The best news I’ve heard for ages is that a new Gil Scott Heron album is about to be released. This will be his first new album in almost 15 years as he has been in and out of prison on drugs charges. The album is apparently all down to XL Records’ Richard Russell who tracked him down at Rikers Island prison and offered to produce a new LP.
The album is fantastic and can currently be previewed on the Guardian’s website or by clicking on the image below.
I hope he tours the UK as I’d love to see him again. I saw him at a free GLC gig in Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank not long after moving to London so that must have been in 1984/5.