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At Last, the Word Is Out; The Influential Scott-Heron, Finally on CD
[FINAL Edition]
The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Musical recordings; Popular music; Rap music
Author: Harrington, Richard
Date: Jun 3, 1998
Start Page: D.05
Section: STYLE

Shame on the music industry for waiting so long to make available on CD the catalogue of longtime Washingtonian Gil Scott-Heron. After all, Scott-Heron's work presaged not only conscious rap and poetry slams, but also acid jazz, particularly during his rewarding collaboration with composer-keyboardist-flutist Brian Jackson in the mid- and late '70s. Three albums from that period mark the first wave of reissues from TVT and Rumal-Gia, Scott-Heron's new label; an additional 10 albums (of 20 recorded) will be out by the end of the year.

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