The Story of Acid Jazz

Metro's double-disc The Story of Acid Jazz collects the highlights from the style and label's heyday in the late '80s, including tracks such as Galliano's "Frederick Lies Still," the Brand New Heavies' "Dream Come True," the James Taylor Quartet's "A Good Thing," and Vibraphonic's "Trust Me."

Snowboy, the Subterraneans, and the Quiet Boys are some of the other better-known artists on the album, although for acid jazz fans, the compilation's real value might lie in the names that aren't so familiar: Mother Earth's "Apple Green" and "Jesse" are unusually soulful contributions, while O.H.M.'s "Sweet Ohm" takes a funkier, more abstract turn and the Apostles' "Super Strut" embodies the smooth yet funky style that came to characterize acid jazz as a whole.

Overall, The Story of Acid Jazz is a solid collection that should please acid jazz diehards and newcomers alike.

01 Frederick Lies Still - Galliano
02 Let The Good Times Roll - Quiet Boys/Galliano
03 I'm The One - D'Influence
04 Dream Come True - The Brand New Heavies
05 Never Stop - K-Collective
06 Sunship - Sunship
07 Stay This Way - The Brand New Heavies
08 Lucky Fellow - Snowboy/Noel McKoy
09 Livin' Life Your Own Way - Rose Windross
10 Taurus Woman - The Subterraneans
11 Girl Overboard - Snowboy/Anna Ross
12 Apple Green - Mother Earth
13 Super Strut - Apostles
14 Jesse - Mother Earth

Disk 2 to come soon.

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What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".