Acid jazz

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Acid jazz , also known as jaz (z) id or dance floor jazz , is a style of music that combines elements from electronic music , soul , funk and jazz . This created a combination of many modern forms of dance music, from reggae to hip-hop and house music , which simultaneously quoted eclectic soul, funk and jazz.


The term was coined in 1988 by DJs Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller . Acid jazz has basically nothing to do with acid or acid house : rather, according to tradition, Peterson and Piller chose the name on a whim when they made fun of the ubiquitous acid house hype at the time. According to the Rough Guide Jazz , it is much more a phenomenon of the market than a coherent style of music. Comparable to the traditional jazz revival, this revival was initially initiated by playing older records - especially from the area of soul jazz and jazz radio - and not by live music. Here, labels like MPS achieved a new “cult” status.

In Great Britain in particular, classical jazz musicians such as Steve Williamson also performed live in the acid jazz scene . Most creative musicians who played acid jazz on stage found this limiting and gave up relatively quickly.

Artists and groups

So-called fathers or “godparents” of acid jazz

on the guitar
at the Hammond organ

Other well-known artists or groups associated with the acid jazz scene:


Individual notes

  1. Grant Green - pieceworker on six strings , on: from September 20, 2018.