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Harry Miller

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by oliebrice, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    Hastings, UK
    Harry Miller hasn't had his own thread on here yet, so to avoid de-railing the Eriv Revis one any further thought I'd start one...
    One of the most exciting, funky, creative and energetic bassists I've ever heard. Best things to listen to first are probably Brotherhood of Breath, the Brotzmann/Moholo trio, Mike Osbourne trio and duos with Brotzmann and Rudu Malfatti.
  2. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    Hastings, UK
    heres his wikipedia entry, for anyone who doesn't know about him...

    "Harold Simon 'Harry' Miller (born 25 April 1941 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa - died 16 December 1983, in the Netherlands) was a South African jazz bass player.
    Miller began his career as a bassist with Manfred Mann, and came to settle in London. He was a central figure in the mixture of South-African township music and free-jazz which dynamised the scene in London at the end of the sixties and into the seventies. Miller recorded frequently with musicians such as Mike Westbrook, Chris McGregor, John Surman, Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett and Elton Dean. At the end of the 1970's he went to the Netherlands due to economic reasons where he worked with musicians of Willem Breuker's circle.
    The record label, Ogun Records which he founded with his wife Hazel Miller was vital for documenting that period, and is still active today."
  3. Ashley Long

    Ashley Long

    Jan 3, 2004
    Yeah I love his playing. Ogun does (or did, I'm not sure if its out if print) a collection of some of his albums plus a extensive booklet which contains not only some great playing, but some really great insights into the man himself. I good chat with Keith about him and he recommended some great stuff. I really like the duo with Malfatti, his solo (overdubbed) album 'children at play' is also superb.
  4. damonsmith


    May 10, 2006
    Quincy, MA
    It is hard to imagine how good he was with out hearing him. There is a really beautiful FMP album called Berlin 'Bones. I love that one. Most of his out of print work is floating around soulseek, the FMP duo with Radu as well as the Brötzmann trios, there are two great bootlegs with Brötzmann, one with Moholo and one with Willi Kellers.

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