Acid jazz

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Acid jazz (sometimes groove jazz) is a musical genre that combines jazz influences with elements of soul music, funk, disco and also nineties english dance music, particularly repetitive beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as taking the boundary crossing of jazz fusion onto new ground.

One of the ideas of this genre is to return jazz to where it was born, in the dancing hall. That is why it has soulful, groovy, catchy inclinations and sound.

Origins

The early origins of the genre relate to a 70s funk revival movement initiated in the discos of England in the mid-eighties. This revival movement was called Northern Soul. In this movement, DJs competed against each other to find the rarest grooves, mainly from forgotten 70s soul and funk.

One of the most controversial figures in acid jazz, is DJ Gilles Peterson. He is normally credited for having invented the acid jazz name. There are various legends running of how the name Acid Jazz was created. One of the legends has to see with the acid house movement that was sounding in the late eighties in European discos, mainly in Ibiza. It is said that one of the fellow DJs of Gilles Peterson went to show him a new Acid House record that has just arrived, and when he showed the record to Gilles Peterson, he replied, "if that is Acid House, then this is Acid Jazz". It was Gilles Peterson the one who created the initial Acid Jazz label. The first hit of this label was Frederick Lies Still from Galliano.

In the United States notable acid-jazz groups are: Groove Collective and Solsonics. From the UK, Repercussions who had a top hit, Promise me nothing. Other more recent artists and groups who have produced music in this genre include Mother Earth, Mr. Scruff, Visit Venus, Praful, and Down to the Bone.

See also: nu-jazz

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