Beginning in the early 1970s, Gil Scott-Heron exploded on the scene with works of powerful social and political commentary reflecting the African American experience and struggle for justice, such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “We Almost Lost Detroit,” delivered in a style that became a major influence on the development of rap.
His work spoke to the times, and inevitably to ours. Camilo Estrada, musical director of this homage, believes Scott-Heron’s work should be better known and appreciated today.
“He deeply resonated with me and I started to have the feeling that his music was underappreciated and not as well-known as I feel like it deserves to be, especially with how relevant the things that he covers are,” says Estrada. Underpinning Scott-Heron’s singing and spoken-word performances was a band, led by collaborator Brian Jackson, that was an irresistible fusion of jazz, soul, and funk.
Estrada, who also plays electric bass with Seattle’s The New Triumph, presents a 10-piece all-star lineup of area musicians to perform the tribute.
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