Marcus Miller: Blast!




Marcus Miller (bass guitar, sitar, keyboards, beat programming)


Marcus (Concord 30264)

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Marcus Miller (bass guitar, sitar, keyboards, beat programming),

Keith Anderson (tenor sax), Andrea Braido (guitar) Julian Miller (percussion programming), Bobby Sparks (synthesizer), Poogie Bell (hand drums), Patches Steward (trumpet), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), Bernard Wright (synthesizer), Lalah Hathaway (vocals)


Composed by Marcus Miller


Recorded: Santa Monica, California and other locations, no date given (CD released in 2008)


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

This is Buddha Bar music with an extra dose of funk. The mixture of Western grooves with Eastern modalities is very effective, and is furthered by the clever incorporation of sitar into the mix. The structure is built off a simple call-and-response between Miller and the ensemble, but the whole piece turns on the rhythmic fire generated by the bandleader. It's great to hear Miller, who turns 50 next year, still playing with such youthful fervor.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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