Gil Scott-Heron passed yesterday. He's known for his influence on political rap, which in itself has been in retreat for some years now. But he was more than that. There was always texture and true soul to his songs, a sense of there being a man behind the message. He came back with a new album in 2010, I'm New Here, and while it may take some warming to, just the fact that he was back in front of a band in his last months is a cause for celebration.