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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