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马克思米勒／MARCUS MILLER [所有作品]
发行公司： 马雅 [发行商品]
产品制造地： 台湾 .
发行类型： 流行 . CD . 英文 .
艺人 Marcus Miller (马克斯 米勒)
Genre Jazz R&B
Styles Contemporary Jazz Electric Jazz Funk Crossover Jazz Jazz-Funk Post-Bop
Audio CD (August 7, 2012)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Concord Jazz
By JOHN KELMAN,
Published: December 4, 2012 | 14,294 views
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Marcus Miller: Renaissance
Some things change, other things stay the same. Marcus Miller—producer and performer with everyone from soul singer Luther Vandross and pianist Herbie Hancock to guitarist George Benson and Miles Davis, composing and producing the trumpeter's late period classic Tutu (Warner Bros., 1986)—has been releasing solo albums since 1983, but it was with The Sun Don't Lie (PRA, 1993) and Tales (PRA, 1994) that the bassist/bass clarinetist established a modus operandi that has served him well in the ensuing decades. Renaissance fits comfortably within Miller's overall discography, with plenty of the cornerstones upon which he's built his audience, but there are some differences as well...and, in this case, that's a very good thing.
As undeniably talented a player as he is—hundreds, if not thousands of recording sessions as a sideman can't be wrong—Miller's penchant for making overly bass-heavy albums has, to some extent, begun to render his own records a little too predictable. Still, his records are always profoundly deep in the groove department, with Miller quite possibly the funkiest bassist to emerge from the Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius camps of the 1970s. There's still plenty of groove on Renaissance, and still plenty of room for Miller's irrepressible virtuosity, but the writing is broader, the arrangements more instrumentally balanced and, even though there are a few guests, he's largely working with a stable core group that includes keyboardist Federico Gonzales Peña and saxophonist Alex Han, both of whom appeared on Miller's recent A Night In Monte Carlo and the also-live Tutu Revisited, both released in 2011 on the Dreyfus imprint.
Guitarist Adam Rogers, appearing on half the album, and singer Gretchen Parlato, who contributes wordless vocals alongside Ruben Blades on the lovely Brazilian-informed ballad "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)"—one of six covers that also includes an impressive and moving a cappella closer by Miller, the Jackson Five hit, "I'll Be There," paying tribute to the late Michael Jackson—are surprise participants, but suggest that Miller's far more attuned to what's going beyond his usual circles than might be expected. And that's also a very good thing.
It's a more diverse program than usual that, amongst its seven Miller originals, includes the dark ballad, "Gorée (Go-ray)," a gorgeous feature for his bass clarinet work that kicks into double time for a more dramatic climax, and "Cee-Tee-Eye," Miller's visceral tribute to producer Creed Taylor's influential CTI label of the 1960s and '70s. Elsewhere, a lengthy look at WAR's hit, "Slippin' Into Darkness" is equally booty-shaking, with strong solos from guest pianist Kris Bowers and Cleveland trumpeter Sean Jones (one of the set's most impressive) before opening up for one of Miller's staggering, lightning fast but always in-the-pocket features.
For those who've always appreciated Miller's multifaceted talents but have grown a little tired of the sameness of his recent solo recordings, Renaissance is a refreshing reminder that he's as good a writer, a bassist and a producer as ever and, in a career now in its fourth decade and with a little better balance across the board, is still capable of making compelling music that's as good as—or, in this case, even better than—either of those seminal mid-'90s PRA dates.
Track Listing: Detroit; Redemption; February; Slippin' Into Darkness; Setembro (Brazlian Wedding Song); Interlude: Nocturnal Mist; Revelation; Mr. Clean; Goréee (Go-ray); CEE-TEE-EYE; Tightrope; I'll Be There.
Personnel: Marcus Miller: bass, fretless bass (5), bass clarinet (5, 10), acoustic bass (5); Louis Cato: drums, djembé (3), conga (11); Kris Bowers: piano (1, 4, 12), Fender Rhodes (1, 11); Adam Agati: guitar (1, 7, 8, 11, 12); Alex Han: alto saxophone (1-12); Maurice Brown: trumpet (1, 3, 11), muted trumpet (4); Federico Gonzales Peña: Fender Rhodes (2, 5, 9), piano (2, 3, 5-8, 10); Adam Rogers: guitar (1, 4, 6, 9), acoustic guitar (2, 10); Sean Jones: trumpet (2, 4, 6, 9); Gretchen Parlato: vocals (5); Ruben Blades: vocals (5); Ramon Yslas: percussion (4, 5, 7, 8); Bobby Sparks: organ (4, 6, 9), clavinet (9); Paul Jackson, Jr.: guitar (11); Dr. John: vocals (12).
