Silver Rain includes seven original Marcus Miller compositions including "Bruce Lee", an homage to the martial arts master which captures Lees energetic spirit and features alto saxophonist Gerald Albright known for his work with Anita Baker and Quincy Jones. Amongst the many guest artists is the amazing Kirk Whalum, a musician who has an impressive solo career and who was featured on The Sun Dont Lie. Since that time Marcus looked for an opportunity to work with him again, but never found it until now. Kirk who infuses his jazz with gospel overtones is the latest in a great line of Texas tenors that include Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb. Gregoire Maret, a young harmonica player who works with MeShell Ndegeocello, Pat Metheny and Cassandra Wilson has also lent his incredible talents to the music of Silver Rain. Kenny Garrett, who has recorded and toured extensively with Marcus is back again to play an incredible solo on a cover of Princes "Girls and ! Boys". This tune also features the fantastic Macy Gray. In her voice you hear the character of both Tina Turner and Billie Holiday, but Macy has a vocal style that is uniquely hers.
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Following the success of bassist extraordinaire Marcus Millers M2 and his live double album The Ozell Tapes, 3 Deuces Records proudly announces the release of Millers sixth studio CD. If you are familiar with any of Millers previous releases like Tales and The Sun Dont Lie, let alone his impressive resume of film scores and hit songs hes produced and written for so many of todays popular artists, you will have come to understand his ability to create music that emotionally inspires and informs. Silver Rain is no exception.
Of course youll find Millers musicianship as an electric bassist astounding and as always he delights, amazes and amuses with his mastery of a host of other instruments. For Europe only hes included a special version of Duke Ellingtons "Sophisticated Lady" on which youll hear the inimitable Marcus Miller bass clarinet featured.
According to Miller, "The thing that I think has kept jazz alive for so long is that it has always borrowed from the mainstream music world. Jazz musicians have traditionally presented people with a different way to listen to their favorite tunes. The marriage between jazz improvisation and popular songs has always been magical, like Miles Davis recording of "Someday My Prince Will Come" or John Coltranes "My Favorite Things".