Remembering Gil Scott-Heron…

June 1st, 2011, 1:20 pm by Greg

So, Dave, “Another one bites the dust,” in the words of Freddie Mercury of Queen, who in fact bit the dust himself.

Saw G S-H at the Palace around the height of his fame and influence; the Crusaders opened and were smooth and sweet, so it was an odd, odd bill. G ranted-rapped with Brian Jackson and the Midnight Band, an OK-if-generic funk outfit – a jazz-rock sonic billboard for his words – but ain’t nothin’ generic about G.

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RIP: Gil Scott-Heron, 1949-2011

May 31st, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Gil Scott-Heron
Poet, musician, author and activist…

Gil Scott-Heron, who died on Friday, was all of those things… and more. He’s been called “the Godfather of Hip-Hop” and “the black Bob Dylan.”

He made his recording debut back in 1970 with “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox,” and recorded more than a dozen albums over the course of the next 12 years. His most recent album, last year’s “I’m New Here,” was his first new studio album in more than 15 years.

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