Gil Scott-Heron Celebrates New Record New York’s Blue Note!

Once you’ve been branded a rabble rouser, it’s hard to shake that image. But for legendary soul artist, poet and activist Gil Scott-Heron, he’s seemingly put all that behind him. Tuesday night at New York’s famed Blue Note Jazz Club, the 60-year-old celebrated the release of ‘I’m New Here,’ his first set of new material since 1994’s ‘Spirits.’

He was in such a good mood, his set opened with what essentially was a 15-minute stand-up bit. And guess what? He’s hysterical. He cracked jokes about his Tennessee origins, saying that he grew up knowing everyone in the state, including Davey Crockett and Smokey the Bear. He discussed music critics’ love of his recent absence, asking how a person could not do anything for 15 straight years. And he brought up his computer, saying that he wasn’t too keen on Windows operating systems. Full Story at Spinner


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