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The Soul Jazz Funk of KUDU

The Soul Jazz Funk of KUDU

Playing tracks by

Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Lonnie Smith, Grover Washington Jr., Esther Phillips, Hank Crawford and more.

Here are 20 tunes out of 20 albums recorded on KUDU between 1971 and 1976. Filed in order of their appearance and starting with the earliest. KUDU Records was a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. (CTI). In my opinion the label, located at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, was one of the most innovative ones ever. Perfectly appareled with an unmistakably artful sound created by such greats as Ron Carter and the legendary crew that is featured within this play list. As dedicated fan and in the meanwhile friend to Pee Wee Ellis, I don’t want to forget where he was contributing in this set as arranger, conductor and/or saxophonist. Pee Wee has lent his outstanding talent on the tracks 5, 6, 7, 8 and 18.


Mike Murga

Very Smooth!!


Great! Loving all the soul compilations you're posting!

The Soul Preacher

1. Blues Selah by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
2. I Feel The Earth Move by Lonnie Smith
3. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) by Grover Washington Jr.
4. Rock Steady by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
5. 'Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone by Esther Phillips
6. Ham by Hank Crawford
7. Let's Move And Groove by Esther Phillips
8. The Prophet by Johnny "Hammond" Smith
9 .I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good by Esther Phillips
10. Wildflower by Hank Crawford
11. The Saddest Thing by Idris Muhammad
12. Doing Our Thing by Esther Phillips
13. Hurtin' House by Esther Phillips
14. Hey Pocky A-Way by Idris Muhammad
15. Going Out Of My Head by Esther Phillips
16. Future Feature by Grant Green
17. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) by Dave Matthews with Whirlwind & Fred Wesley
18. Higher & Higher by Esther Phillips
19. Not Yet by Grover Washington Jr.
20. Canadian Sunset by Hank Crawford


Great music!


Really good! Thanks for sharing.


So very great stuff! Kudully Kool!


Great introduction to the Kudu sound. Made my sunday mate. Thanks. H.

George Reid

Always loved the Kudu sound and this is on the money.

Jeff Penner



Enjoying the funk, great introduction to KUDU, cheers!