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2. Funk Joint
3. Free - (featuring Corinne Bailey Rae)
4. Higher Ground
5. Milky Way - (featuring Keb' Mo')
6. Pluck (Interlude)
7. Lost Without U - (featuring Taraji P. Henson)
8. 'Cause I Want You - (featuring Shihan The Poet)
9. Ooh - (featuring Lalah Hathaway)
10. When I Fall in Love
12. Jean Pierre
13. What Is Hip?
14. Lost Without U
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CCD-30264
Marcus Miller; David Isaac; Marcus Miller
Marcus Miller; Vanessa Parr; Jared Nugent; Dean Sharenow; Dennis Moody; Dennis Thompson; Antonio Resendiz; Andrea Braido; David Isaac; Stephen Hart; Marcus Miller
Personnel: Marcus Miller (guitar, acoustic guitar, sitar, clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, string synthesizer, bass guitar, 5-string bass, fretless bass, drums, bongos, shaker, tambourine, triangle, percussion, programming, drum programming); Keb' Mo' (vocals, guitar); Corinne Bailey Rae, Gussie Miller (vocals, background vocals); Lalah Hathaway, Taraji P. Henson (vocals); Andrea Braido (guitar); Paul Jackson, Jr. (acoustic guitar); Grgoire Maret (harmonica); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Tom Scott (tenor saxophone); Patches Stewart (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bobby Sparks (Clavinet, organ, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Bernard Wright (organ, synthesizer); Jason "JT" Thomas, Poogie Bell, Teddy Campbell, Jason Thomas (drums); Tavia Ivey (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Rideau; Dennis Thompson; Goh Hotada; David Isaac; Taka Honda; Bill Schnee.
Recording information: Boby Sparks Enterprises, Sunnyvale, TX (2008); Braidusss Studio, Aigle, France (2008); Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (2008); Gwizmon Studios, New York, NY (2008); Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica, CA (2008); Hiatus Studio (2008); Powerhouse Studios, Seattle, WA (2008); The Village, Los Angeles, CA (2008); Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA (2008); White House Studios, Sylmar, CA (2008).
Editor: Marcus Miller.
Photographer: Kumiko Higo.
Marcus Miller has a resume most people in the music world would envy. Miller is a bassist who's also a producer, arranger, composer (including movie soundtracks), and multi-instrumentalist who has appeared on over 200 albums. His first for Concord, MARCUS, is a savory stew of jazz, funk, pop, and R&B. There are lean, stirring versions of classics by Stevie Wonder ("Higher Ground") and Tower of Power ("What Is Hip"), soothing vocals from Corrine Bailey Rae, and a tip of the hat to Miller's old boss Miles Davis ("Jean-Pierre"). Add the saxophones of David Sanborn and Tom Scott to the mix and one has a recipe for some nifty, debonair, groove-centric jazz.
Down Beat (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Miller lets it rip with all manner of strip-slapping grooviness over robo-tough drum grooves."
JazzTimes (p.102) - "[He] unleashes his inimitable chops on hard-hitting instrumentals like the Indian-flavored 'Blast'....He also turns in a moving rendition of the Broadway tune and oft-covered jazz standard 'When I Fall in Love'..."
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