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2013 Reader Favorites: #3: Marcus Miller

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

Marcus Miller
Photo by Rafael Rezende [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It just wouldn’t be a top 10 list without the great Marcus Miller.

A combo of stories and videos landed Marcus on the #3 spot, and none of them cooler than the work he did in support of the UNESCO Project. I was seriously eyeballing some of the basses in that sale.

Of course, Marcus’ videos helped a lot too, and are worth another look.

Marcus Miller: “Detroit” & “I’ll Be There” Solo Bass Performance

“Detroit” & “I’ll Be There” Solo Bass Performance

In celebration of Marcus’ birthday, here’s some solo bass music by the man himself…

Marcus Miller Selling Personal Basses For UNESCO Project

Marcus Miller Selling Personal Basses For UNESCO Project

Just when you thought Marcus couldn’t get any cooler, he tops himself. The legendary bassist was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace last month, and is now selling off several of his personal basses to help fund a special project with the organization…

Marcus Miller Band: “Blast” Live

Marcus Miller Band: “Blast” Live

The 2012 Jazz Week Burghausen featured six days of performances by a variety of groups, including Marcus with his band. Here’s a clip from their performance of the tune “Blast”, from Marcus’ A Night in Monte Carlo. Marcus and drummer Louis Cato really lock it in…

Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)

Herbie Hancock : Actual Proof (Live)

In 2005, Herbie Hancock took the stage at Tokyo Jazz with a special Headhunters line up that featured Marcus on bass. Here they are performing the tune “Actual Proof”. Marcus is laying it down, and Carrington is really bringing it too…

Marcus Miller Kicking Off New Radio Show

Marcus Miller Kicking Off New Radio Show

Earlier this year, Marcus began hosting a new weekly radio show on SiriusXM’s Real Jazz, where he planned to feature acoustic and electric jazz as well as “anecdotes about the many stars with whom he’s worked intimately including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn” and more…