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Acid Jazz

One of the most stylish areas of modern music. The style of acid jazz comes from American jazz. Jazz began to develop in the 20s, in the 30s it was already very popular all over the world. In the 70s there was a leap, it was rather the merit of the first analog synthesizers, after their appearance jazz crossed with new sounds of the synthesizer. Science and technology had an increasing influence and many musicians began to use new synthesizers and computers.

Musicians began to fantasize and use new sounds, sounds processed by modern technology at that time. So simple jazz mutated into acid jazz. The new style was interesting and not ordinary, and many brought something new to it. The mutated style squeezed the best out of different styles. Acid jazz was born among the people and his people himself and created literally on the street, it is now often played at serious and expensive events. The origin of the term Esid Jazz is often a myth, but according to one version, the first time this expression was introduced by the British Chris Bangs. Making music by the Acid House in the very early stages of its inception, Chris and his partner Gilles Peterson were addicted to retro funky-jazz samples, or in other words, a retro funky-jazz source for experimenting with Acid House. Once directly during the mix, varying the speed of the turntable to achieve an eshidhaus effect, Chris Bangs announced something like this: “All the garbage, guys, this is the acid jazz!” That was the beginning.

In the future, the partner of Bangs Gilles Peterson developed this concept and invention. Acid was avant-garde and was able to change the whole musical culture. Gilles Peterson tried to make jazz become part of this process. Peterson focused on playing retro music, mixing it with the latest dance styles. There is also another version, it can be considered that acid jazz was truly established at Dingwalls parties in London, where for four and a half years experiments were conducted on a compact dance floor with a multivariate mixture of jazz, latin, hip-hop and house. These experiments began to gain increasing fame and spread in their own, most diverse versions of Germany, Switzerland, Italy and beyond. Accordingly, the concept of Acid jazz began to receive more and more interpretations among many people.

The style evolved and even created new ones so soon soul jazz was born. Already in the sixties, jazz entered into a dialogue with developing popular music, which entailed some changes in the rhythmic basis of jazz itself. What and how it turned out when mixing jazz with rhythm and blues, latin, soul, liked the traditional jazz audience, but was even more suitable for the DJ and their audience. There is another point of view on the development of acid jazz, though it affects jazz hip hop more, but at the same time affects the idea of ​​the emergence and development of acid jazz in general. Until the beginning of the 90s, the mixing of rap hip-hop and jazz was still new and fresh: the sound of wind instruments was as if from the old days, but vocals and percussion gave relevance. In the second half of the 70s in London, a new jazz scene was formed thanks to the British bands that revived soul and this new wave was called rare groove. This new wave preserved jazz funk of the late 60’s and protected this music and audience from the influence of American disco and rock and roll.

But in the meantime, in the United States and in Canada, hip hop was acquiring an increasingly jazz sound. And after Greg Osby released his Street Jazz, they began to say that new street energy came into jazz and jazz got a new audience – youth. Like in London, bands playing freestyle Hiphop began to appear at the turn of the century 80-90 across America, which was especially convenient, as the youth audience for the most part did not know jazz.

With the growth of jazz hiphop as a genre, alternative and even pop scenes began to pay attention to it. Thus, according to music critics, primarily American ones, the beginning of the 90s brought street energy to jazz and gave it a new impetus, a new audience. For a modern composition to be safely called stylish, you need to hear the following minimum in it: a confident dance or, on the contrary, a veiled groove created by bass and drums; two or three key sequences, chord or melodic; solo or tutti parts of the pipe: trumpet, trombone, saxophone.

The current state of things in music, characterized by the penetration of one style into another, contributes to the fact that acid jazz falls into almost any category. Acid jazz is the imposition and intersection of several genres, perhaps even several times in one song. Impact speed 80 – 126 BPM.

I recommend: Brand New Heavies, James Hardway, Digable Planets, Jamiroquai, Miles Davis, Red Snapper.

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