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Marcus Miller

Primarily a bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Marcus Miller has worked on hundreds of sessions -- crossing jazz, R&B, and rock -- and has released several solo recordings since his late-'70s beginnings with Bobbi Humphrey and Lonnie Liston Smith. Despite the many hats he has worn -- improviser, interpreter, arranger, songwriter, film-music composer, bassist, clarinetist, saxophonist -- none of them have been put on for the sake of a whim. Never one to merely get his feet wet, Miller has been a utility player in the most extreme and prolific sense.

He was a fixture as a performer in New York's jazz clubs before he was old enough to drive. Born in Brooklyn on June 14, 1959, and raised in nearby Jamaica, he knew how to play several instruments with ease by the time he entered his teenage years. His father, who directed a choir and played organ, had a profound impact upon his musical upbringing. Once he broke in with Humphrey and Smith, he gained steady work with the likes of Dave Grusin, Earl Klugh, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, and Bob James. During 1981 and 1982, the in-demand musician went on the road with longtime personal hero Miles Davis and would end up working with him on several albums -- including Tutu and Music from Siesta -- after that.

Throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, Miller scattered several of his own albums throughout the constant pull of production and session work. His solo recordings were almost as diverse as his outside work; hybrids of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz peppered the majority of the albums, while 1993's The Sun Don't Lie and the following year's Tales (both issued through PRA) also incorporated sampling technology. 2001's M2 won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. 2003's The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg, released on Telarc, displayed his range as well as anything else bearing his handiwork; the live set incorporated originals, improvisation, and covers that ranged from material originally recorded by Talking Heads and the Stylistics to John Coltrane. Silver Rain appeared in 2005. In 2007, Miller issued Free in Europe, while 2008 saw Marcus released globally; it was his debut for Concord Jazz. In 2009, Miller formed a touring band with Christian Scott on trumpet; they recorded Tutu Revisited, a wide-ranging tribute to Miles Davis, and it was released in Europe in 2011 as a CD/DVD package. Miller returned to the studio for 2012's Renaissance, an album which contained a vocal duet by Gretchen Parlato and Rubén Blades, as well as a guest spot by Dr. John.

Miller was selected as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and also became spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project. Recording sessions took place in Africa, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The sessions featured a wide range of guests including Chuck D., Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Etienne Charles, Ambrose Akinmusire, Keb’ Mo’, Wah-Wah Watson, Mocean Worker, and Ben Hong. A pre-release single, "Hylife," was issued in February of 2015, and hit the top spot on several jazz charts. The album, Afrodeezia, followed in March. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Afrodeezia

1. Hylife

2. B's River

3. Preacher's Kid (Song For William H)

4. We Were There

5. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

6. I Still Believe I Hear (Feat. Ben Hong)

7. Son Of Macbeth

8. Prism (Interlude)

9. Xtraordinary

10. Water Dancer

11. I Can't Breathe (Feat. Chuck D & Mocean Worker)

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Track List: Renaissance

1. Detroit

2. Redemption

3. Febuary

4. Slippin' Into Darkness

5. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)

6. Jekyll & Hyde

7. Interlude: Nocturnal Mist

8. Revelation

9. Mr. Clean

10. Goree (Go-Ray)

11. Cee-Tee-Eye

12. Tightrope

13. I'll Be There

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Track List: A Night In Monte-Carlo

1. Blast (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

2. So What (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

3. State Of Mind (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

4. I Loves You Porgy (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

5. Amandla (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

6. I'm Glad There Is You (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

7. O Mio Babbino Caro, Mas Que Nada (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

8. Your Amazing Grace (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

9. Strange Fruit (Live Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival)

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Track List: Silver Rain

1. Intro Duction

2. Bruce Lee

3. La Villette

4. Behind The Smile

5. Frankenstein

6. Moonlight Sonata

7. Boogie On Reggae Woman

8. Paris (Interlude)

9. Silver Rain

10. Make Up My Mind

11. Girls And Boys

12. Sophisticated Lady

13. Power Of Soul

14. Outro Duction

15. If Only For One Night *

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Track List: M2

1. Power

2. Lonnie's Lament

3. Boomerang (feat. Raphael Saddiq)

4. Nikki's Groove

5. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

6. Ozell (Interlude 1)

7. Burning Down The House

8. It's Me Again

9. Cousin John

10. Ozell (Interlude 2)

11. 3 Deuces

13. Ozell (Interlude 3)

12. Red Baron

14. Your Amazing Grace

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Track List: Live & More

1. Intro

2. Panther

3. Tutu (Live)

5. Strange Fruit

6. Summertime

7. Maputo

8. People Make The World Go Round

9. Sophie

10. Jazz In The House

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Track List: Tales_1994

1. The Blues

3. Tales

4. Eric

5. True Geminis

6. Rush Over

7. Running Through My Dreams (Interlude)

8. Ethiopia

10. Strange Fruit

11. Visions

12. Tales (Reprise)

14. Forevermore

15. Infatuation

16. Come Together

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Track List: The Sun Don't Lie

