@ the Royal Festival Hall
23 November 2013
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Desert Island Discs
Which 2 albums would you take with you to a
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
Sly & The Family Stone – Greatest Hits (2008 release)
Born in Brooklyn in 1959, raised in Jamaica, New
York, Grammy award winner Marcus Miller displayed an affinity for
music of all genres at a young age. By the age of thirteen Miller
began composing music and was able to hold his own on the piano,
clarinet and bass guitar. It was the bass guitar that captured his
imagination – and by the age of fifteen opportunities would
soon come knocking in the form of various bands working the New
York clubs. Progression was swift and he would soon be playing bass
guitar and writing for flutist Bobbi Humphrey and fusion keyboard
extraordinaire Lonnie Liston Smith.
Miller’s next conquest would be the recording
studio. His unique formula of composition and bass work was beginning
to earn him a respected ‘studio name’. He would be called
upon by a wide range of respected musicians such as Roberta Flack,
Grover Washington Jr, Bob James, Bryan Ferry, Joe Sample, Frank
Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Bill Withers and LL Cool J, to name a few.
In fact, to date - Miller has appeared as a bassist on well over
In 1981 Miller received the calling from his idol
Miles Davis - and promptly joined him on the road. Miller would
spend two years with Davis further honing his craft and overall
"He didn't settle for anything mediocre,"
Miller recalls. "And this helped me develop my style. I learned
from him that you have to be honest about who you are and what you
do. If you follow that, you won't have problems."
Miller released his debut album “Suddenly”
In 1983 - and was able to surprise his fans by ‘singing’
on many tracks. A second self-titled album would follow in 1984,
containing the sublime “Nadine” – again Miller
himself providing vocals.
Producing David Sanborn's album “Voyeur”
in 1990 would not only prove to be a landmark, but also the start
of a long-term partnership. “Voyeur would earn Sanborn a well
deserved Grammy – and Miller even greater recognition as an
accomplished musician /composer. Miller and Sanborn’s live
stage collaboration became a highly anticipated showpiece for fans
Miller’s collaboration success would continue
with soul / R&B legend
Luther Vandross. Miller and Vandross first met in 1979 while working
with Roberta Flack.
“…We instantly connected because
we were both so serious about music.” Miller recalls.
The Miller –Vandross ‘music machine’
would soon be an unstoppable force, producing many ‘crossover
hits’ such as “It’s Over Now”, “Till
My Baby Comes Home”, “Any Love” and the 1991 Grammy
award winning single
“The Power Of Love”.
1986 would see Miller collaborate with Miles Davis
to produce another landmark album “Tutu”. Miller continued
to produce another three albums with Davis, including the critically
acclaimed “Siesta”. Miller also produced albums for
Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Kenny Garrett, Al Jarreau, the Crusaders
and Take 6 amongst others.
In 1993, Miller released the album “The Sun
Don’t Lie”, followed by “Tales” in 1995.
After many years touring – and acknowledgement of feedback
from fans, Miller’s “Live & More” album was
released in 1997.
Miller’s anticipated “M2” album
was released early 2001 and was awarded a Grammy for the best Contemporary
Jazz Album category.
Miller has added many film scores to his repertoire,
Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang and Morris Chestnut’s, D.L
Hughley’s “The Brother’s” film receiving
much attention and praise for musical as well as visual content.
Marcus Miller is an artist who continues to explore
and challenge himself. Whatever his next project will be, he assures
his loyal fans that he will always “keep it real”.