Read this article and listen to the two Spotify playlists here because they capture some of the funkiest piano songs and heaviest organ Jazz music ever recorded.
The first one is dedicated to Jazz Funk piano players from eras past & into the present. The second one gives you an earful of that potent Hammond B3 flavor and the glorious Soul Jazz created in the 60s, as well as introducing today’s players who are influenced by the greats like Jimmy Smith.
Watch James Booker perform live in all his 1970s weirdness…
Listen to Funky Jazz & follow this Spotify playlist.
Dig the relentless rhythm of these Funky Pianos…
It’s an opus de funk…
Superlative Soul Jazz — Funky Piano Playing & Potent Jazz Funk Organ Grooves
Jazz Funk Pianos
Leading off with James Booker, one of New Orleans’ classic characters, iconic piano genius, and unique miscreant musicians. And then, a tribute to him & the city of New Orleans from Irvin Mayfield.
We’ll stay in the Big Easy for awhile in this playlist…
Current Crescent City piano player, Jon Cleary, gives us a groovy instrumental. Dr. John sings us the “Mess Around” as only he can do it. And, Professor Longhair, perhaps the king of the New Orleans piano groove, gets us boogieing.
Sadly, the world (and New Orleans) lost one of its greatest pianists in 2015. Let’s remember Allen Toussaint with this sweet, soulful, funky instrumental starring his perfect piano playing. Also, follow this Spotify playlist of my favorite Allen Toussaint songs.
Then, we’ll jump in the way-back machine for a little time warp to the days of the stride piano and other classic from Jelly Roll Morton, Art Tatum and Fats Waller…as well as a Jason Moran tribute to Fats.
Next, current Soul Jazz stars, The New Mastersounds, give us a funky (not flimsy) tune.
Henri-Pierre Noel, a fantastic Haitian piano funk master from Montreal, is in here too. Check out the rest of his catalog, and all his Jazz Funk piano masterpieces.
We’ll hear from the classic years of Soul Jazz with Gene Harris, Horace Silver & Ramsey Lewis.
Then, we close out this playlist with a long, live piano funk get down from the Greyboy Allstars — another of the contemporary Soul Jazz & instrumental Funk supergroups.
Jazz Funk Organs
Check out the king of the Hammond B3, Jimmy Smith, live in ’65…
They say organ meat is good for you.
Funky Jazz organ is good for you too. Taste the Funky Offal…
Let’s start this second Spotify playlist off with some obscure funky organ tunes. For example, a real rare groove with James Brown gettin’ into it on organ.
Then, dig the real heavy hitters of the Jazz Funk organ sounds gettin’ deep in it…
Kick back and enjoy some real tasty groove grease from the Godfathers of Groove — Jimmy McGriff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Big John Patton, Brother Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, and more — playing it deep & soulful for you.
Saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, is in here because Lonnie Smith is playing a funky organ on “The Kid,” which lays a groovy foundation for Lou and the rest of the band to expand on. Then hear the good doctor Lonnie Smith play a brilliant cover version of Sly & The Family Stone’s “I Want To Thank You,” Live At Club Mozambique.
Legend has it that Hunter S. Thompson choose the moniker “Gonzo” because he loved the song of the same name by James Booker. It appears here with its funky New Orleans organ groove (and with funky flute to boot).
We’ll finish off this Spotify playlist with current players…
Philadelphia heavyweight, Joey DeFrancesco, is the reigning champ of the Jazz Funk organ these days. Listen to “So Near, So Far” from his 2017 album, Project Freedom, it’s one of the best Jazz songs of 2017.
A Brazilian organ player, Ari Borger, that I like appears with his “Organ Groove.” A funky and powerful song from one of today’s best organ grinders, John Medeski, playing with The Word (whose super tasty record Soul Food made the best albums of 2015).
Then, we have Robert Walter‘s 20th Congress with “Don’t Chin The Dog.” He’s the organ player in The Greyboy Allstars, and has since moved to New Orleans to get heavily involved in the local music scene. Listen to him talk about it in this video…
This is an extra long playlist because these songs are extra long. All these Hammond organ players can jam like nobody else!
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