One of the last times I went to Garnick’s, Bobby, the record guy suggested I take this home. He knows how much we jazz and poetry. This was an excellent suggestion!
Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”, which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues”.
His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. His poetic style has influenced every generation of hip hop.
Brian Robert Jackson (born October 11, 1952) is a keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer. Working with numerous other artists, his own solo album didn’t come out until October 2000.
The two artists are most recognized for their collaborations which featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time. The songs were delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The sound of Jackson’s Rhodes electric piano and flute accompaniments featured prominently in many of their compositions.
Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day
Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
The Liberation Song (Red, Black and Green)
Must Be Something
Ain’t No Such Thing as Superman
Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon)
Winter in America