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The Montreux Jazz Festival closing night, a line up that was not to be missed. Legendary bass player Marcus Miller performed at the Auditorium Stravinski, followed by a group performance tribute to Claude Nobs, the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The Auditorium Stravinski was the place to be if you were looking for a powerful and energetic performance.While there was another venue for the Latin Jazz lovers with a performance from the great pianist and the multi Grammy winner”Chucho Valdes”.
Marcus Miller is well known for being an outstanding bass player and a great band leader, whether it was with Miles Davis in the 80s and his huge success producing and composing “Tutu,” or with David Sanborn in the 70s. He always managed to keep his music life busy by playing with all sort of legendary artists and all different genres.
Since 1983, Marcus Miller has been known as one of the best solo artists, touring and producing albums under his own name, featuring highly skilled musicians such as Bobby Sparks and Poogie Bell.
(Footage From Legends Live At Montreux 1997)
At Montreux this year, Marcus featured his latest album, “Renaissance.” Released in 2012, it is a powerful new funk and contemporary production. Marcus’s funk features bass guitar as the lead of every song, giving a vibrant feel full of bass clef energy. Miller was joined at Montreux by trumpeter Maurice Brown, alto saxophonist Alex Han, drummer Louis Cato, guitarist Adam Agati, and keyboardist Kris Bowers. None of these musicians are out of their 20s, and to play to Marcus Miller’s standard at such an age is a great compliment and a privilege. They need to be as tight with the music as Marcus is, or else they would not be able to pull through. They have been touring with Marcus now since the release of the new album and their performance at the Monterux this year was outstanding, filled as usual with unexpected surprises and extreme instrumental solos.
(Marcus Performing one of his latest album Tracks’Detroit)
Even though Marcus’s gig at the Montreux was part of his “Renaissance” album tour, it was not limited to only the songs of that album, as usual by public demand Marcus played some of many of his other successful tunes, such as the epic contemporary “Blast,” and as a tradition of playing this track live, a powerful saxophone solo is always in order, building up motivation for more solos by the rest of the group, no matter how many times Marcus has performed this song with his group at his tours it has never failed to hype up the crowd to an ultimate.
(An Interview With Marcus Miller At The Montreux Festival 2013)
Although Miller has been playing for all these years, his new album and his live shows is a testament to his skill and that he sounds just as good as he did when he was playing with Miles Davis or David Sanborn or any other.
Photo Courtesy of Fabbio Venni