Acid Jazz Records

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Acid Jazz is a record label based in east London. It takes its name from acid jazz, a genre of jazz music. Alternative version states that the genre itself was named after the record label. Radio and club DJ Chris Bangs is credited with coining the phrase acid jazz in the late 1980s.[1]


“We put on this old 7-inch by Mickey and the Soul Generation which was a rare groove record with a mad rock guitar intro and no beat. I started vari-speeding it so it sounded all warped. Chris Bangs got on the microphone and said, 'If that was acid house, this is acid jazz'. That's how acid jazz started, just a joke!”

 — Peterson describing a time DJ'ing at Dingwalls, Camden, London.[1]

Gilles Peterson teamed up with Eddie Piller to form the record label Acid Jazz, shortly after Bangs had coined the phrase. Piller had previously managed the James Taylor Quartet.

The label's first signing was singer-songwriter Rob Gallagher's band, Galliano.


The first single from Acid Jazz was "Frederick Lies Still" from Galliano and was followed by albums by individual bands such as the Brand New Heavies, New Jersey Kings, Mother Earth, the Sandals as well as the production of compilation albums such as the Totally Wired series, and special albums dedicated to jazz, dub or compilation albums with a focus on music emerging from a particular country (for example, Sweden). Acid Jazz as a label responded flexibly to developments occurring over the 1990s and released material covering jazz (Ed Jones, Ulf Sandberg), soul (Brand New Heavies, Rose Windross, D-Influence), jazz rap (Humble Souls, Sandals), retro-kitsch (Corduroy) and dub (Hazardous Dub Company). Despite releasing a number of Latin inspired albums, Snowboy produced a number of twelve inch singles reminiscent of 1970s soul, such as Lucky Fellow (with Noel Mckoy) and Girl Overboard (featuring Anna Ross).

The compilation album, The Story of Acid Jazz, (Various Artists) chronicled some of the label's artists over the years: Format - Double CD, Catalogue No - METRDCD507.


Artists who have recorded with Acid Jazz Records include[edit]

Jamiroquai, The James Taylor Quartet, A Man Called Adam, The Brand New Heavies, Mother Earth, Skunkhour, Goldbug, Emperors New Clothes, Humble Souls, Snowboy, Manasseh Meets The Equalizer, Night Trains, Mister Exe, Erobique, Tito Lopez Combo, Smoove, Speak Low, Lord Large, Clem Curtis, Akimbo, Andy Lewis, Twisted Tongue, The Filthy Six, John's Children, Tony Christie, Matt Berry, Kenny Bernard & The Wranglers, The Red Inspectors, The Broken Vinyl Club, The Moons, Jasmine Kara, Janice Graham Band, Pleasurebeach, Gregory Isaacs, Benjamin Zephaniah, Speak Low, DJ Naked

Artists who have been re-released by Acid Jazz Records include[edit]

Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds.

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