Finally since the tremendous success
of Down To The Bone at their US-tour Smooth Acid Jazz is a
known music genre even in USA. We start our journey
into Smooth Acid Jazz with some definitions of this term. Acid
Jazz is a conglomerate of many music styles like jazz, funk,
salsa, Brazilian music, hip hop, dance and the sounds of
Fly stated in his essay:
only thing which held the whole thing together was a
recognition of what it was not. It was not house, nor was it
indie and that was about it. If you could dance to it and it
had sincerity, that was enough."
What Is Acid Jazz
Acid Jazz is definetely
a groovy music and dancable. No wonder the roots of this genre
are to find in London's dance clubs and Ibiza's discos. Acid Jazz
kicks the funky beat.
A lot of explanations
of Acid Jazz are collected at the well-assorted Acid
Jazz website under the topic FAQ. Acid Jazz started in UK,
while the roots are captured by the fog of history.
The person of Gilles
Peterson is certainly closely associated with Acid Jazz.
But legends are the
stories about Gilles Peterson:
".... jokingly giving
James Taylor a cassette of Funk Inc. and Charlie Earland
Grooves labelled simply "Acid Jazz" in order to
friend of mine had just come back from Spain and had brought
some acid house records
with him which he announced were the latest thing. But the
Then it was my turn and I put on a few jazz pieces. The
dancefloor was full. To
take the piss out of him I called my music acid jazz.."
Certainly was the word
"Acid" as a prefix an irresistible
attraction for the youth in these dance clubs, which were faced with this mixtures of modern African based
rhythms and classical jazz tunes. Acid Jazz had even a certain
importance for the revival of straight ahead jazz.
Jazz Dance Scene - an innovative and creative movement
or plagiarism disguised?
by Andrew Penny.
Readers of my earlier reviews will
already be familiar with the term Smooth Jazz. Those who need
some more informations, can read my collection of definitions
under the topic "What
is Smooth Jazz?". But let's approach the term Smooth
Acid Jazz now.