Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson, Midnight Band|
First Minute of a New Day (Reis)
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
If you're considering digging into the stack of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson reissues, this is the place to start. First Minute is one fantastic, seminal album--just bursting with Jackson's serious piano, Bilal Sunni ... more »
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If you're considering digging into the stack of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson reissues, this is the place to start. First Minute is one fantastic, seminal album--just bursting with Jackson's serious piano, Bilal Sunni Ali's deluxe woodwinds, and Barnett Williams and Charlie Saunders's relentless percussion. The entire Midnight Band, in fact, positively struts, cajoles, and freaks the funk out all over this 1975 powerhouse. Scott-Heron himself raps ("Pardon Our Analysis"), rocks ("The Liberation Song"), and rolls ("Alluswe") in that magic voice that critic Neil Tesser once described as "mahogany, sunshine, and tears." First Minute also boasts the Scott-Heron classics "Ain't No Such Thing As Superman" and "Winter in America." The 11-minute bonus track, "A Talk," makes this set nearly indispensable. --Michael Ruby
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Magnifico! and timeless...
Maria-Rosa de Hacia | 01/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the opening strains of "Offering" ("We have...something to offer you...") to the final crescendo of the touching "Alluswe", the music flows with sincerity and power. While I'm not as enamoured of the spoken tracks (a bit too preachy and dated), the music holds up well 25 years later.This is a band with fine soloists (Brian Jackson on keyboards, Bilal Sunni Ali on sax, and of course, Gil Scott-Heron's soulful singing), soaring harmony (esp. on "Must Be Something"), atmospheric arrangements ("Western Sunrise", "Guerilla", "Offering"), and driving rhythm ("Liberation Song" and "Superman"). All this without any guitar in the group. But you really don't miss it...I hear a strong Coltrane influence in Ali's sax playing, am hauntingly touched by Jackson's piano on "Alluswe" (my favorite track on this disc), and while the lyrical content might seem off-putting to a capitalist such as myself I am nevertheless reminded that we all must never lose touch with our innate humanity. (Stevie Wonder's music of this time also serves this purpose for me.) To paraphrase Casey Kasem, one must always keep "your feet on the ground", even while reaching for the stars!The Midnight Band are eternal. I expect to be enjoying this album many years into the future, as I have over the past quarter century."
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Maria-Rosa de Hacia | 06/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellence in musicanship & content. This is what conscious music is supossed to sound like. Gil is one of the pioneers in rap & hip-hop ( with James Brown, George Clinton & The Last Poets)."Must be Something","Ain't no such Thing as Superman","Winter in Amerika","Offering",&"The Liberation Song" and my personal favorites "Pardon our Analysis" &"Guerilla". Gil Scott-Heron & The Last Poets were my introduction into politically aware musicians.The artwork alone, by Brother Ron ( the Iceman) is worth more than the price of entry. "I believe we will see us in my lifetime, standing tall on a mountain letting our light shine"..............Buy anything with this Brothers name on it."
At the top of his form!
Wilfred B. Portier | usa | 06/19/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"GS and BJ were a awsome duo.You don't have to agree with the politics in order to enjoy it. He is an powerful musical poet who recorded a string of jamming albums that moved your soul as well as your feet. GS is a balladeer of moving emotions just listen to "Winter in America". One only hopes that he can shake his demons and return to form! Buy It!"