I heard an NPR story about a guy named Marcus Miller. He is a bassist, I believe. The stuff they played sounded amazing. Is this guy really good? If so, which discs can you recommend?
A bit late, but he's very good technically. Had his start with Miles Davis during his comeback period in the second part of the 70s, and was his close collaborator for a few years after that.
Saw him recently with an excellent saxophone player that looked as if he ran out of high school.
There's no doubt of Marcus Miller's amazing technical ability on the bass, and occasionally his compositions skills, but the amount of bass solos do tend to tire me.
Btw, he plays a pretty decent bass saxophone too.
Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten â€“ each a powerful force of nature in his own right â€“ have done more in recent decades to redefine the electric bass and push the limits of its potential than any other musician alive today. When these three titans â€“ collectively known as S.M.V. â€“ converge on the low frequencies, the results are no less than earth shaking. Thunder, their debut collaboration set for release on August 12, 2008, is a high-energy phenomenon whose impact is guaranteed to resonate throughout every corner of the jazz world.
The best album by Marcus IMO is his live album the Ozell tapes, a double album, live. Victor Wooten makes a cameo and they play twin bass, trading solos. While some may prefer others (& I do too overall re the likes of Jaco Pastorius), the one thing that Marcus has is a really great meaty tone while some others are so intent in showing they can play fast and high pitched finger work they forget about laying down the foundation of the groove that Marcus does so well.