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funky jazz

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Ace123, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Ace123


    Sep 25, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    Hey everyone i was wondering if you could give me some recommendation of "funky" jazz. I like kind of funky jazz like Herbie Hancock's Chameleon and more funkeir songs by Jaco. What are some really good funky jazzy albums/artists? Thanks
  2. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    Miles Davis - On the Corner is a must under funk/jazz I would say. You mentioned the Headhunters cd, but Thrust and Man-Child are also great. Return to Forever maybe? Also anything by Karl Denson or the Grey Boy Allstars is cool. Medeski Martin & Wood might be interesting - funk isn't their biggest thing but it's there. Scofield A Go-Go?
  3. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Jimmy Smith - "Root Down Live"

    If truly funky, early 70s jazz is what you want, look no further. Wilton Felder on bass, Jimmy Smith on Hammond organ, funky wah guitar - what more could you ask for? :D
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Jaco covered "Wiggle Waggle"...originally found on Hancock's Fat Albert Rotunda.
    www.dustygroove.com routinely stocks this title.
    Thrust & Man-Child are very good!

    Eddie Henderson-Sunburst(w/ Alphonso Johnson). Henderson played trumpet in Hancock's Mwandishi-era bands.

    Miles Davis-We Want Miles
    Miles Davis-Star People
    ...both fall under the 'chromatic Funk' umbrella.

    The Brecker Brothers-Straphanging(w/ Marcus Miller)
    The Brecker Brothers-Brecker Brothers(from '75?)...has "Some Skunk Funk".
    Billy Cobham's A Funky Thide Of Sings also has this tune.

    Jeff Lorber Fusion-Water Sign & Galaxian

    The Crusaders-Images, Those Southern Knights, & Free As The Wind.

    Early Spyro Gyra-Catching The Sun, Free Time, Incognito, City Kids, etc. Bassists include Will Lee, Marcus Miller, & Kim Stone.

    On the smoother side-
    Grover Washington, Jr-Winelight. Some nice mellow/funky grooves.
  5. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
  6. Ace123


    Sep 25, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    WOW! These bands (specifically lettuce) are EXACTLY what i was looking for. Thanks WR!

    ALso, thanks for the other suggestions from you guys, i'll be downloading then hopefully buying some more funky jazz in the near future. I love this stuff!
    Anymore suggestions?
    thanks so far.
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    John scofield has some really great tracks

    I like his latest album(er...latest as far as I know)

    it features the indomitable Chris wood on bass :)

    Also, is medeski martin and wood, but they are a little more fusiony I guess

    but still very groovy.

    And, there is a band, called SEATBELTS, they did the music to the anime series cowboy bebop, while the music on that show is VERY diverse, there is a good handful of GREAT funky jazz tracks amongst the jazzmess ;)

    Also you might want to check out maceo parker, very funky stuff, but still pretty fresh.
  8. Ace123


    Sep 25, 2002
    Rochester, NY
    I really like MMW. Some of their stuff is funky as hell (the song pappy check is out of control). What would you say is their funkiest album?
    Thanks for all these requests. I'm just getting into the wonderful world of funky jazz and this suggestions should help start my collection. thanks so far
  9. one guy.....george bensen....charles mingus had some groovy stuff as well....his later stuff anyway...fables of faubus by mingus is a great track..if you dont notice the drum line...well...pity on you:p
  10. Well I was gonna say Chameleon by Herbie Hancock, but you already said it:spit:. Try the song "Actual proof" by Herbie Hancock, its alot more technical than chameleon, but still very funky.
  11. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Check out the new Roy Hargrove CD.
  12. metron

    metron Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    Robert Walter's 20th Congress (Money Shot is a killer cd) The jazz is in there but its mostly funkish. :cool:
  13. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Palm Grease by Herbie Hancock:bassist: :bassist:
  14. Watermellon man by Herbie Hancock :bassist:

    John Scofield has indeed made some really funky albums (pick Hits, Bump, Up All Night). Not really jazzy, but extremely funky are the Fun Lovin'Criminals, a really underrated band IMO. Cool band to check out live!

    oh and ofcourse:
    Booker T and the Mg's
    Wheater Report
    Billy Cobham (spectrum)


    Oct 16, 2002
    New Orleans
    Another vote for Jimmy Smith. Grey Boy Allstars are cool also. Chuck Levell has some nice stuff in his 70s band Sea Levell(sp).
  16. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I just got a George benson album, the george benson collection, while it has some smoother groove stuff, there are some definitely funky tracks there.
  17. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    God, I think I bought that in '80 or '81.
    Agreed, some funky stuff; by this time, Benson was more into jazzy Top-40 Pop than Jazz.
    He had some of the best studio guys of the day playing on those Pop records, too...Louis Johnson, Laboriel, David Foster, David Paich, Richard Tee, John Robinson. His Pop writers included Heatwave's Rod Temperton(also wrote the bulk of Thriller & "Off The Wall") & Rufus' "Hawk" Wolinski.
    Give Me The Night is probably the classic jazzy Pop Benson album. "Midnight Love Affair" is sweet(IIRC). ;)

    Good King Bad(mid-'70s) is a jazzy R&B/Funk Benson album.
  18. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Open funk jam favorite- Mister Magic by Grover Washinton (yeah baby!):bassist:
  19. DaveBeny


    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    There's a good series of '70s jazz-funk compilations out called 'Pulp Fusion' - been going for a few years now. Some good tracks from lesser-known artists on these. I have 'Pulp Fusion: Fully Loaded' - the tracks are:

    Wille Bobo & The Bo Gents - 'Broasted or Fried'
    Chicago Gangsters - 'Gangster Boogie'
    Betty Davis (formerly Mrs Miles Davis) - 'Your Mama Wants Ya Back'
    The Nite-Liters - 'Afro Strut'
    Jack McDuff - Hunk O'Funk'
    Dizzy Gillespie - 'Matrix'
    Edwin Starr - 'Easin In'
    Lightnin' Rod - 'Sport'
    Milt Jackson - 'I'm Not So Sure'
    Frank Strazzeri - 'Cloudburst'
    Exit 9 - 'Miss Funky Fox'
    Donald Byrd - 'Love's So Far Away'
  20. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    How did this thread go this far with no mention of Marcus Miller? The Sun Don't Lie is an old favorite of mine. This isn't quite as Old School as all the 70s stuff people are mentioning though.

    For something even less Old School, and a lot "jazzier", take a listen to some Steve Coleman sides. I'm partial to the Five Elements band, esp. Drop Kick and Curves Of Life, which has David Murray and some rappers on a few cuts. To me, this is what "acid jazz" should mean, not the watered down stuff that gets called that usually.