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2018 Reader Favorite Bassists – #5: Marcus Miller
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2018 Reader Favorite Bassists – #5: Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller had a big year. He released “Laid Black,” and he had a couple of big bass gear-related stories. All this, plus some fantastic videos by Marcus generated a ton of views - and put him on the "reader favorite" list once again.

Marcus Miller: Live Session at Deli Express
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Marcus Miller: Live Session at Deli Express

TSF Jazz shared this cool improvised session by Marcus Miller as part of their “Live at Deli Express” series.

Sire Guitars Unveils 2nd Generation Marcus Miller Basses
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Sire Guitars Unveils 2nd Generation Marcus Miller Basses

Sire Guitars has announced several major upgrades to their Marcus Miller line of bass guitars ranging from the pickups to the serial number system. Nearly every bass they make has been upgraded in some way. The biggest change is in the second generation pickups, which applies to the V7, V7 Vintage, V9, P7, M7, and V3 models. Sire writes that...

Marcus Miller with Selah Sue: Que Sera Sera
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Marcus Miller with Selah Sue: Que Sera Sera

Marcus Miller just shared an excellent video showcasing one of the tunes on his new album, Laid Black. Joined by vocalist Selah Sue, here’s their take on “Que Sera Sera.”

Marcus Miller and Ranajit Sengupta: Cantaloupe Island
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Marcus Miller and Ranajit Sengupta: Cantaloupe Island

Marcus Miller had just met Sarod player Ranajit Sengupta, and they decided to jam together on the Bimhuis stage in Amsterdam. In this clip, the duo performs a fantastic take on Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.”

In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists
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In the Queen’s Service: A Look at Aretha Franklin’s Bassists

Like the rest of the world, we’re in mourning over the passing of the Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul’s incredible vocal talents put a stamp on her generation while also giving her music a timeless quality that continues to be relevant today. Her career had highs and lows, but she was always a staple of the music world. We’re...

Marcus Miller and Michael League: How to Develop a Groove
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Marcus Miller and Michael League: How to Develop a Groove

Here’s a great clip from North Sea Jazz a few days ago with Marcus Miller and Michael League. The focus of this video is in response to the host’s question, “how do you develop a groove?” Michael immediately pushed the question over to Marcus, who decided it was better to show than tell. Then the two got into a great...

Marcus Miller: B’s River
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Marcus Miller: B’s River

Marcus Miller has a new album out, but today’s video features a tune from his last one, Afrodeezia. I was so intrigued by this 2015 performance at North Sea Jazz, thanks in large part to the instrumentation. Marcus describes the instrument – and the inspiration for the song – in the video description: “My wife, Brenda, traveled to Ndola, Zambia...

Marcus Miller Returns with “Laid Black”
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Marcus Miller Returns with “Laid Black”

After exploring his musical roots on his 2015 album, Afrodeezia, Marcus Miller has brought things up to date on his new album Laid Black. His iconic bass lines tie a mix of current styles together with killer instrumental melodies. “‘Afrodeezia’ was like a musical voyage through my history. I followed the journey of my ancestors by collaborating with musicians along...

Marcus Miller Featuring Tom Ibarra: Tutu (Live)
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Marcus Miller Featuring Tom Ibarra: Tutu (Live)

In 2016, Marcus Miller was joined by 16-year-old guitarist Tom Ibarra at the Saint Emilion Jazz Festival. Here’s the band performing the title track from the Miles Davis record, Tutu.