Gil Scott-Heron was a jazz and soul, musician, and author, known for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and 1980s. With a wide range of diverse fans he delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles. He referred to himself as a “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”
After a 16 year stretch he recorded his last album released in 2010 entitled I’m New Here. A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, April 27, 2011. In looking through his video footage today, I chose one in particular besides Gils obvious talent and the amazing Midnight Band, was because of something he said before he starts his performance at the half way point in the video. He said “Every once in awhile I have gone into record stores lately and found our music in a category called miscellaneous. Bothered the hell out of me. Folks are often to anxious to put things into various little compartments. To often they are to anxious to sweep certain sorts of music under the corner of the rug. We find that this is particularly true with music that they refer to as jazz.”
Update: This video was deleted unfortunately on youtube, so I have reposted two more videos instead. The first one is Gil Scott-Heron “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” an excellent 60 minute documentary. The second one is Gil Scott-Heron “Is That Jazz” performed live.
Check out Gil Scott-Heron’s last album “I’m New Here” on iTunes MUSIC. And while you are there browse and listen to all of his work and you will understand why he became a cult classic and an inspiration for many new artists.
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Volume Two of “Keepin’ It Soul” by RhythmDB is available now on itunes and Podbean. With music by Jill Scott, Kindred The Family Soul, Jay Z , Kelly Price, Raw Artistic Soul, Jennifer Hudson, DJ Jazzy Jeff & much more. A variety of new and old Soul, Jazz, R&B, Downbeats and Mellow House blended together in a smooth collection by RhythmDB. For full Playlist see below.
Links… Available now on iTunes FREE DOWNLOAD through HarlemCondoLife and also on RhythmDB Podcasts. Also via Podbean for streaming.
That Way – Wale (Instrumental Dub)
Take A Look Around – Kindred The Family Soul
Trippin’ – Eric Benet
Nice Spirits – Skrillex (Phonat Remix)
Isn’t It Romantic? – Mel Tome (Paul & Price Remix)
New Day – Jay Z & Kanye West (Extended Mix)
You Ain’t No Good – The Bamboos
Don’t Look Down – Jennifer Hudson
Fela Brasil – Raw Artistic Soul
Fall In Love (Your Funeral) – Erykah Badu
I Miss You – Beyonce
I’m Beginning to See the Light – Ella Fitzgerald (Rondo Brothers Mix)
Intervention – Kelly Price
You Got Love ft. Snoop Dogg – Kindred The Family Soul (Remix)
The Journey ft. Ursula Rucker – Kraak & Smaak
Night In Tunisia – Duke Jordan (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)
Stargazer – Thievery Corporation
Amazing Place – Karu
Until Then (I Imagine) – Jill Scott
I’m New Here – Gil Scott-Heron/R.I.P (Jamie xx mix)
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Gil Scott-Heron, poet and musician, has died at 62. A Harlem resident and neighbor who resided on East 112th street who was considered by many as the Godfather of Rap. He died on May 27, 2011 on Friday afternoon in New York. He became sick after a European trip. Credited with being one of the progenitors of hip hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Like many other music greats he struggled with substance abuse but continued to share his music and talent throughout the years. One of his recent projects “I’m New Here” released in February 2010 was received with much critical acclaim. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/im-new-here-bonus-track-version/id351170362
Here is an excerpt from a video clip of Gil-Scott in his own words…. (from Racialicious by Arturo on May 28, 2011)
“The catchphrase, what that was all about, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ that was about the fact that the first change that takes place is in your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you live and the way you move. So when we said that ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,’ we were saying that the thing that’s gonna change people is something that no one will ever be able to capture on film. It will just be something that you see, and all of a sudden you realize I’m on the wrong page, or I’m on the right page but I’m on the wrong note, and I’ve got to get in sync with everyone else to understand what’s happening in this country.
But I think that the Black Americans have been the only die-hard Americans here, because we’re the only ones who carried the process through the process that everyone else has to sort of skip stages. We’re the ones who march, we’re the ones who carry the Bible, we’re the ones who carry the flag, we’re the ones who have to go through the courts, and being born American didn’t seem to matter, because we were born American, but we still had to fight for what we were looking for, and we still had to go through those channels and those processes.”
– Mediaburn, 1991
Rest in Peace. Gil Scott-Heron will be missed.
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