Acid Jazz

Acid jazz is a subgenre of electronic music that blends elements of hip-hop, jazz, 1990s electronic dance music, and 1970s funk. In the mid-1980s, acid jazz became a distinct musical subgenre in the United Kingdom.

Jazz funk compositions and samples from the 1970s were more widely used by British musicians and DJs, which helped the genre take off. This type of electronic music is said to have been pioneered by Jills Peterson, who is also credited with coining the term “acid jazz”. However, this name has not gained popularity abroad; in the United States, for example, the terms “club jazz” or “groove jazz” are more commonly used.

The popularity of acid jazz music may have peaked in the early to mid-1990s. This type of music includes jazz-infused hip-hop and the jazz-funk of the 1990s, as well as dance music with jazz elements. Since acid jazz’s popularity began to wane in the mid-1990s, nu jazz has continued the genre’s tradition.

The term “acid jazz” is now attributed to London DJ and musician Gilles Peterson. The term was mostly used in jest by young British DJs in the late 1980s to describe music that was an alternative to the then-dominant acid house genre. The word’s name was given to the term for purposes unrelated to “acid”.

Another story claims that English singer Chris Bangs, known for his performances with the duo “Soundscape UK”, was the one who came up with the name.

One of the best-known acid jazz bands and artists is Groove Collective, which includes Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Guru, and Incognito. Some in the music business believe that Acid Jazz was the beginning of the brilliant career of the now famous trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, who are considered the forerunners of modern avant-garde.


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