Vital Ingredients



For a short time in the late ’80s, before it became synonymous with bar muzak and mediocre funk covers, ‘acid jazz’ was interesting. We weren’t sure if the term referred to rediscovered B3-driven tracks by the likes of Charles Kynard, as one compilation seemed to imply, or new recordings inspired by these (I always took it to mean the latter) – and then of course there was Eddie Pillar’s record label. It didn’t take long before the sanitized cover versions and JTQ-soundalikes made us decide the stuff from the 60s and 70s was just much, much better. But I still remember those early records from ’88-’90 fondly, and looking back what’s interesting is how the ’80s production sound (which later groups did so much to avoid in their attempts to sound authentic) makes them kinda interesting in a way most retro funk records that have come out since just aren’t.

  1. A.P.B. – A Man Called Adam
  2. And Now We Have Rhythm – Night Trains
  3. The Killer – Night Trains
  4. Ace Of Clubs – Ace Of Clubs
  5. Control Yourself Cousin – Homeboy
  6. BNH – The Brand New Heavies
  7. Just Dream – Mac Pac
  8. Positive (Melow Mix) – Working Week
  9. Shaft In Acton – AJA
  10. Wait A Minute – The James Taylor Quartet
  11. Rock Hopper – The Hip Joints
  12. Make Way For The Originals – Izit
  13. Eleven Thru Seven – The James Taylor Quartet


~ by ricardosevere on 08/19/2012.

7 Responses to “Vital Ingredients”

  1. Takes me back to seeing JTQ a The Wag, Dingwalls (BNH, Galliano, Mother Earth, Carleen Anderson, Young Disciples), The Emerald Centre (in Hammersmith). I still remember hearing Step Right On at Norman Jay’s Original Musicquarium at The Bass Clef on a cold wet Monday night. The sound track to my early clubbing years (along with that slow early house from around 88). Nice one,

  2. […] trip hop, and a lot of artists put in that category probably resent the term anyway (just like Acid Jazz). Nevertheless, a lot of great down-tempo instrumental tracks came out in the 90′s. The west […]

  3. […] and it was terrifying the tabloids. Those of us still after rare groove turned to the emerging acid jazz scene at places like Dingwalls and Jazzadelic, but most clubs were playing 4-to-the-floor. More […]

  4. […] and Brazilian samples. The result – sometimes called ‘nu jazz’ – emerged from the acid jazz scene but arguably stood the test of time  better and also outlived the jazzy hip hop Gangstarr […]

  5. […] scene tailed off and house music began to dominate in late 80’s London, one response was acid jazz; another was a new blend of street soul/funk typified by Soul II Soul. Jazzie B’s journey […]

  6. […] meanwhile, is classic 80’s jazz-pop. Guitarist Simon Booth would go on to be part of the Acid Jazz Alliance. He also did the soundtrack to another Comic Strip film, Supergrass, which coincidentally features […]

  7. […] Charles Earland track is a departure from the earlier Prestige sound that inspired acid jazz and this was the soundtrack to my recent record room revamp. In The Middle is the flip to I Hear […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: