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Gil Scott-Heron dies, aged 62. R.I.P.

One of the seminal black artists who rose to prominence in the 70’s,  Scott-Heron was something of a pioneer. He’s been labelled as the Godfather of rap, but he was much more than that, and it seemed to be a title he wore uneasily. his sparse rhythms and street poetry were of a higher order than most of what gets churned out today. My favourite track of his was “The Bottle” – and I was lucky enough to meet him when our bands were staying in the same hotel in Essen, Germany, back in the 90’s.

Rest in Peace, Gil, and thanks for the music.

Kev Moore

May 28, 2011 - Posted by | Jazz Rock, Music, Recording, Thoughts, Touring, Video, Writing | , , , , , ,


  1. Hi Kev – Thanks for your tribute.

    So, another musical hero is laid to rest, but he leaves a great legacy of music, always thought-provoking and deadly accurate in finding the target.

    I bought “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” about 40 years ago (phew)and love those great tracks including “The Bottle” & “Lady Day & John Coltrane”.

    I’d hardly heard of either legend at that time, but GSH put the names in my mind to check out, thereby leading me to discover the riches in the catalogues of those geniuses – and the wider world of jazz.

    His later albums with Brian Jackson are also classics, truly individual and radical music that has a fantastic jazzy feel.

    We saw him fronting his fantastic band a good few years back now, at a little club in Derby; one of the great gigs that will stay in my memory. He was just so cooool!!

    It’s great that you also got to meet him; I think we got to shake his hand that night, but I’d really have had no idea what to say to him if the opportunity arose.

    Then again, Gil had so much that he said for the rest of us, so I’ll dig out the highly-recommended RCA reissue CD of TRWNBT and some more of his stuff, and hope that our appreciation of the man will alert others to the power and glory of his musical message.

    Comment by David Mortimer | May 29, 2011

  2. Hi Dave – thanks for your thoughts!

    I’m sure future generations will delve back and discover Gil’s musical legacy, and through his music he’ll continue to provoke and inspire.

    Comment by kevmoore | May 29, 2011

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