Akin to the icons who preceded and influenced him- namely Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, and Larry Graham – Marcus Miller expands the language of our instrument on every composition, live performance, and record date he appears on.
The first time I heard Marcus was on Lenny White’s amazing Streamline (1978) collection when he was all of nineteen years old. By that age, Marcus had already established his identity as a player. Mr. Miller plies his craft with interchangeably fluid finger and slapping techniques which favor melody over dexterity – all of which are further enhanced by a flexible, earthy tone which Roger Sadowsky coaxed out of Marcus’ 1977 Fender Jazz bass. Marcus’ astonishing body work as a first call session player is matchless – as is his solo canon.
He is that rare player who stands out in any group situation yet always manages to support everyone on the bandstand from Herbie, to Bryan Ferry, Aretha, Miles, Mariah, Chaka…his recorded legacy is as exhaustive as it is enthralling. And in his spare time, he’s a Grammy Award winning producer, Sirius/XM radio host of Miller Time, and film score composer.