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  • Audio CD (23 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dreyfus Jazz
  • ASIN: B0000AMKDB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,361,517 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Marcus Miller is first and foremost a bassist. This does not take away from the fact that he is a multi-talented instrumentalist who can play almost any instrument he picks up.
Marcus Miller has also worked with almost every outstanding musician over the last twenty six years from the days of Grover Washington Jnr through to Miles Davis.
Here is a man many regard as one of the outstanding musicians today and you get to hear what a true musician should sound like.
This was his first album for PRA Dreyfus. The Japanese version has Lalah Hathaway on the last track and it a gem.
For this album he has recruited a few of the many musicians he has worked with over the last few years
A stellar cast of musicians appear on this album They are:
Andy Narell, Dave Sanborn, Everette Harp, Hiram Bullock, Joe Sample, Jonathan Butler, Kenny Garrett, Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway, Lenny White, Michael "Patches" Stewart, Michael White, Miles Davis, Omar Hakim, Paulinho DaCosta, Poogie Bell, Tom Browne, Tony Williams, Vernon Reid, Wayne Shorter and Will Calhoun.
Marcus uses this album to pay homage to a number of musicians he feels indebted to namely: Jaco Pastorious , Steve Wonder and Miles Davis.
I shall stop shy of nominating one track over the other as this is a very good album and a starting point if you want to know what he is all about.
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This album is astonishingly good, from the playing to the producing and all in between.
Marcus' bass sound and direction is naturally the dominant tone, but he allows his guest players to take centre-stage when required (too many to mention, it's like an A-Z of jazz musos); the result is a collection of fine sounding tracks, none of which disappoint.
'Panther' is lazily funky, with a tinge of hip-hop.
'Steveland' is magical and moody. It is powerful and quiet all at the same time. An obvious salutation to Stevie Wonder, it is a jazz classic, in my opinion.
'Rampage' knocks you over when Marcus comes in; hold on tight, it rocks!!
'The Sun Don't Lie', the title track, is dream-like; with Marcus nodding to Jaco Pastorius, he plays a muted bass-line and steel drums fill the atmospherical melody. It turns funky as Joe Sample plays two solos through the track. Another classic.
'Scoop' is a straight-up funk drive through da 'hood.
'Mr. Pastorius' is a short interlude; originally on 'Amandla' by Miles Davis, it is here played with a bass guitar only but is equally as powerful. Another bow to Jaco.
'Funny (All She Needs Is Love)' is by Boz Scaggs, reinterpreted by Marcus.
'Moons' is a moody yet quaint jazz tune, with Marcus alone providing all the music.
'Teen Town' is another, more obvious, nod to Jaco. Marcus takes the classic bass line and plays it his way, taking it into his own territory towards the end of the track, yet all the while keeping it as Jaco intended. Here, two drummers provide the beat, and Hiram Bullock delivers a typical screaming solo. Proof of mastery indeed.
'Juju' has to have the best count-off ever heard.... It's funky and has an 80's tip to the sound (that's not a criticism, by the way).
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And you appreciate brilliant musicianship, check this out. I'd put Marcus right up there with Stanley Clarke & Jaco. Miller is a brilliant Bassplayer and, in my opinion, probably one of the best slap players of all time. I bought this album because I loved his M2 album. His rendition of Jaco's Teen Town is awesome.A must for any serious Bass collection.
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Really good album for lovers of layed back Jazz. I saw him perform on Sky Vox Africa and decided to look up his CDs.
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