Marcus Miller – Renaissance (2012)

Title: Renaissance
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Victor Entertainment
Genre: Jazz-Funk / Fusion
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 01:12:36
Total Size: 431 MB / 139 MB

01. Detroit [5:46]
02. Redemption [6:09]
03. February [4:15]
04. Slippin’ Into Darkness [9:17]
05. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) [feat. Gretchen Parlato & Ruben Blades] [6:39]
06. Jekyll & Hyde [6:30]
07. Interlude – Nocturnal Mist [1:16]
08. Revelation [4:46]
09. Mr. Clean [5:01]
10. Goree (Go-ray) [5:38]
11. Cee-Tee-Eye [7:39]
12. Tightrope (feat. Dr. John) [5:46]
13. I’ll Be There [3:48]
Band Members:
Marcus Miller – bass, fretless bass, bass clarinet, acoustic bass
Louis Cato – drums
Kris Bowers – piano, fender rhodes
Adam Agati – guitar
Alex Han – alto sax
Maurice Brown – trumpet
Federico Gonzales Pena – fender rhodes, piano
Adam Rogers – guitar, acoustic guitar
Sean Jones – trumpet
Gretchen Parlato – vocals
Ruben Blades – vocals
Ramon Yslas – percussion
Bobby Sparks – organ
Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
Dr. John – vocals
An album entitled Renaissance is long overdue for the widely acclaimed Renaissance Man Marcus Miller. In among the most enviable careers in music, Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). Even the most devoted follower may be astonished to realise that Renaissance is only his eighth studio project since his 1983 debut, Suddenly, considering the abundance of occasions Miller’s name has appeared within album credits and that he has dazzled with performances, compositions and productions in the company of some of the world s most respected and accomplished players and superstars – from the mid-’70s to the present. As a multi-instrumentalist, Marcus is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics’ and readers’ polls for three decades. His resume as an A-list player brims with over 500 recording credits as a sideman on albums across the spectrum of musical styles: rock (Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton), Jazz (George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Grover Washington, Jr.), pop (Roberta Flack, Paul Simon and Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan), hip hop (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), blues (Z.Z. Hill), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau and Dave Koz) and opera (collaborations with tenor Kenn Hicks and soprano Kathleen Battle). As a film music pro, Miller rose from writing the go-go party classic ‘Da Butt’ for Spike Lee’s ‘School Daze’ to becoming the go-to composer for 20+ films (from the documentary 1 Love to the animated children’s fable The Trumpet and The Swan to the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry classic Boomerang ). As a producer, writer and player, he was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, contributing the composition and album ‘Tutu’ to the canon of contemporary jazz music. The breadth of his collaborative talents were best showcased in his work with the late, great soul man Luther Vandross, contributing to well over half of his albums as a producer, composer and/or player on a string of hits capped by ‘Power of Love/Love Power’ for which Marcus won his first Grammy, 1991’s R&B Song of the Year. And starting with David Sanborn’s 1980 album Hideaway and its follow-up Voyeur (for which the alto sax giant won a Grammy performing Marcus’ composition ‘All I Need is You’, Marcus not only left an indelible mark on Sanborn’s distinctive sound, he laid the often-copied blueprint for the coolest of contemporary jazz sounds. Style, soul and intense professionalism have set Marcus Miller at the top of his game for three decades now. Marcus was born in 1959 and raised in a musical family that includes his father, William Miller (a church organist and choir director) and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. By 13, Marcus was proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar, and already writing songs. Two years later he was working regularly in New York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a top call session musician, gracing well over 500 albums, recording with musicians and in countries around the globe – from Frank Sinatra and Elton John to Bill Withers and LL Cool J. After two R&B-leaning solo albums for Warner Bros. in the ’80s followed by co-leading The Jamaica Boys (with drummer Lenny White and singer Mark Stevens), Marcus took a hiatus then returned rejuvenated with the galvanizing The Sun Don’t Lie (1993) and Tales (1995), both of which found him brilliantly connecting the dots of Black music’s evolution. Following the fan-demanded Live and More in 1997, Miller released M2 (‘M-Squared’) on his own 3 Deuces Records label. —

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