Renaissance

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Marcus Miller's career as a sideman, composer, and producer in jazz, R&B, and pop has been prolific. He's continuously pushed boundaries in order to blur and integrate genres. Renaissance is his first studio recording in five years Free was released in 2007 in Europe and Japan, then re-released in the United States as Marcus in 2008. Renaissance's title reflects the idea that music needs a rebirth to keep up with the creative possibilities afforded by technology, and to reflect the ever-shifting, politically charged cultural landscape. The manner in which he posits this is anything but theoretical, however. Renaissance may be the most emotive offering in Miller's ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Marcus Miller's career as a sideman, composer, and producer in jazz, R&B, and pop has been prolific. He's continuously pushed boundaries in order to blur and integrate genres. Renaissance is his first studio recording in five years Free was released in 2007 in Europe and Japan, then re-released in the United States as Marcus in 2008. Renaissance's title reflects the idea that music needs a rebirth to keep up with the creative possibilities afforded by technology, and to reflect the ever-shifting, politically charged cultural landscape. The manner in which he posits this is anything but theoretical, however. Renaissance may be the most emotive offering in Miller's catalog. Groove and firepower are near constants here. Jazz-funk, R&B, rock, post-bop, club-jazz, and more come together in a wide-ranging collection that is deeply focused and expertly sequenced. Using a revolving cast whose core is alto saxophonist Alex Han, guitarist Adam Agati, and keyboardist Federico Gonzalez Peña, guests include trumpeters Maurice Brown and Sean Jones, organist Bobby Sparks, and more. Things get off to a skittering start on "Detroit," with Miller's bass riding heard over a knotty jazz-funk groove. Louis Cato's drums accent breaks in key sections, the souled-out horns highlight the choruses, and Agati's guitar nastily accents it all while Han's alto solo is a monster. The cover of "Slipping Into Darkness" melds Kris Bowers' piano and Sparks' organ with hand percussion, both trumpets, and Miller's funky reggae groove. The melody accents syncopation on the backbeat before weaving Bob Marley's and Peter Tosh's "Get Up, Stand Up" in as a logical yet surprising extension. Bowers' knotty piano solo illustrates the wide possibilities for jazz improvisation. "Jekyll & Hyde" combines alternate passages of elegant, soulful contemporary jazz with riff-driven rock as Agati and Miller complement and push one another. "Revelation" is a rumbling modal jam with funky highlights and fine soloing by Han. "Gorée Go-ray," with Miller on bass clarinet, is a lilting, post-bop ballad with lovely melodic interplay. "Cee-Tee-Eye," while a thoroughly contemporary jazz tune, pays excellent tribute to the inspiration of Creed Taylor's label. The set closer, a simple reading of "I'll Be There," showcases the bassist's gift for lyricism and understatement. Renaissance is a lofty title, but the inspired performances Miller puts on offer get very close to delivering on the ambition it promises.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072337947
  • Catalog Number: 33794
  • Sales rank: 23,831

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Detroit (5:45)
  2. 2 Redemption (6:09)
  3. 3 February (4:15)
  4. 4 Slippin' into Darkness (9:17)
  5. 5 Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) - Gretchen Parlato (6:39)
  6. 6 Jekyll & Hyde (6:30)
  7. 7 Nocturnal Mist (Interlude) (1:16)
  8. 8 Revelation (4:46)
  9. 9 Mr. Clean (5:01)
  10. 10 Gorée (Go-Ray) (5:38)
  11. 11 Cee-Tee-Eye (7:39)
  12. 12 Tightrope (5:46)
  13. 13 I'll Be There (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcus Miller Primary Artist, Bass, Bass Clarinet, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Rubén Blades Vocals
Dr. John Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Adam Rogers Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ramon Yslas Percussion
Bobby Sparks Organ, Clavinet
Gretchen Parlato Vocals
Sean Jones Trumpet
Federico Gonzalez Peña Piano, fender rhodes
Maurice Brown Trumpet
Louis Cato Conga, Drums, Djembe
Alex Han Alto Saxophone
Kris Bowers Piano, fender rhodes
Adam Agati Guitar
Technical Credits
Ivan Lins Composer
Lee Oskar Composer
Weldon Irvine Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Gilson Peranzzetta Composer
Charles Miller Composer
Bibi Green Management
Darcy Proper Mastering
Sylvester Allen Composer
Antwan Patton Composer
Taka Honda Engineer
Jack Frisch Art Direction
Luther "Mano" Hanes Composer
Chris Finney Engineer
Harold Goode Executive Producer
Bob West Composer
Harry Martin Executive Producer
Willie Hutchison Composer
Leroy Jordan Composer
Chris Allen Engineer
Janelle Monáe Robinson Composer
Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III Composer
Bernard Dulau Representation
Freddy Wexler Composer
Harold Ray Brown Composer
Howard E. Scott Composer
Morris Dewayne Dickerson Composer
Rod Steger Engineer
Charles Delbert Composer
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