Genre-Defying Jazz Album On Double LP!
Featuring Trombone Shorty, Kirk Whalum & Take 6!
2019 Grammy Award Nominee:
• Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Bass great Marcus Miller brings the influence of modern urban music to his
trademark sound on his highly-anticipated, genre-defying new album Laid Black.
It's been three years since Miller's last album, Afrodeezia, which The New York
Times called "vibrant and expressive… music that frames his playing
"Afrodeezia was like a musical voyage through my history," says Miller.
"I followed the journey of my ancestors by collaborating with musicians along
the African Slave route – musicians from West Africa, North Africa, South
America and the Caribbean. With Laid Black, I decided to bring the music right
up to the present - using elements from what's happening in urban music today.
So you'll hear hip-hop, trap, soul, funk, R&B and jazz on this album. The music
is calm but also powerful and funky, drawing on the black musical experience.
Miller recorded most of the nine tracks on Laid Black with his band in a New
York studio and also recruited guest artists Trombone Shorty, Kirk Whalum, Take
Six, Jonathan Butler, and Belgian singer Selah Sue. Of his band, Miller says:
"My guys are incredibly talented. They play everything from bebop to hip-hop.
All of the special guests I called have the same vision about jazz, which made
it possible to create this mix of music. Oh and if you like bass, there's plenty
of serious bass work on this album too!"
Anyone who has listened to Miller's music or experienced his concerts live knows
that they are in for quite a treat. Miller's powerful, jazz/funk bass playing is
out in full force with this album – pushing boundaries and taking jazz to new
levels. Miller, along with his incredible band of young musicians, will be sure
to excite, challenge and transport audiences. With his distinctive style—a unique combination
of funk, groove, soul and pure technical skills—Miller has been referred to as
one of the most significant bass players in jazz, R &B, fusion and soul.
"Marcus Miller is one of the few artists that can cross the worlds of funk,
hip hop and jazz and satisfy all audiences. His latest album is a rubber necking
affair that will get your head bobbing to the grooves, making it easy to
overlook that this guy essentially invented the bass licks which dominate this
soulful release. While doing so musically, he takes you on a journey that his
ancestors did while, on the route as slaves, eventually lead to physical and
spiritual freedom." - Jazz Weekly
"The guests on Laid Black add to the record, but Marcus is still the star.
His musical sensibility is apparent in these titles. His ability as a
multi-instrumentalist (keyboards, synths, Wurlitzer electric piano, organ,
clavit, rhythm guitar, saxophone, amongst others) makes his unique compositions
come to life, and also makes them nearly impossible to duplicate." -
wrti.org, Jazz Album Of The Week
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
1. Trip Trap
2. Que Sera Sera (feat. Selah Sue)
1. 7-T’s (feat. Trombone Shorty)
2. Sublimity 'Bunny’s Dream' (feat. Jonathan Butler)
1. Untamed (feat. Peculiar 3)
2. No Limit
3. Someone To Love
1. Keep 'Em Runnin
2. Preacher's Kid (feat. Take 6, Kirk Whalum & Alex Han)