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

Marcus Miller: Renaissance“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 were influential not only to Marcus, but to jazz/funk musicians everywhere.

This track is a real treat for bass players. In addition to a cracking bass solo, it has all the typical Miller trademarks: palm-muted grooves, nimble fingerstyle lines and tight, punchy slap grooves underpinning the other musician’s solos.

All of the above makes it a challenging study piece for any bass player, and the perfect piece with with to relaunch our transcription column.

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