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Marcus Miller — Laid Back (June 1, 2018)

Marcus Miller — Laid Back (June 1, 2018)

                      Marcus Miller — Laid Back (June 1, 2018) Marcus Miller — Laid Back (June 1, 2018)■→         Rodina bez limitů. Jubilejní 20. sólo album MM, ve kterém nechá mluvit samotnou hudbu. Miller se na diváka usmívá vskrytu. Avšak za ty tři roky od vydání svého předchozího alba Afrodeezie se pouze smát nemohl, bůhví. Otec a tchyně mu zemřeli během střelby, jak upřímně píše v osobním komentáři v bookletu. Následně jsou některé části “Laid Black” věnovány také těmto dvěma. A co se týče zmínce o rodině: Millerovo dvanácté studiové album pod svým vlastním jménem může být považováno za rodinnou záležitost i jinak. Instrumentální jemnost i zde dělá zázraky. Celé to je úžasný relax. I díky kapele: Marquis Hill, Alex Han, Brett Williams, Alex Bailey, Russell Gunn. Samozřejmě to platí zejména pro coververzi slavné písně “Que Sera Sera”, ke kterému Millera podle brožury musela přesvědčit jeho žena. Selah Sue v ní vyvažuje hbité basové hrany pomalým, ale přesto přesvědčivým groove, i zde je vokálně dokonalá. Miller, který spolupracoval s Milesem Davisem, Lutherem Vandrossem (April 20, 1951 ~ July 1, 2005), Arethou Franklin, Eric Claptonem a Meshell Ndegeocello, má pohled na jazz, který je obratný a ikonoklastický, přesto však respektuje tradice umělecké podoby. Miller čerpá ze svých encyklopedických znalostí jazzu, funk, soulu a hip~hopu, aby vychoval posluchače k náhledu, jak se to všechno hodí dohromady. Bude se chichotat, ‘ha~ha’, když melodie skončí, pokud ji a TO tak opravdu cítí.
■→         Jak je tomu v případě projektu Marcuse Millera již obvyklé, i “Laid Black” ho odhaluje jako umělce, který je plně komfortní, uvelebeného s prstem na pulsu toho, co se děje právě nyní, kde a kdy slouží jako správce tradice. Je to jeho další vrchol v kariéře plné nejdůležitějších bodů. Na albu spolupracovalo 49 lidí. Bassist extraordinaire Marcus Miller follows up Afrodeezia, his expansive exploration of music from the African diaspora, with a return to funk on his vibrant new album Laid Black. Marcus brings the party with special guests including Trombone Shorty, Kirk Whalum, and Take 6. Mocně doporučuji.
Born: June 14, 1959 in Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Jazz, R&B
Styles: Contemporary Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Jazz~Funk, Post~Bop, Crossover Jazz
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Album release: June 1, 2018
Recording Location:
→       Bailey Music Studio, Las Vegas, NY
→       Buckjump Studios, New Orleans
→       Dockside Studios, Lafayette, LA
→       Golson Studios, Philadelphia, PA
→       Hannibal Studios, Santa Monica, CA
→       Jonathan Butler Studio, Calabasas, CA
→       Lofi Studio Boston, MA
→       Sear Sound, New York, NY
→       Synergy Studios, Seattle, WA
→       The Muffin Bakery, Belgium
→       The Village, West Los Angeles, CA
Record Label: Blue Note
Duration:     53:51
Tracks:
1 Trip Trap     6:59 
2 Que Sera Sera [feat. Selah Sue]     6:04 
3 7~T’s [feat. Trombone Shorty]     5:56 
4 Sublimity ‘Bunny’s Dream’ [feat. Jonathan Butler]     6:44 
5 Untamed [feat. Peculiar 3]     4:48 
6 No Limit     5:36 
7 Someone To Love     4:42 
8 Keep ‘Em Runnin     5:19 
9 Preacher’s Kid [feat. Take 6 & Kirk Whalum & Alex Han]     7:43
Written by:
■         Marcus Miller     1, 6, 7, 9
■         Ray Evans / Jay Livingston     2
■         Alex Blake / Marcus Miller     3
■         Alex Han / Marcus Miller / Brett Williams     4
■         Charles Haynes / Mitch Henry / Marcus Miller / Brett Williams     5
■         Eddie Del Barrio / Larry Dunn / Marcus Miller / Maurice White     8
Credits:
■         Adam Agati Guitar, Soloist
■         Alek Edmonds Engineer
■         Chris Allen Engineer
■         Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Featured Artist, Soloist
■         Alex Bailey Drums, Percussion
■         Cliff Barnes Piano
■         Eddie Del Barrio Composer
■         Alex Blake Composer
■         Feri Bong Engineer, Mixing
■         Ron Boustead Mastering
■         Jonathan Butler Featured Artist, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
■         Cathrin Cammett Back Cover Photo
■         Louis Cato Drums, Vocals
■         Brian Culbertson Trombone
■         Jan de Ryck Vocal Engineer
■         Andrew Dunn Cover Photo
■         Larry Dunn Composer
■         Ray Evans Composer
■         Colin Fleming Engineer
■         Jeff Gartenbaum Engineer
■         Harold Goode Associate Producer, Executive Producer
■         Bibi Green Contractor
■         Russell Gunn Arranger, Trumpet
■         Alex Han Composer, Featured Artist, Sax (Alto)
■         Charles Haynes Composer, Drums, Engineer, Mixing, Programming
■         Mitch Henry Composer, Keyboards
■         Marquis Hill Trumpet
■         Honey Larochelle Vocals
■         Jay Livingston Composer
■         Harry Martin Associate Producer
■         Caleb McCampbell Vocoder
■         Brenda Miller Producer, Project Coordinator
■         Julian Miller Engineer, Vocals
■         Marcus Miller Arranger, Bass, Brass Arrangement, Clarinet (Bass), Clavinet, Composer, Drums, Engineer, Fretless Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards, Liner Notes, Organ, Percussion, Producer, Rhythm Programming, Sax (Alto), Soloist, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocals (Background), Wurlitzer Piano
■         Xian You Ong Assistant Engineer
■         Peculiar 3 Featured Artist
■         Carlos Quintero Videography
■         David Rideau Mixing
■         Lex Sadler Art Direction, Design, Layout
■         Jason Shavey Engineer
■         Charles Smith Engineer
■         Patches Stewart Trumpet
■         Selah Sue Featured Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
■         Take 6 Featured Artist
■         Justin Tocket Engineer
■         Kirk Whalum Featured Artist, Flute, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
■         Maurice White Composer
■         Brett Williams Composer, Fender Rhodes, Keyboard Bass, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Soloist, Synthesizer
■         Karl Wingate Assistant Engineer
Review
By Howard Dukes
→       Miller Time, Marcus Miller’s three~hour exploration of the funky side of jazz, as the legendary bassist puts it, has become appointment radio for me. If I’m in my ride on a Sunday evening, I’m flipping over to Sirius radio station 67 to check out Miller Time.
