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