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Gil Scott-Heron in Black Wax (1982/MVD Visual Blu-ray)

Picture: C Sound: B Extras: D Film: C+

In Robert Mugge's Black Wax (1982), Gil Scott-Heron explains his music and some of his own ideas of his time. Through Blues and Jazz music, Scott-Heron represents the African American minority and the culture they lived through in the 70s. While government and society focused positive of the time, Heron reminds the people of the minority and those who still had the 'Blues'.

Gil Scott Heron was an African American musician who considers himself a 'Bluesologist', someone who is scientific in blue music. His music was like a fusion of Blues, Jazz and Rap. His music and idea takes a unique look at times and how people were effected by them, mainly those who were not in mainstream profit economy or minorities (which made him seem 'un-American' by some for representing them). His life and music showed the treatment and discrimination of racial differences and classes.

This is thus a fully realized documentary of the life and blues (music and personal life) of Gil Scott-Heron. One thing I always fell made Blues and Jazz music so much more richer was, when they were compared to other music, was there was a story behind the song and the lyrics. Unfortunately, the 1080p 1.33 X 1 color image in a 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 frame & shot on 16mm film (first to use a Steadicam throughout) looked like someone ripped it off of VHS more than to, so the video and simple stereo sound quality recorded at the time could only go so far. There are no extras, but the portrait of a musician ahead if his time is great to have in print and runs 78 minutes.

- Ricky Chiang


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