Tuesday, April 19, 2011

pieces of a man

Urban poet Gil Scott-Heron made a dramatic leap forward when he began recording his second album with a band and fused funk, rock, jazz, and soul. He co-wrote most of the songs with keyboardist Brian Jackson; but lyrically the vision is all his own. Heron refers to his style as "bluesology, the science of how things feel", which aptly describes the dark and challenging depictions of hope and despair on 'Pieces Of A Man'.

The proto-rap manifesto 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' was originally recorded for his first album 'Small Talk at 125th and Lenox' with only congas and bongos.

"The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live."

'Lady Day and John Coltrane' is a soaring tribute to the healing power of music.

"They’ll wash your troubles, your troubles, your troubles away"

'Pieces Of A Man'
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