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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by slagheap, Jun 20, 2020.
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I saw that Duke band with Byron and a very young Sheila E back in the day, awesome stuff!
i have a good transcription of the first two minutes. chorus, fills, and the first two bridges, which gives most of what ya' need. playing thru it cleanly at tempo is another story - they are really cranking as you to play along. regret i never saw that Duke band. on the other hand, feel so lucky to have seen Flora & Airto several times a few years earlier, with Alfonso. thanks for reply.
George Duke always was great with Latin, especially Brazilian grooves, and Byron Miller is a great, but underrated bassist. I know at this time, Miller was a P-Bass guy, but that bass sounds like it could be a Jazz. I never thought about that before until now.
He should be much more well known. Interview, 8:45, on Reach For It he played his 1960 Fender Precision.
I saw him play that live on the Midnight Special with his Precision.
Byron Miller plays on some of the songs here. One of my fave George Duke albums.
Often imitated, never equaled.
Full Disclosure: I hate Byron Miller's tone. It is everything about a Precision Bass that irks me, condensed into one succinct flabby fart.
But ho-lee-crap can he groove! Great funk bass player.
if you can get past the cheesey vocoded vocals and the general disco vibe, check out this track with Herbie Hancock. Slammin'!
(Note, that YouTube page incorrectly credits the bass playing on this track to Paul Jackson. But the original album liner notes make it clear that Byron Miller played on this.)
there are different takes regarding the axe on that solo. in the 2015 BP magazine he says it was a '72 p bass with pre-amp mod added & medium gauge regular rotosound swing bass rounds.
miller said there was some studio processing going on. not a lot, but some. he played for a spell & they went back and edited the solo into what was on the record.
Why this guy has not invested in a 2 lavaliere mic setup by now befuddles me.
He did mentioned his P Bass was modified.