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2011 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #8: Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller is a mainstay on the annual No Treble reader favorites list, and 2011 is no exception.

The busy bassist released his live album, A Night In Monte-Carlo early in the year to rave reviews, including this one by Phil Wain here on No Treble.

We teamed up with Marcus, Concord Music Group and DR Strings for a Marcus-focused mega contest in February (note: the contest ended in March, 2011), including a cool video with Marcus we shot during the 2011 NAMM show.

Marcus made an appearance on Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s That’s How We Roll and did some wonderful work in support of the Japan tsunami victims.

To close out the year, we got some more good news from the bassist: he’s working on a new album.

Plus, the always awesome, always popular videos by the bass legend… which make up the top five Marcus features below.

Check out our complete Marcus Miller archive.

2011 Top 5 Most Viewed Marcus Miller-Focused Features:

Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller: “School Days” Live

1. Stanley Clarke, Stu Hamm, Bunny Brunel, Billy Sheehan, Flea, Alex Al, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Johnson, Wayman Tisdale and Marcus Miller: “School Days” Live

Stanley Clarke’s 2002 concert performance at Musicians Institute in Hollywood closed with a bang, with a stage full of bassists performing Clarke’s “School Days” for the audience…

Marcus Miller: Purple Haze

2. Marcus Miller: Purple Haze

During a recording of David Sanborn and Friends Super Session in 1998, Marcus Miller (the program’s musical director) showcased his take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.

Marcus Miller and Dennis Chambers: Scoop/Fatback Groove Mix

3. Marcus Miller and Dennis Chambers: Scoop/Fatback Groove Mix

This is incredible! Bassist Robin Koerts took Marcus Miller‘s video performance of “Scoop” and mixed it with Dennis Chambers’ video performance of “The Fatback Groove”. The only thing better would be if they actually performed this together.

Marcus Miller: “Bruce Lee” Live

4. Marcus Miller: “Bruce Lee” Live

Here’s Marcus Miller and band performing the tune “Bruce Lee” live in 2005 at the Jazz a Juan Festival in France. Miller is backed by long time drummer Poogie Bell, as well as bassist Doug Epting, who performs on bass and samples.

Marcus Miller: Run for Cover

5. Marcus Miller: Run for Cover

Here’s a groovin’ live version of “Run for Cover”, featuring Marcus Miller along with Hiram Bullock, along with Kenny Garrett, Poogie Bell and Patches Stewart.