Six years after Pieces of a Man release, which you had an opportunity to hear in one of my previous posts, Heron is still the same guy. He’s social, political, rebellious…But, he for sure sings with more skill, depending less on his spoken word vocal style. Brian Jackson, on the other hand, involved some synth bass lines, which led to a bit more funky sounding of the album. Sometimes it seems like he’s influenced by Herbie Hancock, correct me if I’m wrong! Bridges is released in 1977 for Aristo Records and it’s definitely worth of buying, as it stands as one of Scott-Heron’s most enjoyable albums. 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.