Tuesday, May 31, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

This past holiday weekend saw the passing of a wonderful and temperamental artist in Gil Scott-Heron
There have been a few tributes and recollections posted around the old interwebs today for the man, so I won't go into much detail as you can click the links and read them for yourself, but I was turned on to the artist back in college from my friend Steve who burned me a completion of his tracks.  Of course "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was on there
and while it is still powerful and his obvious high water mark, I enjoyed the free jazz and musical backing, along with the cutting/poetic lyrics of "H20 Gate Blues" just as much:

 His newest release I'm New Here was gaining some chatter last year, unfortunately I haven't checked out the full album yet, hope to remedy that soon. 
The country lost a very unique American artist this weekend, so if you haven't checked him out yet give him a listen.  Safe travels to the hereafter and whatever lies beyond Gil. 

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