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Miles Davis was feeling down, scarcely touching his trumpet, lying low in his New York apartment. The year was 1986. But the phoenix was finally reborn thanks to the young Marcus Miller, with whom he recorded “Tutu”. Seven years later, the album “The Sun Don’t Lie” really got the solo career of the bassist underway. A natural catalyser, mentor and producer, a generous funky bassist and clarinettist, a talent-spotter, Marcus Miller today is a fully fulfilled ensemble leader. The artist with his trademark pork-pie hat visited Jazz à Vienne in 2012. With two Grammy Awards and some 20 albums under his belt, he opened up a new chapter with The Renaissance. The album “Afrodeezia” (2015), his first for Blue Note, reflected his aspirations as an ambassador for international black music. “As a musician I only found my real personality about ten years ago or so!” he says. The kid from Brooklyn, now 59, embodies both the history and the contemporary in jazz. While watching over the young career of his saxophonist Alex Han, whose first recordings he has just produced (“Spirit”), Marcus Miller is back with his twenty-third album, entitled “Laid Black”. And Marcus is indeed relaxed, especially this winter during the “Blue Note at Sea” cruise, in the company of Chick Corea, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Leslie Odom Jr. and Dee Dee Bridgewater!

Line-up : Marcus Miller (b, bcl), Brett Williams (k), Alex Bailey (dms), Russell Gunn (tp), Alex Han (sax)

Photo : © Andrew Dunn

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