1. Panther

2. Steveland

3. Rampage

4. Sun Don't Lie

5. Scoop

6. Mr. Pastorius

7. Funny (All She Needs Is Love)

8. Moons

9. Teen Town

10. Juju

11. The King Is Gone (For Miles)

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ONE OF THE BEST BASS PLAYERS EVER
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gobraghomagh
Wow! I'm so glad I got to hear this song today!!!
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Best sound and concept on the bass. the DEFINITIVE Electric Bass player. The ONLY other Bass Player that gives Marcus a run for his money is the PHENOMENAL Stanley Clarke. Technically Stanley is more advanced. But I LOVE Marcus SOUND.
My favorite, no doubt.
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Many of my favorite David Sanborn songs (Maputo; Chicago Song, to name a couple) as well as Luther Vandross (Love Power/Power of Love; Rush) are courtesy of Marcus Miller... I have long and greatly admired the many hats this talented and gifted artist wears so very well.
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I'M ALL ABOUT THIS
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Of Course the title of the song made me chuckle .....
(Yeah...insi d e jk)

This man can tear that Bass up!!!
Yes.....groo v i n ' on it!
Beautiful music!!
LOL

0;o))))
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Love this . Yeah you right!!!!!!❤
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Gotta hear more of Miller! Solid groove here. Love Christian Scott too. Not sure how much they play/ record together
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Wooten vs Marcus - Who feels a better jive?
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kbrown1359
Got to see you in person! One of the baddest bassist of this decade!!! Truly good to the ear hole!!!
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This is great!!!
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Bad is as bad does
he do good love the profound
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One of the best to ever play the bass! He is on my bucket list! Got to see him play before I go!
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BAD MAN ON THE BASS!!! Caught him on tour with David Sanborn they brought the house down!!! Mr.Miller is also a EXCELLENT song writer many of Sanborn's hits were penned by Miller.....
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Pop them strings !!! Feel the " Funk " now tell me, you don't want �� dance ?????
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Truly a legend of bass!!!
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Truly a legend of bass!!!
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The man can thump simple
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Great music a great inspiration!
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In the shadow of Wayman? I beg to differ! Marcus Miller is a great musician in his own right.
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Please Pandora. More of this artist's music on this station. He is definitely carrying on in the shadow of the great Wayman Tisdale.
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And i'm a drummer...pr i m a r i l y .
Would love to work with him.
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Reminds me of a young Stanley,grea t hands.
And SOUL!!
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I've been listening to Marcus for quite some time,he's in my top ten, along with greats;Stanl e y Clarke, Larry Graham, Verdine White
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Marcus and Me shell come on now Dam this is my JAM!
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owns his sound...we always know when it's Marcus...won d e r f u l !
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Marcus is a force to the musicians community NOW & is a great example for us to think about to reshape how we are dealing with the entire Music & The Drive Within Us All ! Thank You Marcus Miller, it's not always that easy for us, so I plan to set my goals higher to get my DREAM.
Loyce E.
Arlington, Texas
Drummer
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My first of several encounters of Marcus work was with David Sanborn . But no one talks about the work he did with Luther Vandross
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jmendoza_31
Paul Hardcastle
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The best/ greatest male base player female bassist rene delachchella
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traynham999
He is too deep !
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My all time favorite smooth jazz bassist Mitchell Coleman Jr. is getting played on the radio all around the country! His new single “Flow” off of his debut solo album “Soul Searching” has jazz and blues fans going crazy. Right now Mitchell is #40 on Mediabase’s Smooth A/C chart, #24 on SmoothJazz.c o m s Radar Chart, and #1 at The Wave in Cleveland! http://bit.l y / i T u n e s - F l o w - M C J
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LOVE IT one of the greatest bassists of all time
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Very funky!!!!
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Yes he is a bad a** player. Love his style!!!!
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He is a master & exciting to hear
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lawmont
Yeah Marcus
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His collaboratio n through the years with MJ is outstanding!
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What he does to this bass guitar is unbelievable . Do your thang Mr. Miller.
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Not just a bass player,. his body of works put MM in a Upper class of producer, musician and writer, a true triple threat.
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Marcus is in a zone of his own. What a gift.
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Did we forget Mr. Miller also produced Aretha Franklin.
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No mention of his work with Luther Vandross?
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Man as a young kid i was listening to a David Sanborn album as i was reading the credits and found out it was put together by Marcus Miller blew me away.
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Saw him in person with the late George Duke. Loved them!
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djkillmer
Marcus, tasty!!
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polingkf
OMG... Bad A** Bass bro!
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gdaddy2323
Bass Master
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RsM commented. One of a kind bass player!
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Love all of MM's tracks! The album: the sun don't shine, has a lot of dept! Great producer, musician & artist! RsM
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