Marcus Miller's tasteful work as a side man on Donald Fagen's "Maxine"
Sup Bass players,
Most of us know Marcus as a Slapping and Popping band leader who got his big break playing with Miles but ive never heard him as a sideman (I have i just did not know it), but who would Marcus tone it down for and play for the song?
I first heard Donald Fagen's NightFly in the early 2000's and its been played heavily over the past decade plus, its simply a Brilliant album, now some of you may find it tough to get over the "Smooth Jazz" sound of it but i assure you there is some really Hip musical action going on in all front of this disc, the song writing, the playing, the production... Steely Dan/Donald Fagen always hire the best of the best for thier recordings and shows, ive seen them 9 times and they are the BEST and most professional in the Business.
Lately ive been heart broken and this song from Nightfly "Maxine" has been stuck in my head and makes me feel better, so ive been listenting to it several times a day. I was poking around on the Net looking up the credits and to my suprise the Bass player on this track is none other than Marcus Miller! The reason im so shocked is that the Bass line is very dailed back and simple (or so it seems) and its just what the track calls for, nothing else. The more you listen to it you begin to pick up on the Rythmic hipness and when you try to sit down and learn it you WILL appreciate Marcus' tastefull playing, ive never really heard him play this way and i have a new found respect for his playing.
i just knew i was marcus when i heard this on a Lee Rit CD!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWdcjUGgcwc
Marcus tones it down a lot for "Vision Of Love" (Mariah Carey)...as a sideman, he plays what is needed for Spyro Gyra, The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Tom Scott (Apple Juice), Luther Vandross, the aforementioned Night Fly album, et al.
We had heard there was a rift of sorts between Fagen/Becker (via magazines, word-of-mouth)...nevertheless, when Fagen released this solo album, it was bliss...and, IMO, sounded very much in the vibe as the previous 2-3 Steely Dan albums. Which made a few of us think: So what the hell was Becker's role in the Steely Dan sound?
The Anthony Jackson tracks ("IGY" & "Ruby, Baby" are the hi-lights for me).
EDIT: Looking back, it was only 2 years between Gaucho & The Nightfly?!?!?
Back then, it felt like an eternity!
Thanks for posting it.
I guess I'll have to get that CD too.
I can't ever stop to listening this song, a truly example of how great musicians play when they need to be just side man.
The band lineup in this album and in this tune is simply excellent, the mix is great and still contemporary, the harmony just amazing and the solos something that you sing when you're shaving. Hat tip on all of them that gifts us such a wonderful music.
Marcus is the MAN! Yes he can slap and pop but you don't guest on well over 1000 recordings by just slapping and popping! Marcus can play any style he needs to.
Re 'Marcus the slap&pop monster': Keep in mind that Mr Miller was 21 or 22 years old when this was recorded. World class pro studio work at that age is quite impressive, I think.
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