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Had Revive been a magazine during the ’70s, then Gil Scott-Heron would have made the front page regularly. The “bluesologist” (as he liked to call himself) keep reading »

Every year we have writers comb through the countless shows at Winter JazzFest without much of a prompting to see what they make it to and what new up-and-coming music they can find as well as which of their favorites puts on the best shows. Check out one of our writer’s walk through Winter JazzFest2013!

Giant Step is producing a monumental tribute concert the the late Gil Scott-Heron. The concert will explore “the soul, vitality, power, humor, social activism, humanity and dynamic messages through an enthralling musical, visual and interactive arts journey.”

Longtime collaborator to such as greats as Santana, Tony Toni Tone, En Vogue, Sheila E, Destiny’s Child, and more, trumpet maestro Bill Ortiz is gearing up for the regular release of his new solo EP entitled Winter in America. The EP was recently distributed direct to fans, but will be on full release 1/31/12 and will serve to make up part of Ortiz’s forthcoming Highest Wish album. The title track of the EP, “Winter in America” is a cover of a Gil Scott-Heron tune. “We often celebrate ignorance in our society, so I wanted to celebrate consciousness,” Ortiz explains.

Shaolin Jazz presents The Gil Scott Suite; a tribute to the late Gil Scott-Heron. The EP contains 3 tracks that feature samples from his work blended with select Wu-Tang acapellas, along with cover art created by Shamona Stokes; winner of the Shaolin Jazz Cover Art Remix contest.

We lost a legend on Friday May 27, 2011 when influential poet, musician, and author Gil Scott-Heron passed. The roots of modern jazz, soul, hip-hop, and poetry can be traced back to his early works. The way rappers rhyme and the way musicians frame phrases are among the products of the revolution he posed to the world. Moreover, in recent years as hip-hop artists began to sample his work, GSH did not just sit back and watch. Instead on his 2010 release, I’m Here Now, he sampled Kanye West in a move that spoke to the fact that his creativity never ended.

Called cultural nationalist, “musical prophet”, dissident, griot and icon. Called “the lone prince of the Black Arts Movement,” culture-bearer, provocateur, street scholar and bluesologist. On Friday May 27, Gil (Gilbert) Scott-Heron, an architect of hip-hop culture, whose voice defined a collective movement for black liberation, passed away. Just a teenager when the Black Arts Movement began in Harlem, Scott-Heron’s body of work and aesthetics of resistance has come to define the pain, oppression, complexity and beauty that sparked and sustained the Black Power Movement.

What Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson achieved with Winter In America was a deftly scored illustration of the streets with the understanding that they were the proprietors of a national platform with the potential to amplify the voiceless as effectively as the evening news projected world leaders. This was recording as a conduit for change without the flourishes of major soul music or the hymns of longhaired rebellion coming from American folk rock.

From a musical and rhythm standpoint, the Last Poets were heavily influenced by jazz. Typically using drums, hand percussions, and vocal techniques emulating the reverberation of additional percussions, playing back and forth polyrhythmically, their use of rhyme was strategic but effortless. The clever use of repetition, literary devices, and tone manipulation are obvious precursors to early hip-hop. Another important element was that of improvisation. The volleying of sounds, syllables, themes; the layering of choral voices, changes in octave and intonation, were done on the spot and became an important components of performance art.