Posts Tagged ‘Gil Scott-Heron’

Listen: Oooh Child Ensemble, ‘Rebirth’

OutKast poet Big Rube anchors the guaguanco-infused jazz track by Drew Kid's ensemble.

Don’t Be Bored: Gil Scott-Heron Experience, Deep House

After Gil Scott-Heron died last May, some of his former collaborators got together and formed The Gil Scott-Heron Experience. The six-piece band includes members of Scott-Heron's erstwhile groups Midnight Band and Amnesia Express. "Their mission," according to this press blurb, is "to honor Gil's legacy of 40 years of working for peace and standing for human rights." [...]

The Wu Meets Gil on Tribute EP

This past spring, D.C.-based DJ 2-Tone Jones and his business partner Gerald Watson released Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber, an effective mashup of classic Wu-Tang verses and abstract jazz loops. On "Baby I Got Yo' Love," for instance, 2-Tone mixed the vocals of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Yo' Money" atop Lonnie Liston Smith's "Love Beams." "The Brew Out" blended [...]

X.O. Talks Monumental II, Becoming a Brand

The last time we heard an X.O. solo recording—the celebratory One.One.Ten, released on Jan. 1 of last year—the Northwest D.C. native seemed comfortable with his place among the region's hip-hop elite.
One year later, X.O. sounds restless on Monumental II, a 17-track mixtape of familiar soul samples, reflective anecdotes, and aggressive lyricism released today. Monumental II is the [...]

Gil Scott-Heron Recorded Here

In the early 1980s, poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron made the D.C. region a home away from home. In spring 1981, he visited Bias Studios in Springfield, Va., to record songs for his Reflections album. Less than a year later, Scott-Heron returned to the quaint studio and laid down tracks for his thoughtful Moving Target LP, which [...]

Arts Roundup: City Lights Drama! Edition

Hey all, here's a peak at the goings on at the Washington City Paper headquarters around 5 p.m. last night:
So, it was announced yesterday that Gil Scott-Heron canceled his scheduled appearances at Blues Alley, set to take place tonight through Sunday. "Health problems," the performer claimed. It put us in a real bind, because he [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 17-23: Nordic Jazz, Nasar Abadey, and More

Thursday, June 17
Festival season continues. They don't call it a festival, but Nordic Jazz Week is a small one in all but name, this year featuring three nights of music by bands from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway, sponsored by those nations' embassies. (A great set of photos from last year's concerts is here.) [...]