Gil Scott Heron - Tributes


"RIP GSH..and we do what we do and how we do because of you. And to those that don't know tip your hat with a hand over your heart & recognize."
Chuck D.

Awoke today with word that another beautiful creative soul has passed on. Gil Scott Heron was of course a huge inspiration for many. The passing of a master lyricist, singer, orator, keyboard player, and above all a man with unparalleled spirit. He channeled something that people derived huge benefit from. Blessed with fierce intelligence, and a way with words which was untouchable; an incredible sense of humour and a gentleness and humanity that was unique to him, GSH - with his deep raspy baritone - schooled a generation in the way only he knew how.


One of the most most beautiful Gil Scott Heron tributes, is put together by the Polish vinyl only blog Soul-jazz.

"Sometimes less means more and that is why the second part Soul-jazz tribute podcast series lasts for not even half an hour and presents less knows and less revolutionary side of mister Scott-Heron. The lack of most popular works like The Bottle or Revolution Will Not Be Televised is compensated by six unique and so different compositions found in the output of this magnificent artist. Your attention should be attracted by this year’s published My Cloud; one of many excellent examples showing cooperation between Gil Scott-Heron and Malcolm Cecil."

Morning Thoughts (Arista, 1981)
A Prayer For Everybody/To Be Free (Arista, 1978)
Offering (TVT Records, 1975)
A Lovely Day (TVT Records, 1976)
My Cloud (XL Recordings, 2010)
Spirits Past (TVT Records, 1994)


Finally, another more conventional Heron tribute is from JJ's Smoking sessions over at Six Million Steps, a London-based collective of DJ's, record collectors, and enthusiasts of soulful black dance music that put out top notch mixtapes, live sessions and podcasts.

A Sign Of The Ages
I Think I'll Call It Morning
Lady Day and John Coltrane
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Home Is Where The Hatred Is
The Bottle
Ain't No Such Thing As Superman
Angola Louisiana
Madison Avenue
Inner City Blues
Race Track In France
B Movie
It's Your World

‎"All the dreams you show up in are not your own."

Gil Scott Heron, we salute you. May your soul RIP.


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