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One of the pioneers of modern jazz and proto hip-hop has died. It was reported that Gil Scott-Heron passed away on Friday, May 27, 2011 in New York City. The cause of death is unknown. He was 62-years-old.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.