The Revolution will not be Televised

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It was an honour and a privilege to be asked to do the visuals for the Brian Jackson Live Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron at the Bussey Building.
Featuring an International band of / a musical cross-section of like-minded souls: Brian Jackson (GSH’s Co-Composer), M1 (Dead Prez), Martin Luther (The Roots), Reggie Washington (Bass) and (Acousti-lectric Drummer) Marque Gilmore. With pre concert support handled by The Legendary Patrick Forge.
Invited by Mickey “Jazzheadchronic” Smith, I knew this was a performance close to many peoples hearts, and I was not going to drop the ball.

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With less than 24 hours notice to prepare, it was going to be a challenge to find material that was going to complement this all-star tribute band.

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This is how the show was advertised by http://www.residentadvisor.net/:

“The project is a collective celebration expanding upon the legendary Gil Scott-Heron’s music. A rare / once in a lifetime opportunity to see this collective live. A highly apt tribute to GSH one of the most influential artists of all time. Interpreted and re-presented by Brian Jackson – someone who new him better than anyone. Simply unmissable.

The seminal Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson & The Midnight Band were the forerunners of socially-conscious hip hop. Respected around the world (8+ million You Tube video views and growing as new fans discover the tunes) they continue to inspire with their music and message. This project is a powerful expression of that influence featuring covers and interpolations of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s music.

Jackson, who really needs no introduction is a composer, musician, and producer with an impressive 30+ year career under his belt. Working with Gil Scott-Heron beginning in their early 20’s, as classmates, a longstanding collaboration was born producing some of the most fiercely poignant, politically charged, and significantly soulful albums of the seventies. Pieces of a Man, Free Will, Winter in America, First Minute of a New Day, From South Africa to South Carolina, It’s Your World, Bridges, Secrets and 1980 which are coveted by collectors and conscious-minded music fans alike.”

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Lucky for me YouTube is packed with documentaries on Gil Scott-Heron, and footage of the great man was easy to come by. I also dug around a bit on archive.org to get footage of Detroit and Harlem in the 1970’s which, was also easy to get. I also created a range of visuals which were kind of Black Panther inspired without going too over board. After all I am “whitey”…

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Rigging up a camera to the ceiling to get a birds eye view worked a treat. The weekend before when I’d played for James Taylor Quartet I had the camera resting on the speaker which buzzed all over the place. This time it was bang on the mark and looked amazing.

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There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news.

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