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Renaissance

Marcus Miller Audio CD
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An album entitled Renaissance is long overdue for the widely acclaimed Renaissance Man Marcus Miller. In among the most enviable careers in music, Miller is a two-time GRAMMY®-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). Even the most devoted follower may be astonished to realize that Renaissance is only his eighth ... Read more in Amazon's Marcus Miller Store

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  • Audio CD (28 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B007VIKOOG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An album entitled Renaissance is long overdue for the widely acclaimed Renaissance Man Marcus Miller. In among the most enviable careers in music, Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). Even the most devoted follower may be astonished to realise that Renaissance is only his eighth studio project since his 1983 debut, Suddenly, considering the abundance of occasions Miller's name has appeared within album credits and that he has dazzled with performances, compositions and productions in the company of some of the world s most respected and accomplished players and superstars - from the mid-'70s to the present. As a multi-instrumentalist, Marcus is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics' and readers' polls for three decades. His résumé as an A-list player brims with over 500 recording credits as a sideman on albums across the spectrum of musical styles: rock (Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton), Jazz (George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Grover Washington, Jr.), pop (Roberta Flack, Paul Simon and Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan), hip hop (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), blues (Z.Z. Hill), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau and Dave Koz) and opera (collaborations with tenor Kenn Hicks and soprano Kathleen Battle). As a film music pro, Miller rose from writing the go-go party classic 'Da Butt' for Spike Lee's 'School Daze' to becoming the go-to composer for 20+ films (from the documentary 1 Love to the animated children's fable The Trumpet and The Swan to the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry classic Boomerang ). As a producer, writer and player, he was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, contributing the composition and album 'Tutu' to the canon of contemporary jazz music. The breadth of his collaborative talents were best showcased in his work with the late, great soul man Luther Vandross, contributing to well over half of his albums as a producer, composer and/or player on a string of hits capped by 'Power of Love/Love Power' for which Marcus won his first Grammy, 1991's R&B Song of the Year. And starting with David Sanborn's 1980 album Hideaway and its follow-up Voyeur (for which the alto sax giant won a Grammy performing Marcus' composition 'All I Need is You', Marcus not only left an indelible mark on Sanborn's distinctive sound, he laid the often-copied blueprint for the coolest of contemporary jazz sounds. Style, soul and intense professionalism have set Marcus Miller at the top of his game for three decades now. Marcus was born in 1959 and raised in a musical family that includes his father, William Miller (a church organist and choir director) and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. By 13, Marcus was proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar, and already writing songs. Two years later he was working regularly in New York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a top call session musician, gracing well over 500 albums, recording with musicians and in countries around the globe - from Frank Sinatra and Elton John to Bill Withers and LL Cool J. After two R&B-leaning solo albums for Warner Bros. in the '80s followed by co-leading The Jamaica Boys (with drummer Lenny White and singer Mark Stevens), Marcus took a hiatus then returned rejuvenated with the galvanizing The Sun Don't Lie (1993) and Tales (1995), both of which found him brilliantly connecting the dots of Black music's evolution. Following the fan-demanded Live and More in 1997, Miller released M2 ('M-Squared') on his own 3 Deuces Records label.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok. 13 Jun 2012
By inkster
Format:Audio CD
This is a decent album, unfortunately for me it only lasted two plays before I got thoroughly bored.
Too much redundant cheese ( or too much 'smooth' clichès for my liking).
Some high points are a couple of the arrangements that trigger memories of Wayne Shorter's high life and one track(setembro) reminds me of Jimmy Haslip's Red Heat with Haslip pulling off that kind of thing a lot more convincingly.
MM is one of the most capable electric bassists around and the playing is excellent throughout
I just wish that his cds were nearly as strong and their sound less 'smooth' and plastiky.
I tend to think that this is his strongest one since the sun don't lie, but would say that it is not nearly as strong although the sound quality is superior.

I'd recommend listening to Wayne Shorter's 'High life' for great playing interesting pieces and arrangements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 1 Mar 2014
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Downloaded this album after seeing Miller at LJF last year. It's doesn't quite match up to seeing him live where that bass vibrates every one of your internal organs, but it's still pretty good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Marcus Miller Fans 1 Jan 2014
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I saw his Renaissance tour. This is great stuff if you like MM. What more do you need to know?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz with a Funk Beat, as only MM can do it. 29 May 2012
By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Marcus Miller doesn't release that many albums and so this is something of an "event" in the world of bass guitar virtuosity. Straight away you are into a killer bass groove for "Detroit" and his regular band support ably throughout, as a Jazz sextet, with guests on a few tracks.

But if you've bought this album it's probably to hear the bass playing and it is well to the fore and expectedly virtuosic - with Marcus subdividing the beat in ways you never thought possible! The bass sounds superb on every track and we get plenty of funky grooves, with the occasional forray into gentler territory with fretless bass.

Marcus writes and arranges nearly everything - with a few exceptions that stand out. So "Setembro" is a Brazilian-style tune by Ivan Lins and here it has guests : Gretchen Parlato and Rube Blades on vocals. This is not your usual Latin groove and it is a very thoughtful arrangement.

The only other track with vocals is "Tightrope" which features the legendary Dr. John and is a big highlight of the album. Most of the album features the gigging band and is in Jazz territory with improvised solos against Marcus's unique grooves. The last track is an arrangement of the Jackson 5 classic "I'll be there" - but this is arranged for bass guitar only and is a "tour de force" - a lesson in how to play a tune on one instrument and not lose any of the melody or harmonic complexity.

If you like to hear virtuoso bass guitar, prominent in the mix on funky grooves - this album is amongst the best there is at that. I can't see this appealing to a wider audience, but for those fans of Marcus and the genre, this is a classy album, well up to his highest standards.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back on form BIG TIME. 2 Jun 2012
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this is Marcus's best album since,(the sun don't lie)outstanding playing by all involved faves for me are
mr clean, slipping into darkness, cee-tee-eye, the gig at cheltenham was one of his best this cd just keeps the memories alive,superb all round, just buy it you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 29 May 2012
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I saw much of the material on this CD live at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May 2012. It was an astonishing concert.

I was prepared to be disappointed by the studio version. But no. This is a great, great record.

The compositions are good, the playing is tight, but the production makes this record. The bass is centre stage in the mix. Sometimes tender, always funky.

Miller has a great range in his compositions. He has worked with the best, but be quite sure, this is not a musician resting on his laurels.

If the term "Jazz-funk" normally has you running for the hills, this is a good opportunity to open your ears.

Album of the year so far.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top, top notch album - not just for bass players 20 Dec 2012
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I go by what the other reviews state - this is his strongest album, possibly ever, depending on what you hold as your favourite.

The lineup is steady through the tracks, and it shows - this a really a band with a bass player as the lead.

The writing is strong, the quality of the playing impecable.

No way is this smooth jazz - this is funky music, with strong jazz influences.

If you remotely enjoyed any of his previous albums, or are simply a true music lover, buy it.
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