‘The First Minute of a New Day’ by Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson is a collaboration album released in January 1975 by Arista Records.
Track Listing : 1.Offering (Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson) – 03:34 . 2.The Liberation Song (Red, Black And Green) (Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson) – 06:18 . 3.Must Be Something (Brian Jackson, Danny Bowens, Gil Scott-Heron, Bob Adams) – 05:16 . 4.Ain’T No Such Thing As Superman (Gil Scott-Heron) – 04:13 . 5.Pardon Our Analysis (We Beg Your Pardon) (Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson) – 08:01 . 6.Guerilla (Gil Scott-Heron) – 07:49 . 7.Winter In America (Gil Scott-Heron) – 06:09 . 8.Western Sunrise (Bilal Sunni Ali) – 05:16 . 9.Alluswe (Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson) – 05:04
Musicians : Brian Jackson – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Flute, Vocals . Bilal Sunni Ali – Flute, Harmonica, Saxophone . Danny Bowens – Bass . Eddie Knowles Percussion, Conga . Barnett Williams – Percussion . Victor Brown – Percussion, Vocals . Charlie Saunders – Congas, Drums . Victor Bowens – Tambourine, Vocals, Bells
Production : Produced By Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson . Jose Williams – Engineer
Package : David Lau – Artwork
Recorded June–July 1974 At D&B Sound In Silver Spring, Maryland.
Released In January 1975 By Arista Records.
He’s got itand he flaunts it. The singing will get strongerand maybe someday every lyric will compare with the inspiring, despondent “Winter in America.” In the meantime, the free-jazz-gone-populist band generates so much rhythmic energy that it carries over the weak spots. […]
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It’s a record in which the music takes a back seat to the message. If the message is your thingand if your thing is being a frustrated American black man, then this is your kind of album. If you’re just a frustrated American, Midnight Band may still speak to you. […]
This output, with the opening meditation of “Offering” and the right-on “Ain’t No Such Thing as Superman,” solidifies Heron’s place in the pantheon of jazz poets. […]