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Acid Jazz

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Ari Schor, Mar 22, 2002.

  1. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    I've seen this term being thrown around a lot...but who would you say are the best portrayers of such genre???
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai are probably the most famous to come out of this - there was a movement in London in the 90s, where the sax/brass players from the Jazz scene would form the horn section for funk-style groups and come up with slightly more complex arramgements.

    I thought it was funny when BNHs first toured the US everybody there thought that their music was actually sampled! ;)
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Probably one of the best albums IMO is the first (and only) Raw Stylus.
    My favorite track is Prince of Peace by Galliano.

    Another must-have are the Incognito albums. Randy Hope-Taylor (and others) play great grooves on there.
  4. Incognito is my fav... Brand New Heavies are good too
  5. without a doubt I would have to say "squarepusher." His last album is pure acid jazz, his others are much more like electronic dance music. Plus he plays a fretless live.
  6. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    Groove Collective make nice music.

    also check out the James Taylor Quartet if you want to hear the "old-school" of acid Jazz (spy and mafia movie music).

    Rad Snapper were nice too for that half electronic half acoustic acid jazz.
  7. Ciaran


    Apr 4, 2001

    nuff said.
  8. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    late 60's miles davis, mahavishnu orchestra..these are what come to my mind when i hear acid jazz...
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well that predates Acid Jazz by a long way and is usually classed in with "Fusion" - in fact it is usually cited as a classic example of "Jazz/Rock Fusion"!

    Acid Jazz is "lighter" more danceable music that contains elements of Funk and Jazz, but is more contemporary in its influences.

    While I have virtually every album that John McLaughlin released and love his stuff with the Mahavishnu - you would have a hard time dancing to most of it! ;)
  10. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Even to this day, the real creator of Acid Jazz never gets his due! That would be Roy Ayers!!! Whom, BTW, groups like BNH, Jami, Bass Is Base, Omar, Incognito, Inner Shade, Swing Out Sister, etc., are influenced by.
  11. Hmmm...these are the ones I know and like a lot:
    Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Incognito, Groove Colective, James Taylor Quartet, Corduroy, Omar, Sinclair, Cool Hipnoise, Count Basic, Los Amigos Invisibles.
  12. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Los Amigos RULES!!!!
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    At a different site, I asked a British bass player(Jimmy J...he sometimes posts here @TB)-

    About Acid Jazz-
    I said, "I get the "Acid" part, where does the "Jazz" part fit into the equation"?
    (See I had heard the term used with The Brand New Heavies & Jamiroquai, too. IMO, their stuff, which I really like, is retro-'70s R&B/Funk. Nuthin really new under The Sun, at least, to me). ;)

    Jimmy J said, "That's because you're getting the watered-down version in The States".

    Here's a definition outta Stuart Nicholson's Jazz-Rock: A History-
    "Acid Jazz is little more than a glossy handle for 1990's retro Funk, which, because of its close affinity to the dance floor, is a potpourri of James Brown, 1970's Disco, Soul, Rap, easy Listening, & very New Heavies, Ronnie Jordan, Us3, Guru, Digable Planets, etc"
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I have also heard Grant Green's name/music tossed about as "Acid Jazz"...he predates Ayers by at least a decade, right?

    ...and I still don't get Green's music as "Acid Jazz". ;)
  15. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    You have obviously never met Sean.
    For an ex-drummer/biker-type, he really has some riddim goin' on... ;)
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and one more thing-
    Goin' back to my early '70s Rock daze; there was also something called Acid Rock.

    Attempting to use the same logic as applied to Rock-
    For me, & this is not 'right' by any stretch, bands like The Screaming Headless Torsos are "Acid Jazz"...they take Jazz tunes & re-invent them in an Acid sorta way(IMO). ;)
    Further, bands of that caliber use some of the "Jazz" language in their methods.


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