One of the greatest progenitors of hip hop music, Gil Scott-Heron’s poetry inspired a legion of rappers artists while his engaging songwriting skills placed him square in the R&B charts
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Bridges
Words from Gil Scott-Heron
“Brian Jackson and I have been writing music and performing together since 1969. From January of 1970 when we started traveling as the nucleus of a group called “Black & Blues” til now, mid ’77, responses to our music from communities both far and near, have given us an opportunity to take our art to the streets and stages and share it with people we might otherwise never encoutered. Somehow, in even the most distant setting, the warmth and sincerity of the brothers and sisters we have come in contact with, has made us feel at home. Music has been our common denominator ; our vehicle ; the mutual vibration that gave us a focus, but the ideas and spirit behind the music has been the adhesive and inspiration for continued attempts to communicate (…) “Bridges” is a collection of song of musicians moving “on the road”, but hopefully there is a flavor of the concepts concerned in what you learn as a visitor / traveler. Since 1974 I have been organizing ideas that concerned places. “Johannesburg” and “South Carolina”, places I had never visited, conjured up images that came out music. “New York City” and “Delta Man” were descriptions of spaces I had shared and blues vibrations I had touched. (Gil Scott-Heron)”
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