Thursday, 15 April 2010
I'm getting more and more excited about seeing Gil Scott-Heron playing live next week. I'm loving his new album. Please buy it, if you haven't already. I'm not so sure about the production on some of the songs, but his voice and words make up for it. He sounds older and plaintive as usual, which adds up to it being quite melancholic but wonderful. It's going to be an emosh one, seeing him play. (And pretty cool to pass this poster in my local tube station this morning.)
Another ancient voice, Steve Reid, sadly passed away this week. The drummer who provided the heartbeat for James Brown, Motown, Miles Davis, Sun Ra and more, he was still active on the contemporary scene, inspiring and creating. Read an eloquent tribute to him here. Hear him playing live in London in 2008 and a tribute to his music by Gilles Peterson here. Inspirational listening.