Many jazz traditionalists were riled by Miller's pioneering use of electronic instruments in jazz recordings during the 1980s. The use of drum machines and synthesizers came to prominence during the decade, especially in the "smooth jazz" genre identified with Miller's collaborator, David Sanborn. While aware of the shortcomings of electronic instruments, Miller explained to Sound on Sound that technological advances were fundamentally transforming how recordings were made: "A lot of people blame the technology, but it's not the technology's fault. There are many ways to make bad music. If someone plays guitar badly, nobody blames the guitar, so why blame technology?"
Marcus Miller - Power [live HD]
Festival Jazz Lugano 2008