Marcus Miller – Silver Rain (2005)

Title: Silver Rain
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Dreyfus
Genre: Jazz-Funk / Fusion
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 01:12:21
Total Size: 448 MB / 178 MB

01. Intro Duction (0:30)
02. Bruce Lee (5:23)
03. La Villette (5:54)
04. Behind The Smile (6:24)
05. Frankenstein (6:33)
06. Moonlight Sonata (7:38)
07. Boogie On Reggae Woman (5:02)
08. Paris (Interlude) (1:14)
09. Silver Rain (6:01)
10. Make Up My Mind (3:42)
11. Girls and Boys (5:36)
12. Sophisticated Lady (5:23)
13. Power of Soul (6:53)
14. Outro Duction (0:53)
15. The Lord’s Prayer (5:10)
Marcus Miller is foremost known as a Grammy-winning bass player, but as he proves on Silver Rain, Miller is equally formidable as an arranger. Taking songs from a disparate mix of artists that includes Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Edgar Winter, Beethoven and Prince, Miller’s skills are in almost embarrassing abundance here. On Edgar Winter’s 70s rock jam “Frankenstein”, his band (including the likes of Kirk Whalum on tenor and Kenny Garret on alto) flat out wails, but Miller’s slapping bass keeps the groove completely locked down. In contrast, his take on Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” sets the stage for Miller’s mellow-groove skills while the cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae a Woman” is Miller at his intricate, funky best. On Prince’s “Girls & Boys”, Macy Gray adds her swooping, sensual vocals while Eric Clapton sits in on the title track. Clocking in at around 75 minutes, this CD is full to bursting, but what’s striking here is not the quantity, but the quality. Miller is able to effortlessly make this material his own; moreover he is able to take an impossibly diverse set of songs and construct an album with real cohesion and flow. There is a lot happening on this album, as multi-instrumentalist Miller swaps instruments, moods and musicians from tune to tune, to his credit, however, he never loses the trail. The result is an extremely enjoyable album and an apt platform for Miller’s many, many talents. ~ Steve Duda

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