Smoove - Gravy: Remixes & Rarities

This is the first of Acid Jazz’s 20th Anniversary projects. The iconic East London label that brought you Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, JTQ, Terry Callier and countless other jazz funk and soul nuggets celebrates it’s 20th year this October. The powers that be have invited the northern monkey, DJ and re-mixer that is SMOOVE to take his pick from the legendary ACID JAZZ catalogue in order to come up with a number of remixes that celebrate the history of the label. A few of them are mixes of his own material (Dead Men’s Shirts – AJX LP/CD 164), but others feature Soul II Soul vocalist Rose Windross, northern soul legend Dean Parrish, acid jazz originators The Bukky Leo Quintet (which was the only project ever co-produced by the label’s originators Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller), and a version of the top ten R’n’B hit from Andy Lewis which features the vocals of Curtis Mayfield protégé Keni Burke.

This is one for the dancefloor and the first of several projects to celebrate the label’s 20th birthday:

1. I'm A Man - Roberts, Dan
2. Looking Up Looking In - Lewis, Andy
3. Left Right And Centre - Lord Large & Dean Parrish
4. As If - Smoove (1)
5. Can I Be Your Man - Jinrai
6. All This Love That I'm Giving - Smoove & Mary Awere
7. Love In The Making - Windross, Rose
8. Tired Feet - Smoove (1)
9. Rejoice In The Righteousness - Leo, Bukky Quintet & Darren Grainger
10. Love Is Alive In My Heart - Lewis, Andy & Keni Burke

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acidjazzy said...

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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".