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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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Stations Featuring
Marcus Miller

    Modern Jazz

    Modern Jazz
    8 songs

    Jazz Fusion

    Jazz Fusion
    8 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    1 song

    Brazilian Music

    Brazilian Music
    1 song

Albums by
Marcus Miller

Top Songs by
Marcus Miller

  1.   Song
  2.   Hylife
  3.   B's River
  4.   Lonnie's Lament
  5.   Redemption
  6.   Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)
  7.   Cee-Tee-Eye
  8.   Tightrope
  9.   Papa Was a Rolling Stone
  10.   Detroit
  11.   Slippin' Into Darkness
  12.   Mr. Clean
  13.   I Can't Breathe
  14.   Bruce Lee
  15.   Power of Soul
  16.   Boogie on Reggae Woman
  17.   So What
  18.   Gorée (Go-ray)
  19.   Frankenstein
  20.   Amandla
  21.   Strange Fruit
  22.   State of Mind
  23.   La Villette
  24.   I Loves You Porgy
  25.   Burning Down the House
  26.   Higher Ground
  27.   Power
  28.   I Still Believe I Hear (Je Crois Entendre Encore)
  29.   Water Dance
  30.   O Mio Babbino Caro/Mas Que Nada
  31.   I'm Glad There Is You
  32.   Jean Pierre
  33.   Blast!
  34.   Red Baron
  35.   Lost In Madrid, Pt. 1 by Miles Davis
  36.   Miles/Marcus Medley: Hannibal/Amandla/Tutu
  37.   People Make The World Go Round
  38.   The Only Reason I Live
  39.   Preacher's Kid (Song For William H)
  40.   Lovin' You
  41.   'Cause I Want You featuring Shihan
  42.   Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  43.   Suddenly
  44.   Ozell (Interlude 2)
  45.   Revelation
  46.   We Were There
  47.   February
  48.   Ooh
  49.   Lost Without U
  50.   Pluck
  51.   Free
  52.   Funk Joint
  53.   If Only for One Night
  54.   Outro Duction
  55.   Sophisticated Lady
  56.   Girls et Boys
  57.   Make Up My Mind
  58.   Silver Rain
  59.   Paris (Interlude)
  60.   Moonlight Sonata
  61.   Behind the Smile
  62.   Looking Up
  63.   When Your Life Was Low
  64.   Your Amazing Grace
  65.   Ozell (Interlude 3)
  66.   3 Deuces
  67.   Cousin John
  68.   It's Me Again
  69.   Ozell (Interlude 1)
  70.   Nikki's Groove
  71.   Boomerang
  72.   Just What I Needed
  73.   Scoop
  74.   Tutu
  75.   Panther
  76.   Intro
  77.   Chaney's Theme
  78.   Intro Duction
  79.   Could It Be You
  80.   Be My Love
  81.   Much Too Much
  82.   Just for You
  83.   Son of Macbeth
  84.   Bill's Theme
  85.   Let Me Show You
  86.   Come Together
  87.   I'll Be There
  88.   Nocturnal Mist (Interlude)
  89.   Jekyll & Hyde
  90.   Milky Way
  91.   Xtraordinary
  92.   Boomerang by Raphael Saadiq
  93.   What is Hip?
  94.   When I Fall In Love
  95.   Splatch
  96.   Strum
  97.   Prism (Interlude)
  98.   Killing Me Softly
  99.   Além de Amar by Djavan