I’m feeling thrilled, to say the least… To watch this amazing documentary on one of the god-fathers of modern Jazz.
Marcus Miller’s discography is difficult to compare to anyone, especially for an electric bassist. He has left his unmistakable personality on recordings for artists such as Lenny White, Tom Browne, Lonnie Liston Smith and David Sanborn. His writing, playing and production made hit records for Grover Washington Jr., Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin and most notably key recordings from Miles Davis including “Tutu.” In 1983 he began recording as a solo r&b artist and a band leader. He has also been a member of super-groups such as ‘The Jamaica Boys” which included Lenny White, “SMV” with fellow bass players Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten and “Headhunters with Lionel Loueke, Herbie Hancock, Terri Lyne Carrington, Roy Hargrove, Munyungo Jackson, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Miller,Wah Wah Watson. ” Besides being a virtuoso bass and bass clarinet player, he’s also a Jazz composer.
The documentary teaser promises to share with us his journey to his current place of stature – not to mention his experience of working with Miles Davis…
I was blown away by his performance at the Unesco Jazz festival on the International Jazz day that took place in France in 2012 where he performed “blast” and played alongside the likes of Hugh Masekela, Lionel Loueke other Jazz greats. Something about his bad ass ability to fuse his unique slap – mute rhythms into melodic grooves – and his addition of cultural and stylistic tones in his music, makes him an unforgettable act to me.
– Ngare Mukiria