Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Red Hot + Coool – This Is Madness (Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun Oyewole) (GRP)

A poetry read by Abiodun Oyewole, David Nelson and Gylan Kain as a tribute to Malcolm X on May 1968 gave birth to The Last Poets. Geared towards Black nationalism, the group quicky forged their reputation throughout the Afro-American community, eventually seen, along with Gil Scott-Heron as a major influence on the maturation of Hip-Hop.
We get him here back in 1994 alongside fellow Last Poets member Umar Bin Hassan, Pharoah Sanders on Tenor Saxophone and Itaal Shur on keyboards on this furious piece of Hip-Jazz, taken from the ‘Red Hot + Cool’ compilation, with production work by the likes of Gary Katz (Steely Dan)…

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