|Birth name||Reuben Lincoln Wilson|
|Born||April 9, 1935|
Mounds, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Origin||Pasadena, California, U.S.|
|Died||May 26, 2023 (aged 88)|
Harlem, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Acid jazz, soul jazz|
|Labels||Blue Note, Groove Merchant, Cadet, 18th and Vine|
Reuben Wilson (April 9, 1935 – May 26, 2023) was an American jazz organist in the soul jazz tradition. Widely sampled and influential among acid jazz musicians, he is best known for his title track "Got to Get Your Own".
Wilson was born in Mounds, Oklahoma, and his family moved to Pasadena when he was 5. He played in Los Angeles with drummer Al Bartee, then moved to New York to begin a recording career. In addition to playing with jazz musicians Melvin Sparks and Willis Jackson, Wilson led the local band Wildare Express. He remained active into his late 70s, until developing dementia. He died of lung cancer in New York City, on May 26 2023, at the age of 88.
- On Broadway (Blue Note, 1968)
- Love Bug (Blue Note, 1969)
- Blue Mode (Blue Note, 1970) – recorded in 1969. also issued as Organ Talk (Vee Jay, 1974).
- A Groovy Situation (Blue Note, 1970) – CD reissue: (Water Records, 2004)
- Set Us Free (Blue Note, 1971)
- The Sweet Life (Groove Merchant, 1972) – CD reissue: (Connoisseur Collection, 2000)
- The Cisco Kid (Groove Merchant, 1973) – CD reissue (Connoisseur Collection, 2000)
- Got to Get Your Own (Cadet, 1975) – CD reissue: (Dusty Groove, 2008)
- Live at SOB's – The Official Bootleg (Jazzateria, 1996)
- Organ Donor (Jazzateria, 1997)
- Down with it (Cannonball, 1998)
- Blue Breakbeats (Blue Note, 1998) – compilation of On Broadway, Love Bug, Blue Mode.
- Organ Blues (Jazzateria, 2002)
- Boogaloo to the Beastie Boys (Scufflin', 2004)
- Fun House (Savant, 2005) – recorded in 2004
- Movin' On (Savant, 2006)
- Azure Te (18th & Vine, 2009)
- Revisited (American Showplace Music, 2011)
With the Wildare Express
- Walk On By (Brunswick, 1970) – recorded in 1967–68
With the Godfathers of Groove
- The Masters of Groove – Meet Dr. No (Jazzateria, 2001)
- The Masters of Groove – Meet DJ-9 (Jazzateria, 2006)
- The Godfathers of Groove (18th & Vine, 2007)
- The Godfathers of Groove – 3 (18th & Vine, 2009)
- New York Funkies, Hip Hop Bop! (Meldac [jp], 1995) – with Stanley Turrentine, Ed Cherry
- Grant Green, Jr., Jungle Strut (Venus, 1997)
- Grant Green, Jr., Introducing G.G. (Jazzateria, 2002)
- Melvin Sparks, What You Hear Is What You Get (Savant, 2001)
- Santella, Jim. "Organist Reuben Wilson". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
- Rogers, Matt (2023-06-05). "Reuben Wilson, organist who helped usher in soul jazz, has died at 88". NPR. Retrieved 2023-06-05.