3 Brave Souls by John Beasley
This trio is one comprised of Miles Davis alums and it shows! Keyboardist John Beasley heads the group, but his contributions certainly aren't outshining those of Darryl Jones and Ndugu.
My favorites are the the gospel ballad "Come and Gone," the exotic "Ayala" featuring Bob Sheppard and Steve Taglavione, and "Nothing Left to Say," featuring Sy Smith laying down some sultry vocals.
Check out a few for yourself.
This album is certainly funky more than straight ahead jazz, but there are plenty of influences to be found here. The Meters, Miles Davis, Donny Hathaway, and James Brown are all some that come to mind and there are many more to be sure. 3 Brave Souls has become one of my recent favorites from this genre and you'd have a hard time convincing me that anyone who listens to it won't be tapping their foot in a matter of seconds. Give it a listen people!