Monthly Archives: June 2011

Gil Scott-Heron Jism & Ass

“When is it going to be that we start to define our own art and start to describe what we do, in terms that we know and that we can follow and continue…”

Since hearing of the sad passing of Gil Scott-Heron I’ve been gorging on the many tributes, obituaries and of course his message. My go-to Radio 1 shows, Benji B and Gilles Peterson, didn’t disappoint.  The latter of these featuring musings from the maestro on the etymology of Classical Black Dance Music aka Jazz Music aka “Jism and Ass music” taken from Gil’s last album “We’re New Here“.  I couldn’t find a transcription of the full Jazz Interlude so I’ve transcribed the audio myself (below).

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