Gil Scott-Heron / Pieces of a Man

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Gil’s watershed Pieces of a Man is the first and most influential of the late great poet’s collaborations with Brian Jackson and features two bass giants in their prime: Ron Carter (upright) and Jerry Jemmott (electric).

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A stunning song-cycle as relevant today as it was when it was waxed at RCA Studios in New York City over two days in April 1971, Ron and Jerry fiercely complement each other with passages borne of rhythm & blues, jazz, and soul as evidenced on “Lady Day and John Coltrane,” the above referenced and title tracks, and “A Sign of the Ages.”