Charles Kynard

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Charles Kynard (20 February 1933 – 8 July 1979) was an American soul jazz/acid jazz organist born in St. Louis, Missouri.[1]

Kynard first played piano then switched to organ and led a trio in Kansas City including Tex Johnson (flute, sax) and Leroy Anderson (drums). In 1963, he settled to Los Angeles and his band featured guitarists Cal Green and Ray Crawford, drummer Johnny Kirkwood.


As leader

CD compilations

  • Legends Of Acid Jazz: Charles Kynard (Prestige, 1999) (compilation of Afro-Disiac + Wa-Tu-Wa-Zui (Beautiful People))
  • The Soul Brotherhood (Prestige, 2001) (compilation of The Soul Brotherhood + Reelin' With The Feelin')

As sideman

With Cal Green

  • Trippin' With Cal Green (Mutt & Jeff, 1969)

With Les McCann

With Blue Mitchell

With Howard Roberts

  • Something's Cookin' (Capitol, 1965)
  • Goodies (Capitol, 1965)

With Clifford Scott

  • Lavender Sax (World Pacific, 1964)

With Sonny Stitt

With Tom Waits


  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G.; Michael Erlewine. "Charles Kynard Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
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