Record Label: Concord Music Group
AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek [-]
Marcus Miller's career as a sideman, composer, and producer in jazz, R&B, and pop has been prolific. He's continuously pushed boundaries in order to blur and integrate genres. Renaissance is his first studio recording in five years (Free was released in 2007 in Europe and Japan, then re-released in the United States as Marcus in 2008). Renaissance's title reflects the idea that music needs a rebirth to keep up with the creative possibilities afforded by technology, and to reflect the ever-shifting, politically charged cultural landscape. The manner in which he posits this is anything but theoretical, however. Renaissance may be the most emotive offering in Miller's catalog. Groove and firepower are near constants here. Jazz-funk, R&B, rock, post-bop, club-jazz, and more come together in a wide-ranging collection that is deeply focused and expertly sequenced. Using a revolving cast whose core is alto saxophonist Alex Han, guitarist Adam Agati, and keyboardist Federico Gonzalez Peña, guests include trumpeters Maurice Brown and Sean Jones, organist Bobby Sparks, and more. Things get off to a skittering start on "Detroit," with Miller's bass riding heard over a knotty jazz-funk groove. Louis Cato's drums accent breaks in key sections, the souled-out horns highlight the choruses, and Agati's guitar nastily accents it all while Han's alto solo is a monster. The cover of "Slipping Into Darkness" melds Kris Bowers' piano and Sparks' organ with hand percussion, both trumpets, and Miller's funky reggae groove. The melody accents syncopation on the backbeat before weaving Bob Marley's and Peter Tosh's "Get Up, Stand Up" in as a logical yet surprising extension. Bowers' knotty piano solo illustrates the wide possibilities for jazz improvisation. "Jekyll & Hyde" combines alternate passages of elegant, soulful contemporary jazz with riff-driven rock as Agati and Miller complement and push one another. "Revelation" is a rumbling modal jam with funky highlights and fine soloing by Han. "Gorée (Go-ray)," with Miller on bass clarinet, is a lilting, post-bop ballad with lovely melodic interplay; it was inspired by his visit to the House of Slaves on Gorée Island, his feelings standing inside and reflecting on the horror of the slave experience. It's emotional quality contains numerous dimensions. It is a meditation on how the ends of the lives of these slaves as they knew them also birthed of the African-American experience, one of continued struggle that culturally evolved and transfromed into diverse musical forms that bore witness to tragedy but also triumph as the art created from this history has brought joy and meaning to individuals and societies across globe. Its tenderness and equanimity tells the whole story. "Cee-Tee-Eye," while a thoroughly contemporary jazz tune, pays excellent tribute to the inspiration of Creed Taylor's label. The set closer, a simple reading of "I'll Be There," showcases the bassist's gift for lyricism and understatement. Renaissance is a lofty title, but the inspired performances Miller puts on offer get very close to delivering on the ambition it promises.
Marcus Miller - bass, fretless bass, bass clarinet, acoustic bass
Louis Cato - drums
Kris Bowers - piano, fender rhodes
Adam Agati - guitar
Alex Han - alto sax
Maurice Brown - trumpet
Federico Gonzales Pena - fender rhodes, piano
Adam Rogers - guitar, acoustic guitar
Sean Jones - trumpet
Gretchen Parlato - vocals
Ruben Blades - vocals
Ramon Yslas - percussion
Bobby Sparks - organ
Paul Jackson, Jr. - guitar
Dr. John - vocals
01. Detroit [5:46]
02. Redemption [6:09]
03. February [4:15]
04. Slippin' Into Darkness [9:17]
05. Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) [feat. Gretchen Parlato & Ruben Blades] [6:39]
06. Jekyll & Hyde [6:30]
07. Interlude - Nocturnal Mist [1:16]
08. Revelation [4:46]
09. Mr. Clean [5:01]
10. Goree (Go-ray) [5:38]
11. Cee-Tee-Eye [7:39]
12. Tightrope (feat. Dr. John) [5:46]
13. I'll Be There [3:48]