Web site: http://www.marcusmiller.com
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Style, soul and intense professionalism have set musical Renaissance man Marcus Miller at the top of his game for well over two decades now. The acclaimed bassist, composer, producer, band leader and multi-instrumentalist was born in 1959 and raised in a musical family that included his father, a church organist and choir director, and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. Miller’s touch has graced well over 500 albums, a short list of which includes Mariah Carey, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr., Donald Fagen, Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, and LL Cool J and Me'shell NdegéOcello.
The highly chameleonic and influential Miller has played an integral role in the careers of no less than Miles Davis (for whom he composed and produced his classic signature song, “Tutu”), Luther Vandross (with whom he won a Grammy® for their composition “Power of Love” and worked as a co-producer and co-writer on all his recordings), David Sanborn and many other legendary artists. Marcus and Luther also wrote Aretha Franklin’s hit “Jump to It” and that’s Miller bass sample that you hear in Jay-Z’s classic hip hop track, “Can’t Knock the Hustle”. Around the world, he has astounded music lovers with his masterful, earthy and ever passionate approach to music making.
Miller’s solo recordings include 1993's “The Sun Don't Lie” and 1995's “Tales”, both of which found him brilliantly connecting the dots of Black music's evolution. Following a fan-demanded Live and More in 1997, Miller released “M2” ("M-Squared") and became the only solo bassist ever to win the Grammy® for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. His 2005 release “Silver Rain” found Marcus joined again by long time friends and collaborators Eric Clapton and Lalah Hathaway, and his CD “Marcus” features Corinne Bailey Rae on the track “Free”.
Film and TV scoring is another artistic muscle Miller has been flexing over the years. He has composed scores for comedies House Party and Boomerang, the dance hit “Da Butt” for Spike Lee’s School Daze, the score for the childrens’ animated feature The Trumpet of the Swan and the music for Chris Rock’s TV hit Everybody Hates Chris and his recent film I Think I Love My Wife. Whatever Marcus is doing, keeping it real is the criteria that steers all of his music. "I like to keep things balanced, combining R&B, jazz, funk and movie stuff to help reflect what's happening in our world. I just try to keep challenging myself to continue to grow and get better."
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