"I ain't saying I didn't invent rapping, I just cannot recall the circumstances" says Gil Scott Heron, giving his personal response as to why the published poet, novelist, and recording-artist is so persistently hailed as being the missing link between the protest-song movement of the Sixties and contemporary rap. A performing artist for more than 30 years now, Scott Heron's songs frequently demonstrate his firm grasp of complex political and social phenomenon. "Tales of Gil" was recorded at London's Town and Country Club with his Amnesia Express band on the 14th of March 1990, and the resulting film serves as a fine demonstration of how Scott Heron's stripped-down fusion of funk, blues, and jazz so effectively supports his lyrics: words that are at once witty, subversive, and heartfelt. Ultimately Gil Scott Heron defines his music as "Bluesology." "What bluesology is supposed to say is - how it feels. The articulation isn't melodic, exotic, or erotic; it ain't none of those things. It's that they all come together and relate what it feels like. I play what it feels like."
Tracklisting: - Three Miles Down. - We Almost Lost Detroit. - Angel Dust. - Winter In America. - Johannesburg. - The Bottle.