Marcus Miller: M2
Don't look for much relief from the instrumental caterwauling. Some comes with "Your Amazing Grace," a variation on the traditional gospel tune "Amazing Grace," with Chaka Khan showing up to do a modern vocal rendition. Miller takes compositional credit for this tune, I suppose on the basis of value added. But even a classic such as John Coltrane's "Lonnie's Lament" is distorted by the presence of the insidious drums and synthesizers. No relief there.
This album was recorded in California luckily before the power blackouts. Otherwise, they may still be in the studio waiting for the electricity to return. What a waste of talent like Kenny Garrett, Branford Marsalis and Wayne Shorter. This is not a thinking person's album by any means.
Track Listing: Power; Lonnie's Lament; Boomerang; Nikki's Groove; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Ozell; Burning down the House; It's Me Again; Cousin John; Ozell; 3 Deuces; Red Baron; Ozell; Your Amazing Grace.
Personnel: Marcus Miller: bass guitar, acoustic bass, guitar, B-flat and bass clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, drum programming, synths, piano, organ, Fender Rhodes, clavinet, vocoder, vocals; Michael "Patches" Stewart: trumpet; Fred Wesley: trombone; Kenny Garrett: Maceo Parker: alto saxophone; Wayne Shorter: soprano saxophone; Branford Marsalis: soprano saxophone; James Carter: tenor saxophone; Hubert Laws: flute; Herbie Hancock: piano; Bernard Wright: Fender Rhodes, organ; Paul Jackson: acoustic guitar; Hiram Bullock: acoustic guitar; Leroy "Scooter" Ralor: bass synth; Vinnie Colaiuta: drums; Poogie Bell: drums; Lenny White: brush fills; Mino Cinelu: percussion; David Isaac: cowbell, triangle, water EFX, percussion programming; Larry Corbett: cello; Matthew Funes: viola; Joel Derouin: violin; Chaka Khan: vocals; Djavan: vocals.
Record Label: Telarc Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock