May 19, 2024
Marcus Miller
Master of all Trades – DVD
Koch – 2005
S. H. Watkins, Sr.

Wow! Marcus Miller is arguable one of the best electric bassists in the world and you need only get a few minutes into this CD to see why. Few performers can stand with bass in hand and pop it like Marcus Miller does. Backed by Poogie Bell, Dean Brown, Roger Byam, Bruce Flowers, and Michael “Patches” Stewart Miller leads the crew through some seriously funky and sometime mellow sets.

 Recorded live at the famed Knitting Factory in Hollywood, CA in October of 2002, Miller and the band are joined on a few numbers (Boomerang, People Make The World Go Round) by vocalists Lalah Hathaway and Raphael Saadiq.

What else can I tell you? The man has written music for Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin, performed on over 400 artist CDs including Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, Bill Withers, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and LL Cool J as well as producing countless hits and scoring over a dozen films.

But the point is the music. Marcus and the band JAM the tunes, the DVD production is excellent and the listener is immersed in the experience.

DVD 2 contains a series of guest interviews with – Luther Vandross, Herbie Hancock, Roberta Flack, Stanley Clark, Reginald Hudlin, Lalah Hathaway, Lenny White, Omar Hakim, Bill Withers and Ralph MacDonald.

This is a must have DVD.

Track List01. Power
02. Lonnie’s Lament
03. So What
04. Scoop
05. Boomerang
06. Panther
07. When Your Life Was Low
08. People Make The World Go Round
09. Amazing Grace
10. Burning Down The House
11. Killing Me Softly
12. Miles Medley: Hannibal – Tutu – Amandla.