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Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he has polished over the past four decades. He is perhaps best known as a musician in connection with Miles Davis, David Sanborn, ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2016" reviewed by John Kelman

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada July 3-7, 2016 In many ways, the front of one of the festival's new T-Shirt designs said it all: swing blues soul improvisation latin gospel R 'n' B crossroads silence groove world Many festivals once known primarily as jazz festivals have broadened their scope. Whether or not it still gives a festival the right ...

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Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia

Read "Afrodeezia" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Prominent bassist Marcus Miller's new album Afrodeezia (Blue Note Records) is inspired by his travels and impressions through West Africa, South America, the Caribbean along the Atlantic slave routes, and parts of the United States. The multi Grammy winner and UNESCO Artist for Peace pays homage to the African people forced into servitude and the enduring music they brought with them and to the world. The eleven track record features an extensive list of international and American artists including Alune ...

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Marcus Miller at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Marcus Miller at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Marcus Miller Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA June 5, 2015 Multi GRAMMY winner and UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcus Miller played five sold out shows with his band over the weekend at Yoshi's Oakland. The set featured songs from his new album Afrodeezia (Blue Note Records) that paid homage to the African people forced onto the slave routes. The composer and multi-instrumentalist opened Friday night's second session with “Hylife" complete with a stirring sax ...

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Marcus Miller and Mustapha Baqbou at Essaouira Festival 2014

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Marcus Miller and Mustapha Baqbou Place Moulay El Hassan Essaouira Festival Essaouira, Morocco June 14, 2014 On Saturday a rebirth was being prepared at Essaouira Festival. The most awaited artist of the festival, bassist/composer Marcus Miller was going to play with accomplished gnaoua vocalist and guembri player, Mustapha Baqbou. At the conference room, and on his birthday, Miller confessed that he felt not the least uncomfortable about this fusion. To this end, he explained ...

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Marcus Miller: Miles Davis, Milestones

Read "Marcus Miller: Miles Davis, Milestones" reviewed by William Ellis

Miles at his height in the '50s before jazz took another turn, Milestones (Columbia, 1958) was--along with the other Miles records of this period--really at the height of the elegant era of jazz. Then it went somewhere else that was equally amazing. But I really love the combination of soulfulness and intelligence with which these guys played--John Coltrane and Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe [Jones], Cannonball Adderley and Miles. Just an unbelievable group, and Philly Joe and ...

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Marcus Miller: Renaissance

Read "Renaissance" reviewed by John Kelman

Some things change, other things stay the same. Marcus Miller--producer and performer with everyone from soul singer Luther Vandross and pianist Herbie Hancock to guitarist George Benson and Miles Davis, composing and producing the trumpeter's late period classic Tutu (Warner Bros., 1986)--has been releasing solo albums since 1983, but it was with The Sun Don't Lie (PRA, 1993) and Tales (PRA, 1994) that the bassist/bass clarinetist established a modus operandi that has served him well in the ensuing decades. Renaissance ...

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Marcus Miller: Renaissance Man

Read "Marcus Miller: Renaissance Man" reviewed by Pheralyn Dove

[Editor's Note: On Sunday, November 25, 2012, All About Jazz learned that Marcus Miller sustained non-life-threatening injuries during a bus crash on the A2 highway in central Switzerland. Unfortunately, the driver was killed in the accident. Online sources report that the bus was carrying 13 people, including two drivers and the 11 members Miller's band. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. AAJ sends condolences to the victim's family and loved ones, as well as healing thoughts for ...

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Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte Carlo

Read "A Night in Monte Carlo" reviewed by Chuck Koton

It's been more than four years since James Brown, the “hardest working man in show business," departed this Earth for an ethereal stage, time enough to anoint a successor. Bassist Marcus Miller deserves consideration--a tribute that would, no doubt, put a smile on the face of the Godfather of Soul. After all, a typical year for the virtuosic bassist includes months of global touring (he just returned from a tour that took him to five continents, featuring his unforgettable '80s ...

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Marcus Miller: The Perfect Balance

Read "Marcus Miller: The Perfect Balance" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Marcus Miller is a master musician of calm wisdom and impeccable taste, whose talent has been exposed to the elements under different kinds of light through the years, only to magnify the evident supremacy he so gently seems to hold over the bass guitar in recent years. As a multi-instrumentalist of deep musical curiosity, he has also placed a difficult instrument like the bass clarinet as one of his most distinctive trademarks. His recordings are always surprising, and his soul ...

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Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte-Carlo

Read "A Night in Monte-Carlo" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

He's the man in the porkpie hat. Bassist, composer, arranger and producer Marcus Miller matches classical with jazz on A Night in Monte-Carlo, featuring L'Orchestre Philharmonique De Monte-Carlo. Miller, a two-time Grammy Award-winner, has a diverse and vast discography as a leader, producer and sideman. Among his numerous credits are work with Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Donald Fagen, Dizzy Gillespie, David Sanborn, Bob James and Al Jarreau. The strings warm up the set, recorded during the ...

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Marcus Miller: The Man of Many Hats

Read "Marcus Miller: The Man of Many Hats" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Pictures of Marcus Miller often show him wearing what is almost a trademark porkpie hat. Truth is, the extraordinary musician wears many hats, some of them simultaneously.He's proven himself a master of the electric bass in any setting from jazz to pop to funk to R&B, always with a rich, soulful sound. He's also a stellar producer and arranger, having been involved in a variety of projects for stars and megastars including Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, ...