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The Greatest Ever Jazz Bass Guitarist & Bass Clarinetist!,
This review is from: Tutu Revisited - 2CD & DVD (Audio CD)
Marcus Miller, in my opinion, will have to go down as one of the all-time greatest Jazz Legends. Because that is exactly what he is - a jazz musician of the highest calibre! When Ken Burns released his Jazz Collection, he missed out one vital musical genius and that was Marcus Miller, who is just as much a part of the History of American Jazz than the great Duke Ellington himself. Miller is a musical genius, a true artist whose creative ability reflects that of a fine oil painting as Marcus manages to create sonic landscapes that resemble nothing short of a heavenly dream - and that is exactly what Tutu Revisited is - a sonic landscape set in a heavenly dream. Marcus is not just a musician but an artist. He would have made a fine painter because all of his compositions are indeed colourful! Make no mistake, Miller has made his landmark in the history and future of jazz but I guess he will always be remembered as a Jazz Bass Guitar Player but he so much more than. He is a Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer. He can play just about anything he puts his hand too. He plays Saxophone, Clarinet (Bass Clarinet), Drums, Piano and Guitar. The only instrument I have never heard him play is Trumpet but he could probably play that just as well Miles, like he could probably play the Saxophone just as well Charlie Parker, the Piano as well as Duke Ellington, Drums as well as Buddy Rich and the Guitar as well as Wes Montgomery. However, he plays Bass Guitar and in particular he plays Jazz Bass Guitar. While Jaco Pastorius may go down in history as "The World's Greatest Bass Guitar Player Ever" and his considered as the Jimi Hendrix of The Bass Guitar, Marcus Miller will have to go down in history as the "The World's Greatest Jazz Bass Guitarist Ever"! Marcus's playing style is groove driven. He is the ultimate groove maestro! And this is evident throughout Tutu Revisited. He is also a very melodic player as he proves on his fretless bass. His music is angelic and everlasting!
Marcus Miller showcases some of the finest talent on the jazz scene today and apart from Christian Scott, there are two players worthy of a mention.
Ronald Bruner Jr (Drums)
Buddy Rich was considered, indeed billed, "The World's Greatest Drummer". Harvey Mason is and was probably considered "The Funky Drummer". Ronald Bruner Jr should be billed and considered as "The Groovy Drummer". Because that is exactly what he is, a groovy and indeed funky drummer. If Buddy Rich goes down as "The World's Greatest Drummer Ever", Ronald Bruner Jr should be recognised and remembered as "The World's Second Greatest Drummer Ever". His talent is explosive and his rhythmical grooves and creativity compliment Miller's deeply funky bass riffs. Ronald Bruner Jr is undeniably "Today's World's Greatest Drummer" listen out for his percussive mind-blowing performance on "Don't Lose Your Mind" because Ronald "The Groover" Bruner steals the show. Ronald Bruner Jr, a born Jazz Legend and very possibly "The World's Greatest Jazz Drummer (Ever)"! He is most definitely "The World's Greatest Groove Drummer"!
Alex Han (Saxophone)
Like Ronald Bruner Jr stealing the show on "Don't Lose Your Mind", Alex Han steals the show on "In A Sentimental Mood" with his performance. A Young Jazz Lion and a Legend in the making! His playing style is emotion driven and thrives on Bruner's drumming groove and Miller bass riffs. Certainly one to listen out for in the future!
Top Tracks are:
1. Splatch - another heavy dose of funk driven by another Thriller Miller Bass Guitar riff and Ronald Bruner Jr "The Groovy Drummer"!
2. In A Sentimental Mood - undoubtedly the most beautiful modernised rendition of a timeless classic that is a timeless classic in itself!