Steppers Song Of The Day]
Rush Over By Marcus Miller #stepperssongoftheday
a bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Marcus Miller has
worked on hundreds of sessions - crossing jazz, R&B, and rock - and has
released several solo recordings since his late '70s beginnings with
Bobbi Humphrey and Lonnie Liston Smith.
Despite the many hats he has worn - improviser, interpreter, arranger,
songwriter, film-music composer, bassist, clarinetist, saxophonist -
none of them have been put on for the sake of the whim. Never one to
merely get his feet wet, Miller has been a utility player in the most
extreme and prolific sense.
Miller was a fixture as a performer in New York's jazz clubs before he
was old enough to drive. Born in Brooklyn on June 14, 1959, and raised
in nearby Jamaica, he knew how to play several instruments with ease by
the time he entered his teenage years.
His father, who directed a choir and played organ, had a profound impact
upon his musical upbringing. Once he broke in with Humphrey and Smith,
he gained steady work with the likes of Dave Grusin, Earl
Klugh, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, and Bob
James. During 1981 and 1982, the in-demand musician went on the road
with longtime personal hero Miles Davis and would end up working
with him on several albums - including Tutu and Music from
Siesta - after that.
SMV is a bass supergroup formed in 2008. The group's name comes
from the first initials of each of its members, Stanley Clarke,
Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten. The collaboration gained
momentum when the three first played together at a concert held by Bass
Player magazine in New York City in 2006, where Miller and Wooten joined
Clarke on stage to present him with the magazine's Lifetime Achievement
SMV's debut album, Thunder, was released on August 12, 2008, with a
supporting world tour beginning the same month. More Below
Throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, Miller scattered several of his
own albums throughout the constant pull of production and session work.
His solo recordings were almost as diverse as his outside work; hybrids
of smooth R&B, funk, and jazz peppered the majority of the albums, while
1993's The Sun Don't Lie and the following year's Tales
(both issued through PRA) also incorporated sampling technology.
2001's M2 won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. 2003's
The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg, released on Telarc,
displayed his range as well as anything else bearing his handiwork; the
live set incorporated originals, improvisation, and covers that ranged
from material originally recorded by Talking Heads, the Stylistics,
and John Coltrane. Silver Rain followed in 2005.
Today's Steppers song of the day is Rush Over performed with
Me'Shell NdegeOcello from 1994.
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