Marcus Miller: Live and More
Contemporary session ace Mark Miller has been involved with some very high profile jazz folks over the past 20 years. Miles Davis utilized his talents to put a high gloss sheen on his fusion efforts of the late 80's. Surprisingly, Miller has released very few albums as a leader. Live and More treats his fans to 10 cuts of funky jazz/rock highlighted by Miller's slappin' bass lines. Two of the tracks were done in the studio with the remainder recorded on stage in Switzerland, Japan and the USA. Former Davis sideman Kenny Garrett is strong on alto and soprano sax, while Hiram Bullock contributes his distinctive, screamin,' rock influenced guitar sounds. An extended version of Tutu, with trumpeter Michael Stewart copping all of Davis's original licks, stands as one of the albums high points. Unfortunately. a couple of R+B flavoured vocal tracks bring the overall quality of the album down a notch. Due to the high caliber of the musicians involved most of the compositions, in spite of their generic nature, remain interesting. As high-octane fusion fests go, Live and More is worth a listen.