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  • Bass Transcription: Marcus Miller’s “Cee-Tee-Eye”

    Bass Transcription: Marcus Miller’s “Cee-Tee-Eye”

    “Cee-Tee-Eye” is from Marcus Miller’s 2012 album Renaissance, recorded to feature the new band Marcus assembled for the Tutu Revisited tour, which was a celebration of the Miles Davis album from the mid-80’s Miller contributed heavily to. The title for “Cee-Tee-Eye” is a nod to the various albums released on the CTI Records label, which... »

  • Marcus Miller Band: “Jean Pierre” Live

    Marcus Miller Band: “Jean Pierre” Live

    Today is Marcus Miller’s birthday, and we’re celebrating by listening to all kinds of music with Marcus (of which, there’s a lot to choose from). Here’s an epic video of Marcus with his band performing Miles Davis’ “Jean Pierre” at North Sea Jazz in 2011. It starts out with such a fantastic groove and starts... »

  • Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters: “Butterfly” Live with Marcus Miller

    Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters: “Butterfly” Live with Marcus Miller

    Herbie Hancock took the stage at the Tokyo Jazz Festival in 2005 with a version of the Headhunters which included bassist Marcus Miller. Here the group performs “Butterfly”, which appeared on Hancock’s 1974 album Thrust. Marcus starts things off on bass clarinet before picking up his bass. And at that point, things get extra groovy.... »

  • Herbie Hancock Kennedy Center Honors with Dave Holland, James Genus and Marcus Miller

    Herbie Hancock Kennedy Center Honors with Dave Holland, James Genus and Marcus Miller

    It’s incredible to think about how much music Herbie Hancock has made. He was honored this past year at the Kennedy Center, and the diversity of styles is astounding. In this video, a cast of some of the world’s finest musicians play through songs that define Hancock’s career, and that includes some heavy hitting bassists.... »

  • Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters Featuring Marcus Miller: Hang Up Your Hang Ups

    Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters Featuring Marcus Miller: Hang Up Your Hang Ups

    My pal Seth introduced me to this song a few years ago, and for some reason it always makes me think of New York City. We featured this song with Paul Jackson before, but this version is taken from Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters 2005 tour with Marcus Miller holding down the low end. Marcus takes a... »

  • 2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #3: Marcus Miller

    2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #3: Marcus Miller

    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’... »

  • Marcus Miller with Kazumi Watanabe: Live at Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010

    Marcus Miller with Kazumi Watanabe: Live at Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010

    Marcus Miller recently shared a series of videos of his performance with Kazumi Watanabe during the 2010 Tokyo Jazz Festival. So many great ones out to watch, but in this one, Marcus makes his fretless sing. The band also includes Omar Hakim on drums, Warren Bernhardt on keyboards and Mike Manieri on vibes. »

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  • Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)

    Herbie Hancock with Marcus Miller: Actual Proof (Live)

    In 2005, Herbie Hancock took the stage at Tokyo Jazz with a special Headhunters line up that featured Marcus Miller on bass. The band also included Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, Lionel Loueke on guitar and vocals and Wah Wah Watson on guitar. Here they are performing... »

  • Marcus Miller: Live at Java Jazz Festival 2013 (Complete Performance)

    Marcus Miller: Live at Java Jazz Festival 2013 (Complete Performance)

    What a treat this one is. The folks who run the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival have shared Marcus Miller’s entire performance from the 2013 Jazz Festival. The festival took place in March in Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia. The band – which also includes Louis Cato on drums, Kris Bowers on keyboards, Alex Han on saxophone,... »

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

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

    Today is Marcus Miller’s birthday, and so we’re celebrating with some solo bass music by the man himself. Here’s Marcus performing “Detroit” and the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. »