Acid Jazz & British Indie

A lot has happened since the early 80s but there hasn’t been another music revolution like punk. Acid jazz provided welcome respite from the late 80s dirge and I got into that big time – I still play a lot today – Ronny JordanCourtney PineUS3United Future OrganisationBrand New Heavies. There was also a rebirth of good indie at about the same time: The FarmInspiral Carpets, Primal Scream and The Charlatans for example. The acid jazz movement influenced British indie (notably Jamiroquai) but later in the 90s rekindled an interest in hip-hop – for me at least. Guru (Jazzmatazz) and Arrested Development are good examples.

In recent years the blend of hip hop and jazz has merged into reggae, with artists like Roots Manuva. Jazz is still progressing…