Gil Scott-Heron

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Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 ā€“ 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 collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues." His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.

Besides influencing contemporary musicians, Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I'm New Here. A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, The Last Holiday, was also published, posthumously in January 2012.

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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Small Talk at 125th and Lenox Gil Scott-Heron 2
1971 Pieces of a Man Gil Scott-Heron 3
1972 Free Will Gil Scott-Heron 3
1974 Winter in America Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 4
1975 From South Africa to South Carolina Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 3
1975 Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 2
1977 Bridges Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 2
1978 Secrets Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 1
1978 The Mind of Gil Scott Heron Gil Scott-Heron 2
1980 1980 Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 3
1980 Real Eyes Gil Scott-Heron 1
1981 Reflections Gil Scott-Heron 3
1982 Moving Target Gil Scott-Heron 3
1994 Spirits Gil Scott-Heron 1
2010 Iā€™m New Here Gil Scott-Heron 5 4
2011 We're New Here Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx 3
2014 Nothing New Gil Scott-Heron 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 The Best Of Gil Scott-Heron Gil Scott-Heron 1
1988 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Gil Scott-Heron 2
1990 Glory: The Gil Scott-Heron Collection Gil Scott-Heron 1
1998 Ghetto Style Gil Scott-Heron 1
1999 Evolution (And Flashback) Gil Scott-Heron 1
2005 Anthology: Messages Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 1
2006 The Best of Gil Scott Heron Gil Scott-Heron 1
2009 Storm Music: The best of Gil Scott-Heron 1
2011 Original Album Classics Gil Scott-Heron 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 It's Your World Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson 1
2004 Save the Children: Live in Concert Gil Scott-Heron 4 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Re-Ron Gil Scott-Heron 1
2010 NY Is Killing Me Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx 2
2011 I'll Take Care of U Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Revolution Begins: The Flying Dutchman Masters Gil Scott-Heron 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Tales of Gil Scott-Heron Gil Scott-Heron 1

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