→       Miller, who has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Luther Vandross (April 20, 1951 ~ July 1, 2005), Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and Meshell Ndegeocello, has view of jazz that is rangy and iconoclastic yet respectful to the art form’s traditions. He is after, all, the cousin of Wynton Kelly, who played the piano on “Freddy Freeloader,” the second song on Davis’ Kind of Blue. All of this explains why a Miller Time segment can include a hard bop classic such as Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father,” and then something straight funky from Incognito. Miller draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, funk, soul and hip~hop to educate listeners on how it all fits together. He’ll chuckle, ‘ha~ha’ when the tune ends if he’s really feeling it.
→       Miller chuckles at the end of “Trip Trap,” the live number that opens his upcoming album Laid Black. This cut finds Miller flipping the script on the hip~hop crowd by incorporating the percussive elements of Trap music — mainly its use of hi~hats, 808 kick drums into an improvised jazz setting. The cut features Miller showing why he remains one of the most creative improvisors on the bass and then ends with a freaky jam session between the keyboardist and horn player gives way to audience applause and Miller’s signature chuckle.
→       The second track on Laid Black, “Que Sera Sera,” is a tune Miller heard Doris Day sing both on the big screen and on her TV sit~com that ran from 1958 — the year before Miller was born — until 1973, when Sly and the Family Stone made the funkified cover version that the bassist reprises. Miller’s version finds the band wrapping a combination of slow driving blues funk, jazzy horns and sanctified backing vocals around Belgian singer Selah Sue’s wistful vocals.
→       Another remake finds Miller reimagining Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Runnin’,” an instrumental that served as a showcase for Verdine White’s bass work on that legendary band’s All ‘n All album. Miller transforms the track into a hip~hop cut where his percussive and percolating creativity on the bass serves as the focal point.
→       “Sublimity, ‘Bunny’s Dream,” finds Miller returning the theme of his 2015 project Afrodeezia, where he collaborated with musicians west and north Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean to honor the ancestors brought from the Motherland to these shores during the trans~Atlantic slave trade. “Sublimity” sports a gentle swing and finds Miller laying back and fitting in with west African styled percussion.
→       As is always the case with a Marcus Miller project, Laid Black reveals him as an artist as comfortable with a finger on the pulse of what is going on now as he is serving as caretaker of tradition. It’s another highlight in a career filled with highlights. Strongly Recommended.   →       https://www.soultracks.com/
Store: https://store.bluenote.com/
Website: http://www.marcusmiller.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcusMiller959
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcusMillerOfficialFanPage/
Solo albums:
■         1983 Suddenly   Warner Bros.
■         1984 Marcus Miller   eOne/Koch Records
■         1987 Music from Siesta — Marcus Miller/Miles Davis   Warner Bros.
■         1993 The Sun Don’t Lie   PRA Records, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         1994 Tales   PRA Records, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         1998 Live & More   GRP, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2001 M²   3 Deuces Records, Concord Music Group, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2003 The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg   3 Deuces Records, Telarc, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2004 Dreyfus Night in Paris   Dreyfus Jazz
■         2005 Silver Rain   3 Deuces Records, eOne/Koch Records
■         2006 Power: The Essential Marcus Miller   Dreyfus Jazz
■         2007 Free   3 Deuces Records, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2008 Marcus   3 Deuces Records, Concord Music Group
■         2008 Thunder — S.M.V. — Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten   Heads Up, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2010 Live & More/Silver Rain/Tales   Dreyfus Jazz
■         2011 A Night in Monte Carlo   3 Deuces Records, Concord Music Group, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2011 Tutu Revisited   3 Deuces Records, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2012 Renaissance   3 Deuces Records, Concord Music Group, Dreyfus Jazz, Victor Entertainment Inc. Japan
■         2015 Afrodeezia   Universal Music Classics & Jazz France, Blue Note Records, JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Corporation
■         2018 Laid Back    Blue Note
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