flute and synthesizer are pastoral and Donald Byrd does a fair bit of improvisation. However, the record as a whole is a bit mind numbing and an unfortunate harbinger of bloodless over produced jazz pop of the later 70's. Don't mistake this for harsh criticism, it is meant only to be honest. As a background or party album, it's tremendous. But it's not an album that warrants repeated intensive listening.

Play this album for your friends or while working out. It's got a lot of pep and won't drag anyone's mood down.

ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY We Want Groove

Album · 2013 · Funk Jazz
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The name of the group and the name of the album speak for themselves. Sinewy blues/rock guitar lines blend with funky keys, bass, and drums to excite the listener on what surely is jazz's best party record of 2013. Part of the charm is that until this release nobody would have thought of Joe Bonamassa as a jazz musician, but his presence puts this album over the top in terms of virtuosity. This would have been a fine release in 1974, but top notch recording techniques and old school spirit make this a must listen for all fans of groove.

ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY Groove Is King

Album · 2015 · Funk Jazz
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Rock Candy Funk Party's second long player, Groove is King, surely lives up to it's title. Rock, blues, funky R&B mix with bits of electronica to make a whole that's unmistakably jazz. Short songs mesh with extended pieces seamlessly to create a record that rewards repeated concentration while also serving as a terrific party record. Master guitarist Joe Bonamossa is the most well known musician among this collective, however they are all extremely accomplished and, following the heels of their 2013 debut and 2014 double disc live set, continue to add a punctuation mark to the funky rock and roll jazz fusion pantheon. If you haven't heard these guys, you're missing out.

CHARLES KYNARD Woga

Album · 1972 · Funk Jazz
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Charles Kynard never burns like his Hammond B3 contemporaries, but he has the funkiest band around. Chuck Rainey and Paul Humphrey highlight a crack band that funktify jazz like few others. "Slop Jar", "Rock Steady" and especially the extended album closer, "Shout", highlight this tremendously underrated set. Beat aficianados and crate diggers are sure to find a ton to like in this gem. Charles Kynard didn't record too often, and listening to this album one wonders if he couldn't have had a career renaissance like Dr Lonnie Smith or Jimmy McGriff. Badass album cover also helps. See if your local vinyl store has it.

THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS West Coast Boogaloo (with Fred Wesley)

Album · 1995 · Funk Jazz
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The Greyboy AllStars debut album, West Coast Boogaloo, is a fresh reinvention of an old jazz theme - chill grooves fortified with killer musicianship make for great listening. in 2016, these guys are well known. In 1995, it was the presence of Fred Wesley of James Brown fame that lent name credibility to this project. It still went unnoticed, but is a terrific addition to those who like their jazz straight with a smooth chaser. "Tenor Man" would become saxman Karl Denson's signature song. These guys have become legends on the jam band circuit. The more jazz less funk formula works for them. This album should interest all collectors from the Sonny Stitt/Groove Holmes/Rusty Bryant Prestige Records era of the '60's and '70's. Wesley is in top form and his funky jazz chops blend well with the young musicians from California.

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