poetry, rap, blues, jazz, soul
The great and uncompromising black master of funky poetry returns to form with a brilliant album after a long hiatus darkened by drugs and prison. Not to be missed!
Born in Chicago in 1949, but raised by his grand mother in Jackson, Tennessee, Gil Scott-Heron is the son of a Jamaican soccer star and a New Yorker singer. The young man with an impressive baritone voice started to make records at the dawn of the 70’s, often with his student buddy, pianist Brian Jackson. Scott-Heron’s style mixed a dangerously cool cocktail from blues, soul, jazz and significantly black poetry. He criticized the sore points of the American society with scathing humor, often mirroring them on his own experiences as an African-American. He became known through his ground-breaking song The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. “The Godfather of Rap” has so far made 13 albums, Pieces of A Man, Winter In America, First Minute of A New Day, Moving Target and the latest, I’m New Here, being among his best. On the new album his deep voice sounds even more experienced than before as it creates a surprising union between the blues and ominous trip-hop. In between Gil’s own songs, there is the title track by Bill “Smog” Callahan, Brook Benton’s soul classic I’ll Take Care of You and a blood-stopping techno version of Robert Johnson’s Me & The Devil Blues.