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date: 22 November 2019

Miller, (William) Marcus locked

  • E. Ron Horton

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(b Brooklyn, NY, June 14, 1959). American electric bass player, clarinetist, bass clarinetist, producer, and composer. He began his music career at the High School of Music and Art, a magnet school in the New York area, where he studied orchestral clarinet as his main instrument. He continued his study of clarinet at Queens College. At the same time he pursued an alternate education performing on electric bass guitar in New York with jazz and popular music ensembles. Miller’s career gained momentum in the late 1970s when he began to record with such artists as Chaka Khan, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., and Elton John. The turning point in his early career was his work on Miles Davis’s comeback album, Man with a Horn. Miller collaborated extensively with Davis, notably on Davis’ Grammy Award-winning album Tutu, for which he wrote all but two of the songs and served as the producer. Through multi-tracking, he is heard simultaneously on synthesizer, drums, guitar, and soprano saxophone, as well as bass on most of the work. In ...

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