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Acid Jazz - Released September 6, 2019 | Acid Jazz

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At the end of the 80s, England discovered acid jazz, a genre that combines elements of funk, soul, disco and jazz fusion. It was hugely popular, especially thanks to artists such as Incognito, the Young Disciples, Galliano, Us3, Corduroy, Snowboy, the Sandals and even Jamiroquai. In 1987, the DJs Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller even dedicated a label to the genre, Acid Jazz Records. Within this groovy movement, which finally started to decline at the end of the 90s, The Brand New Heavies were one of the torchbearers, largely thanks to the energy injected by the various singers including N’Dea Davenport, Siedah Garrett and Carleen Anderson. The gang led by Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy has never stopped making music, and over the years and albums they’ve always had a hardcore fan base. This 2019 vintage, simply named TBNH, marks a turning point as it has been released on Acid Jazz Records. The album boast a 5-star line-up of singers including Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Siedah Garrett, Angela Ricci, Jack Knight, Honey Larochelle, Laville and even N'Dea Davenport with a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s These Walls, produced here by none other than Mark Ronson. The record is a wonderfully funky toe-tapper that combines Stevie Wonder-style soul, Roy Ayers-esque funk, disco à la Chic and Herbie Hancock-like jazz rock. In short, all well-known ingredients that Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy cook up with exceptional know-how. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released August 11, 2014 | Acid Jazz

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released September 16, 2013 | Acid Jazz

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Acid Jazz - Released October 2, 2009 | TBNH

"Greatest Hits Live Featuring N'Dea Davenport," reads a banner on the album cover of the Brand New Heavies' two-CD set Live in London, which answers questions about the repertoire and the identity of the frontwoman, thus reassuring fans. In this concert at the O2 Arena, described by Davenport as "kind of like our ‘welcome home' show in some respects," the Brand New Heavies are on their home turf, and after some funky instrumentals they do indeed go through many of their U.K. hits to the delight of the crowd. Davenport is even willing to take on numbers like "Sometimes" and "You Are the Universe," co-written and originally sung by one of her temporary successors, Siedah Garrett. Not all the hits are included, however, with the band's sole Top Ten, "You've Got a Friend," notably absent. Still, there is plenty of the Brand New Heavies' patented neo-soul playing to be heard, with Simon Bartholomew's guitar, the horns, and even Jan Kincaid's drums getting solo space. But Davenport proves the focus of attention, exhorting the crowd, complaining about the lighting, and singing forcefully. The album makes a good souvenir of a veteran band playing most of its best-known material to its most faithful fans. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Acid Jazz - Released January 1, 1992 | Acid Jazz

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released September 16, 2013 | Acid Jazz

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Acid Jazz - Released October 2, 2009 | TBNH

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Pop - Released October 18, 2019 | Acid Jazz

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Soul - Released October 16, 2006 | TBNH Ltd

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Funk - Released May 21, 2013 | Shanachie

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Acid Jazz - Released December 15, 2017 | London Music Stream - Because Music

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Soul - Released April 26, 2010 | TBNH Ltd.