MAHOGANY, SUNSHINE AND TEARS: GIL SCOTT-HERON 1949-2011

by Ross Sharp

From the UK Telegraph

“A tall, rail-thin man with a wispy goatee beard and a countenance of prophetic gravity, Scott-Heron sang in a rough, declamatory voice that was once described as a mixture of “mahogany, sunshine and tears” and that always emphasised lyrical content over technique. The bass player Ron Carter, who played on Scott-Heron’s second album, Pieces of a Man, described it as “a voice like you would have for Shakespeare”. “

A giant. Rest in peace.

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