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A few people expressed an interest in Jazz Funk in the original thread. I thought I would start a thread for this sub-genre of Jazz.

For any beginner interested in exploring the genre, the following compilations are a great starting point:

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Or these guys with their contemporary take on the genre.

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Reminds me (a little) of Lonnie Liston Smith. 

Jazz Funk - what an era that was (is ?) Level 42 (earlier stuff), Stanley Clarke, Brass Construction, Luther, Change (getting a bit poppy, but who cares). Love 'em all

Forgot, my favourite:- Special Delivery:- This Kind Of Love.

...and Windjammer

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Thanks for the interesting links. Not sure if this fits in here or not but have a look at the Third Coast Kings I brought their "West Grand Boulevard"  last year after hearing them on the radio one night. I'm not sure of how to describe their sound its sort of a mix of soul, deep funk and Jazz which varies quite a bit from track to track some just instrumental some with vocals male or female.

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Two words.

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Of course there are many others, but as a 'way in', it gets little better.

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40 minutes ago, rabski said:

Two words.

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Of course there are many others, but as a 'way in', it gets little better.

 

Indeed. A very fine band. Also worthy of investigation:

Billy Cobham

Al Dimeola

Stanley Clarke

Herbie Hancock

Miles's later albums

...just for starters

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Time to give spotify a hammering :)

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2 hours ago, rabski said:

Two words.

Weather.

Report.

Of course there are many others, but as a 'way in', it gets little better.

Maybe I'm blurring the lines a bit, but WR are more of a fusion band surely. They are a masterful band that weave in many stylistic elements into a whole that is sometimes unclassifiable. WR are just WR really & probably essential in any case for anybody interested in post electric jazz.

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I'm listening to the Noel Pointer album Phantazia right now & it is one of the most funky Jazz violin led albums I am aware of. JLP can certainly get a bit of a funk on but similarly to WR he is more easily categorised as fusion IMV, although also straddling & blurring lines as do WR too of course.

The Shez Raja Collective are worth checking out for some more recent Funky type Jazz.

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Wiki list WR as a jazz funk band so it must be true... :?

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8 minutes ago, Tony_J said:

Wiki list WR as a jazz funk band so it must be true... :?

LOL Tony. I see wot you did there!

Yeah I did take a quick squiz on Wiki prior to posting. For me there are just to many fusion & proggy elements to seriously classify their stuff as jazz funk. Those two elements however are slightly less problematic than how far WR also delve into the 'Free Jazz' spectrum tho, which IMV is just too far away from being easily categorised as really funky jazz.

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WR are fusion, along with Return to Forever and Mahavishnu et al.

Vac dac knows his funky onions.

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Jazz funk was something that got you on the dancefloor rather than sitting on your arse and stroking your goatee. Stuff like this:

and this..

lastly this..

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I so adore the early jazz/funk talents of 'Level 42', simply brilliant! Seen them live many a time, Mr King's bass skills are mind blowing......and still doing it...!!!

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