DJ Uilson - Professor Groove

I love it when I stumble across a new blog, and this one is definitely worth a mention. Not that they are new, they've been spinning the grooves since 06, and some awesome grooves they are. Everything from classic jazz to the hip hop that matters, you really need to check these guys out.

While I'm on the subject, keep an eye down the right hand side of this blog, I am constantly updating the list of bands, blogs, labels and podcasts. You could spend more than a couple of lazy afternoons perusing all the sites I have listed. Enjoy.

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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".