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