Soul music with a greater emphasis on beats, influences from
rhythm and blues, jazz and psychedelic rock

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Betty Davis

Betty Davis

Betty Mabry Davis has been celebrated for years as a visionary radio and soul pioneer. She revolutionized the image of women in the 70s, married Miles Davis and wrote songs for the greatest bands of her time. Their first three records became cult, then commercial success failed. In the 80s she suddenly disappeared from the scene.
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Banda Black Rio

Banda Black Rio are one of the most important Brazilian bands in history. Formed in Rio de Janeiro, 1976, the group pioneered the soul-funk movement in Brazil. As global stars of the politically charged Black Rio movement, emerging almost a decade earlier from the Soul Brasileiro genre. BBR released a string of unforgettable recordings in the late-1970s from 1977 debut album, Maria Fumaça, on Warner Music to 1978’s Gafieira Universal on RCA Recordings, considered one of the all-time great Brazilian jazz-funk records.
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Ed Motta

Eduardo „Ed“ Motta is the nephew of late singer-songwriter Tim Maia. At the age of 15, Ed Motta recorded his debut album “Ed Motta & Conexão Japeri” which became an instant boogie-funk classic. In 1990 Motta recorded “Um Contrato Com Deus”, where he played almost all the instruments by himself. Since then he has released several solo albums.
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Chris Joss

Chris Joss

Frenchman/producer/multi-instrumentalist constructs funky downtempo music that’s heavily influenced by the film music of Lalo Schifrin, John Barry, and Quincy Jones. Joss made his debut in 1996 with “The Man With a Suitcase”.
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Bernard „Pretty“ Purdie

As a drummer, musician, producer, arranger and musical director, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie has a record discography. He has worked on over three thousand albums and recordings with over two thousand artists. In addition to his long-standing collaboration with Aretha Franklin, Purdie has played with countless other artists. Purdie is known as a groove drummer with immaculate timing and makes use of precision half note, backbeats and grooves.
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Oliver Sain

Oliver Sain was, mainly, remembered for his fine sax playing, however he was an accomplished songwriter, bandleader, drummer and a highly regarded producer. “Bus Stop” was published 1974 and showed the brilliant Saxophone work of Mr. Sain.
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Brian Auger

Brian Auger

Brian Auger is a British fusion and rock organist. Auger is one of the most important fusion organists of popular music. His main instrument is the Hammond organ. In 1965 he founded The Steampacket together with Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and John Baldry. After Rod Stewart and John Baldry left the group, Auger founded Trinity with Julie Driscoll.
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Undisputed Truth

It’s not exactly fair to peg the Undisputed Truth as a one-hit wonder, because they did have a few hits for Motown in the first half of the 1970s, as well as made half a dozen albums for the label. Nothing else they did matched the strength of “Smiling Faces Sometimes” which made number three in 1971. Crafted by Norman Whitfield, Motown’s most adventurous producer of the time, it employed the funk-psychedelic guitars and ominous, socially aware lyrics that were also characteristic of his work during the period. The Undisputed Truth came into being after Bobby Taylor brought Billie Rae Calvin and Brenda Joyce to Motown as part of the Delicates.
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Bobby Byrd

Byrd was the leader of The Avons, a group James Brown joined in the mid-1950s after being released from prison with financial support from the Byrd family. The Avons were later renamed The Flames and then The Famous Flames, from which Brown later emerged as a star.
As a long-running right-hand man, Bobby Byrd performed an invaluable function in the James Brown show, warming up the crowds as a solo singer, then retreating to the sidelines as a backup vocal group.
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Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris

Eddie Harris was an American jazz musician (tenor saxophone, also piano, vocals, other instruments, composition). Although he was the first jazz musician to receive a gold record for a release from his album Exodus to Jazz.
At the end of the 1960s, Harris, who can be considered one of the pioneers of fusion music, experimented with an electrified saxophone by replacing brass mouthpieces with saxophone mouthpieces.
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Joe Farell

Joseph Carl Firrantello began his clarinet training at the age of eleven and switched to tenor saxophone at the age of sixteen. As a sideman he also worked with Ray Barretto, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and “Return to Forever”, Santana, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter and others. He recorded a number of albums for CTI in the early 1970s. These recordings, especially “Moon Germs” from 1972, document the energy and sensitivity of his playing on soprano and tenor saxophone and flute, and are considered by some to be classics of the era.
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Herbie Hancock

Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock is a jazz pianist and composer as well as an Oscar and Grammy winner. Hancock’s improvisation is characterized by a sparkling „funky style” and the use of expressive cross rhythms. Many of his compositions have become classics and serve other jazz musicians as a basis for improvisation. These include Watermelon Man, Cantaloupe Island and Maiden Voyage, all of which appeared on the Blue Note label in the 1960s.
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David Holmes

David Holmes

David Holmes is a Belfast born DJ & producer. In his varied professional life, he has produced over seven of his own albums and twenty film soundtracks.
Other productions include Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, John Spencer Blues Explosion and Cashier No. 9, plus David has remixed U2, Doves, Manic Street Preachers, St Etienne and Primal Scream among others.
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Breakestra

Breakestra

Breakestra is a band from the USA. The members of the band are Loslito, Miles Tackett, Mixmaster Wolf, Davey Chegwidden, Patrick Bailey, Todd Simon and Double G. They were born in 1996. Their style consists of funk, afrobeat, classic funk rock, acid jazz and deep funk. The Breakestra have played so many covers of the aforementioned grooves that the only way a musician could be in the group is if they really knew how to play.
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Orgōne

With a lively, evocative set of covers and original material, Los Angeles-based ensemble Orgōne brought new attention to the funk revivalist and jam band circuits when they launched their recording career with Ubiquity Records in the mid- to late 2000s. Orgōne’s sound hosts a myriad of groove-oriented styles, including but not limited to deep funk, ’60s Memphis soul/blues, Fela-inspired Afro-beat, hip-hop, Latin jazz, and electronic dance and house.
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Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris, blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder leading him to sign with Motown’s Tamla label at the age of 11. Wonder’s 1970s albums are regarded as very influential; the Rolling Stone Record Guide said they “pioneered stylistic approaches that helped to determine the shape of pop music for the next decade”. Wonder’s “classic period”, between 1972 and 1977, is noted for his funky keyboard style, personal control of production, and series of songs integrated with one another to make a concept album.
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Di Melo

Di Melo

For the true expert on Brazilian Funk scene, no further explanation is needed for Di Melo. After all, the singer from São Paulo has been at the forefront of the genre for more than 40 years – even though he was long regarded as an insider tip along with greats such as Jorge Ben or Tim Maia. However, his first album “Di Melo“ is without a doubt one of the most significant works of the Afro-Brazilian movement of the seventies.
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Tim Maia

Sebastião Rodrigues Maia contributed to Brazilian music within a wide variety of musical genres. He introduced the soul style on the Brazilian musical scene. Along with Jorge Ben, Maia pioneered MPB’s samba rock genre, combining samba, soul, and funk. He is internationally recognised as one of the biggest icons of the Brazilian music.
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The Isley Brothers

In the 1950s The Isley Brothers was founded by the three brothers O’Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald Isley as a gospel choir in Cincinnati, Ohio. They formed a quartet with their fourth brother Vernon until he died in a car accident. Influenced by gospel and doo-wop music, the group began experimenting with different musical styles incorporating elements of rock and funk as well as pop balladry. For the next full decade, they recorded top-selling albums including “The Heat Is On” and “Between the Sheets”.
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Clarence Reid

Clarence Reid

First Rap Pioneer Clarence Henry Reid was an American musician, songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly. During the 1960s and 1970s Reid wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy “Bo” Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including “Nobody But You Babe”.
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Soul Bros. Inc

Soul Brothers Inc.

In the 1960s and ’70s hundreds of teenage funk & soul bands across the USA independently recorded and released their music. Most of them achieved only local success with their recordings, almost none of them ever made it onto the charts. This meant small runs of funk 45s which have since become highly sought after, hard to find and super collectable. One of those many bands were the Soul Bros. Inc. Out of Houston, Texas. They were likely one of the most important funk/soul groups in the city in the late 1960s until they broke up in the mid ’70s.
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Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr (born Charles Edwin Hatcher) was an American singer and songwriter. Starr was famous for his Norman Whitfield-produced Motown singles of the 1970s, most notably the number one hit “War”.
He was backed by the band that would later become known as “Black Merda”. Starr remained a hero on England’s Northern Soul circuit and continued living in England for the remainder of his life.
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Ike & Tina Turner

Ike & Tina Turner

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Ripple

Ripple

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Deodato

Deodato

Eumir Deodato has participated as pianist/keyboardist, producer, or arranger in over 450 albums, and has won 16 platinum records. The list of top artists with whom he has collaborated is too extensive to cite. At 12, Deodato started to learn the accordion. Two years later he began his studies on piano, orchestration, arrangement, and conducting, and started playing in dances and nightclubs. His arrangement for “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (Richard Strauss), written in 1973, was included in the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.
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