Here’s a rough & ready little gem of a movie that film editor Paul Bates found in his archive. Acid Jazz… the word! It’s 30 minutes long and 21 years old.
This brought back a few memories. According to Paul, who edited it and added a little slo-mo and a few effects, the title sequence was shot on a roof in Waterloo while everything else was shot on one camera at those sweaty, smokey, down and dirty Talking Loud & Saying Something sessions at Dingwalls on various Sunday afternoons back in 1990.
Acid what? Adid Jazz? Get the word from a fresh faced version of yours truly, an impish Gilles Peterson and Acid Jazz boss Eddie Piller. Musicians in the mix include James Taylor, reflecting on how the quartet he and Eddie P had thrown together for a gig became a phenomenon, the pre Ndea Davernport Brand New Heavies, Southend’s Mr Hard hands – Snowboy- with his the Latin Section and a very dynamic Steve Williamson taking flight on the tenor!
Apparently, the driving force behind the project was one Tony “Crash” Williams – a runner/tape-op, he was responsible for the interviews, the dancers and much else besides. Basically, it’s was a labour of love crafted in their spare time.