Marcus Miller with Kazumi Watanabe To Chi Ka Reunion @ Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010
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Marcus Miller with Kazumi Watanabe To Chi Ka Reunion @ Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010

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Marcus MillerMiller's career as a solo artist became better and better established during the 2000s. He was able to draw on the talents of major stars such as Eric Clapton, who appeared on Miller's 2005 album Silver Rain and cowrote the title track, based on a poem by Langston Hughes, with the bassist. Marcus Miller began to snare gigs at major jazz events such as the Playboy and JVC Newport jazz festivals. He commanded a substantial following in Europe, and in 2007 released the album Free while there.

Married and with three small children, Miller began to work extensively out of his home studio. In 2008 he released the album Marcus on the Concord Jazz label. Once again Miller recruited top-notch vocal collabora- tors: Lalah Hathaway, bluesman Keb' Mo', and, on a cover of the 1976 Deniece Williams hit "Free," jazz vocalist Corinne Bailey Rae. The album also included spoken-word tracks featuring Shihan the Poet and actress Taraji P. Henson. Interviewer Rashid D. Ollison of the Baltimore Sun declared that "Marcus Miller is in a happy space these days, and the jazz-pop bassist didn't even have to tell me so. Just listen to his new album, simply titled Marcus. Practically every note glows." Miller's happy space lay comfortably in between jazz and African-American popular music, a gap that few other performers have been able to bridge so successfully.

Kazumi Watanabe - guitar
Marcus Miller - bass
Omar Hakim - drums
Warren Bernhardt - keyboards
Mike Manieri - vibes

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