Acid Jazz Records

The Eastern Promise of Dexters

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

If it is folly to mistake the echo of a London pub for the voice of the kingdom (to paraphrase Jonathan Swift), then it's correct to state that such voices are often the first to articulate the iniquities of life on this island.

The Resurrection of Matt Deighton

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"There are woodpeckers in the garden," Matt Deighton tells me from his Welsh retreat. "No one's about here. It's the back of beyond and right up my street."

Picking Up Sticks: Tony Coote of the Steve Cradock Band

Jason Holmes | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

This is Frith Street. Tony Coote sits cocooned is his chair, words flowing between drags on his Camel Light.

Arthur Gun: Shooting From the Hip on the London Music Scene

Jason Holmes | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Serious-minded songwriters have returned. Gone is the foul, metastasising era of Stock Aitken and Waterman and their 'Hit Factory', swept aside at long last by a tide of musicians dedicated to making music of depth that resonates with a music-loving public, a public which is awakening from its own bad dream of botox, gussets and 'Zig-a-zig-ah'.

Let the Melody Ring On: Musical Faces to Watch Out For in 2013

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A love of live music pervades the club, rather than the sweaty media ambition of the mainstream, whose godheads can be identified as the millionaire prefab boy bands who some of us have learned to avoid.

Acid Jazz Records Hits 25: Let the Celebrations Begin

Jason Holmes | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Outside 108 Commercial Street, the scooters nose in like a shoal of robot fish. I make my way through the crowd. The sun has set and the towers around Liverpool Street loom over the roof of Spitalfields market. The guy on the door ticks my name off the list and I walk in and get handed a drink.

A Tale of Two Cities: Peckham Rye

Jason Holmes | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Style
Jason Holmes

When Jason Holmes met Martin Brighty, owner of Soho-based gentlemen's outfitter Peckham Rye, he discovered the latest chapter in a tailoring story tha...

One Sharp Cat: Nick Etwell

Jason Holmes | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Shoreditch in east London. It's in the Bricklayer's Arms that Nick Etwell greets me with a grin, a paisley scarf knotted around his throat.

Nigel Price: Striking Chords

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

To paraphrase a well-known British songwriter, he's got a pick in his pocket and it makes him a player. Nigel Price, one of the leading lights of the UK funk and jazz scene, spoke to Jason Holmes about his taste in music and how devotion to the guitar transformed his life.

You Don't Have to be a Mod to Work Here, But it Helps: Acid Jazz Supremo Eddie Piller Speaks

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

To the rear of an antiques cum junk shop on Bethnal Green Road lie the offices, or should I say office, of Eddie Piller, the brains behind one of the UK's most successful independent record labels, Acid Jazz Records, which was responsible for nurturing the musical talent of Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies and Mother Earth.