As producer Mark Ruffin explains in the liner notes, Offering is an apologia of sorts. Across his multi-decade career as broadcaster and journalist, Ruffin often crossed paths with Gil Scott-Heron. His knowledge of, and appreciation for, Scott-Heron’s work is arguably unsurpassed. Four years ago, Ruffin was working with vocalist Giacomo Gates on an album of Scott-Heron material. Its release overlapped with Scott-Heron’s untimely death and was, says Ruffin, wrongly recognized as a eulogistic tribute. The high quality of the Gates disc notwithstanding, Ruffin has wanted to shape a proper farewell ever since. Though the project was funded via Kickstarter, he jests that its true “kick-starter” was his introduction to vocalist Charenee Wade.
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