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We're New Again - A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven

Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven

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A year before passing away in the spring of 2011, Gil Scott-Heron released an extraordinary future-blues album, one of the most beautiful works of his entire discography, when even his most loyal fans had stopped expecting anything new from their idol standing the test of life, dope and paranoia. With I’m New Here, his generation’s most out-of-this-world poet, singer, songwriter and jazzman, and the man who was considered by many as the godfather of hip-hop blended his politically charged prose with a stripped back instrumentation produced by Richard Russell, patron of the XL Recordings label who went to collect him from Rikers Island prison in New York so that they could work together. A year later, Jamie xx from the band The xx made We’re New Here which cleverly remixed the entire album and became a fascinating example of top-tier minimal electro…

To celebrate ten years since I’m New Here, Russell has called on one of the most talked-about jazzmen of the moment, drummer Makaya McCraven, to ‘reimagine’ it in his own way. The result is surprising, and sheds a new light on the opus. The original simplicity has been shunned in favour of an orgy of pure jazz improvisation, paired with a huge level of groove. Makaya is the perfect candidate for finding the right level of playing to match the crepuscular flow emitted by Gil Scott-Heron. Striking a balance between honouring the departed soul brother and affirming his own voice, the drummer appears to highlight the link between Scott-Heron and percussion. Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, his first album released in 1970, was in fact only composed of vocals and percussion. Hopefully this beautiful project We’re New Again will incite the younger generation to rediscover Gil Scott-Heron’s work, some of the most underestimated music of the 20th century. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Special Tribute (Broken Home pt. 1)
00:00:42

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

2
I'm New Here
00:04:13

Gil Scott-Heron, MainArtist - Bill Callahan, Composer, Lyricist - Rough Trade Publishing Ltd, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

3
Running
00:02:04

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

4
Blessed Parents
00:01:09

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

5
New York is Killing Me
00:05:19

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

6
The Patch (Broken Home pt. 2)
00:01:16

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

7
People of the Light
00:02:54

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

8
Being Blessed
00:00:14

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

9
Where Did the Night Go
00:02:37

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

10
Lily Scott (Broken Home pt.3)
00:01:05

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

11
I'll Take Care of You
00:03:25

Gil Scott-Heron, MainArtist - Brook Benton, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist - TSM UK Publishing, MusicPublisher

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

12
I've Been Me
00:00:35

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

13
This Can't Be Real
00:01:29

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

14
Piano Player
00:00:36

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

15
The Crutch
00:02:33

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

16
Guided (Broken Home pt.4)
00:01:57

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

17
Certain Bad Things
00:00:13

Gil Scott-Heron, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Brouhaha Music, MusicPublisher - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

18
Me and the Devil
00:04:47

Gil Scott-Heron, MainArtist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Robert Johnson, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Vettraino, Mixer - Makaya McCraven, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist

2020 XL Recordings Ltd. 2019 XL Recordings Ltd.

Album Description

A year before passing away in the spring of 2011, Gil Scott-Heron released an extraordinary future-blues album, one of the most beautiful works of his entire discography, when even his most loyal fans had stopped expecting anything new from their idol standing the test of life, dope and paranoia. With I’m New Here, his generation’s most out-of-this-world poet, singer, songwriter and jazzman, and the man who was considered by many as the godfather of hip-hop blended his politically charged prose with a stripped back instrumentation produced by Richard Russell, patron of the XL Recordings label who went to collect him from Rikers Island prison in New York so that they could work together. A year later, Jamie xx from the band The xx made We’re New Here which cleverly remixed the entire album and became a fascinating example of top-tier minimal electro…

To celebrate ten years since I’m New Here, Russell has called on one of the most talked-about jazzmen of the moment, drummer Makaya McCraven, to ‘reimagine’ it in his own way. The result is surprising, and sheds a new light on the opus. The original simplicity has been shunned in favour of an orgy of pure jazz improvisation, paired with a huge level of groove. Makaya is the perfect candidate for finding the right level of playing to match the crepuscular flow emitted by Gil Scott-Heron. Striking a balance between honouring the departed soul brother and affirming his own voice, the drummer appears to highlight the link between Scott-Heron and percussion. Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, his first album released in 1970, was in fact only composed of vocals and percussion. Hopefully this beautiful project We’re New Again will incite the younger generation to rediscover Gil Scott-Heron’s work, some of the most underestimated music of the 20th century. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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