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

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