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2012 Readers’ Favorite Bassists – #1: Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller

This is the third straight year (out of three) that Marcus Miller has made our top ten reader favorites list. But this is the first time he’s been #1.

This was a big year for Marcus with plenty of highs. None was likely higher than the release of Renaissance, an album we consider one of his all-time best, which says a lot.

There was also the news not too long ago of a tour bus crash which garnered a lot of concern among readers here. Thankfully, the band made it through, but there was a huge tragedy in that event as well.

Here are the most viewed Marcus Miller articles and videos over the course of 2012. Be sure to check out our complete Marcus Miller archive for even more.

Billie Jean’s All Stars, Featuring Marcus Miller

1. Billie Jean’s All Stars, Featuring Marcus Miller

What do you get when you have five jazz masters improvise to an a cappella version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”? An Italian radio show decided to find out by having their guests record to Jackson’s voice while they were on the show. Bassist Marcus Miller, guitarist Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick, drummer Billy Cobham and others make magic with it…

Marcus Miller Injured in Tour Bus Crash

2. Marcus Miller Injured in Tour Bus Crash

Marcus Miller was injured in a crash early Sunday morning in Switzerland after his tour bus tipped over on the A2 highway. The bus driver was killed, while Miller and 11 other passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment…

Marcus Miller: “Nocturnal Mist” and “Revelation” Rehearsal

3. Marcus Miller: “Nocturnal Mist” and “Revelation” Rehearsal

Marcus Miller is currently on tour in Europe, and we’ve heard he’s been playing tunes from his upcoming album, Renaissance. Marcus just posted some really cool videos of the band rehearsing during this tour, including the very songs we’d heard about. Here’s the bassist and his band rehearsing “Nocturnal Mist” and “Revelation”…

Renaissance Man: An Interview with Marcus Miller

4. Renaissance Man: An Interview with Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller has been on top of the music industry for over 30 years, and it’s easy to see why. Even with several Grammy awards, numerous film scores, producing credits, and legions of fans, he’s constantly working to grow and understand the world around him – musically and otherwise. Check out our interview with the bass legend…

Marcus Miller’s “Renaissance”: A Review

5. Marcus Miller’s “Renaissance”: A Review

Renaissance sees Marcus Miller at his very best, in a band context with a group of young, talented musicians. Check out Phil’s review…