Acid Jazz

An energetic, groove-centered variant of jazz for a generation of club-oriented youth, acid jazz as a style originated in London during the mid-'80s, fostered by rare-groove DJs who spun their favorite records, whether they were up-to-par from a jazz standpoint or not. In the clubs, the only thing that mattered was the groove, and these DJs were inspired in the main by the '70s fringe of jazz — fusion, jazz-funk and Afro-Cuban, with secondary elements of earlier soul jazz. 


Britain's hottest current compound, which first jelled about a year ago, is called trip-hop, a clunky name that suggests a rabbit stumbling over a fence. Still, trip-hop and its offshoots in this country prove once more that lively ears and lots of inexpensive electronic equipment can forge, however briefly, an international community of taste. 

The Birth of Nu Jazz

Nu Jazz is to (traditional) Jazz what punk or grunge was to Rock. It took it (Rock) from the hands of virtuoso soloists (for example: Yngwie Malmsteen) and gave it back to the kids in the garage (Curt Cobain). This stimulated Rock by putting it back into the garage. It reintroduced the DIY aspect to rock. 

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