Marcus Miller: The Ozell Tapes (2003)
The Ozell Tapesis a double live recording seductively subtitled "The Official Bootleg." That is a nice marketing touch, even with minimal editing and remixing, but this recording is every bit as slick as Miller’s last two live recordings. His formula remains constant: funky modern jazz classics and some quasi-traditional vocals (here it is Lalah Hathaway singing). Make no mistake, Miller is front and center in this effort, where he should be. Listen to "So What" followed by "Lonnie’s Lament," and you'll immediately recognize that Marcus Miller is not Boney James or Kirk Whalam (not that there is anything wrong with smooth jazz; everyone needs to start somewhere to get to the Source).
In the meantime, check out this set and Miller's previous record M2. And listen to what Miles had in mind when he veered off into hip-hop prior to his death.
Track Listing: CD1: Introduction; Power; So What; Lonnie?s Lament; Cousin John; Scoop; I Loves You Porgy; Panther. CD2: Three Deuces; Your Amazing Grace; Nikki?s Groove; When Your Live WasLow; Burning Down The House; People Make The World Go ?Round; Killing Me Softly; Hannibal/Amandla/Tutu.
Personnel: Marcus Miller: bass, mass clarinet, soprano saxophone, keyboards; Poogie Bell: drums; Dean Brown: guitars; Roger Byam: tenor And soprano saxophones, flute; Bruce Flowers: keyboards; Lalah Hathaway: vocals; Michael Stewart: Trumpet; Leroy Taylor: keyboards.
Record Label: Telarc Records