Yesterday, I was at an event at Hôtel de Talleyrand were Marcus Miller was designated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In this new capacity, Mr Miller will support UNESCO’s Slave Route Project. But who is Mr Marcus Miller? Well, he is simply put, a phenomenal, highly proficient keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics’ and readers’ polls for three decades.
He is also two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums. He has dazzled with performances, compositions and productions – in the company of some of the world’s most respected and accomplished players and superstars – from the mid-`70s to the present. The breadth of his collaborative talents were best showcased in his work with the late, great soul man Luther Vandross, contributing to well over half of his albums as a producer, composer and/or player on a string of hits capped by “Power of Love/Love Power” for which Marcus Miller won his first Grammy, 1991’s R&B Song of the Year.
Yesterday, Mr. Miller played some dazzling music that I felt deep inside my soul. To be honest, my words are not justifying the talent of this great musician. If you don’t believe me, please click here or better yet, check him out on you tube or visit his website here;http://www.marcusmiller.com/
The man is purely a genius and his music transports you to a place you may not even remember exists. These days Marcus Miller returns to composing and exploring new music of his own on his new album entitled Renaissance with a sharper focus than ever before, a new band of curious and like-minded young musicians, and a mission to travel the world – country by country, city by city, venue by venue – to take the message of this musical movement straight to the hearts, souls and minds of the people.