Rebellious, painful, filled with bitterness and tenderness, sometimes optimistic and even naive, rooted in the blues and jazz influences to which Scott-Heron referred to as “bluesology, the science of how things feel”, this album Heron definitely sings with ache in his voice. Pieces of a Man, released 1971 for Flying Dutchman record label, set a standard for vocal artistry and political awareness that few musicians will ever match. It is one of Scott-Heron’s most critically acclaimed albums and one of the Flying Dutchman label’s best-selling LP’s. Enjoy!
Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter In America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.