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The Amiri Baraka Sessions

by Heroes Are Gang Leaders

A fiery homage of inspired and very original Jazz and Poetry for the legendary poet-activist / playwright / Jazz critic Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones) who died in 2014.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Amina
2:30 album only
2. Superstar
11:26 album only
3. The Shrimpy Grits
5:05 album only
4. Suiteblack Flyer
3:07 album only
5. Land Back
15:18 album only
6. Amina 2
2:11 album only
7. The Real Illegal Must Be Crazy
2:03 album only
8. Leautoroiography
9:26 album only
9. Forensic Report
1:27 album only
10. Sad Dictator
8:40 album only
11. The Tender Arrival of Outsane Midget Booker (Ts Who Kill Drums Runnin' da Voodoo Down)
11:08 album only
12. Amina 3
1:42 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Originally recorded in 2014 and 2015 as a two-CD set tribute to the legendary poet / activist Amiri Baraka, this collection of “12 Jazz / Poetry Hi Fi Dig Its” explores the range of vernacular styles that Amiri Baraka utilized during his journey from Beat to Black Nationalist to Black Marxist to Post Black Arts Surrealist. These recordings are both celebratory and critical as HAGL is unafraid to embody the nuanced complexities of Baraka’s controversial legacy as well as transform that work into new forms that challenge the easy and outdated structures of much of today’s Written and Spoken Word, resulting in a vibrant exploration that forges a new understanding that is useful to the next generation of Feelnicians.

Winners of the 2018 America Book Award for Oral Literature

The fertile, imaginative, sensuous unity of poetry and music embodied by Heroes Are Gang Leaders harvest’s the great traditions of Afro-American culture. From the bountiful gardens of past masters to the most innovative and exciting contemporary writers, HAGL has opened new horizons for audiences internationally, gathering the forces of rhythm and sound. Drawing from the resources of often hidden and suppressed histories, HAGL resuscitates and revives images of our world that are colorful, vibrant, and spiritual. Fearless, adventurous, and without compromise, HAGL has evolved new trajectories for artists of the future to explore. If as James Blood Ulmer has said, “Jazz is the teacher, and funk is the preacher,” then HAGL is the divinity school offering a new theology of spirit into matter. The cross-pollination of poetry and music find their magical, ritual significance in the art of HAGL, a boundless, joyful rediscovery of our souls. Weaving a vision at once unique and uncannily familiar, HAGL has found purpose in animating both the shadows and the light of our 21st century. Collected on the albums "The Avant-Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury," "Highest Engines Near/Near Higher Engineers," and most recently "Flukum," the recordings of HAGL betray a profoundly propulsive, forward-leaning momentum. Shattering expectations and succeeding to the wildest dreams, Heroes Are Gang Leaders has perfected the mysterious genre of Jazz Poetry with love, care, gentleness, and strength.

The Amiri Baraka Sessions features James Brandon Lewis, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Margaret Morris, Luke Stewart, Janice Lowe, Randall Horton, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, Heru Shabaka-ra, Brandon Moses, Warren “Trae” Crudup, Da Frontline, Catalina Gonzalez and Michael Bisio.



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