New Albums by Marcus Miller, Mike Stern

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 3:41 pm (UTC+0)
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Marcus Miller's new album

Marcus Miller’s new album

Diaa Bekheet | Washington, DC – American multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller, the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, has a new album. Renaissance is Miller’s eighth studio project since his debut, Suddenly, in 1983.  It showcases an especially emotive 13-song collection that includes eight original compositions with richly inspired interpretations of songs by WAR, Janelle Monáe, The Jackson 5, Ivan Lins and more.

The two-time Grammy winner, world-renowned electric bass guitarist, clarinetist, saxophonist, keyboardist, and composer will tour the world to take the message of his musical movement straight to the people. Miller, whose resume brims with over 500 recording credits on albums across the spectrum of musical styles, has written the score for more than 20 movies, including “Boomerang” in 1992, starring comedian Eddie Murphy.

Renaissance is set for release August 7 on Concord Jazz.

Last week, 59-year-old jazz-fusion guitar legend Mike Stern released his new album, All Over the Place. The six-time Grammy nominee has special guests on the album, including high-caliber electric and acoustic bass players Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Mike’s wife, Leni Stern, is on board with her guitar and an exotic string Malian instrument called n’goni.

 

Mike Stern's new album

Mike Stern’s new album

Mike Sternwas a member of the acclaimed Blood, Sweat & Tears in the mid-1970s. He also performed with Miles Davis in the 1980s. He’s been using his jazz roots as a starting point for exploring a range of other music genres, including R&B, rock, swing, funk, and world music.

Stern just returned from a tour in Japan, and will travel to Canada next week to perform at the Toronto and Edmonton Jazz Festivals. In July, he will start a tour in Europe to promote All Over the Place in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark and Holland.

For more on jazz guitarists, including interviews with Pat Metheny, John Pizzarelli, Rez Abbasi, and Berta Rojas, click here.

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Diaa Bekheet
Diaa Bekheet has worked for a host of media outlets, including Radio Cairo in English, ETV News, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) and the Associated Press. He joined VOA in Feb. 1989 as an International Broadcaster, hosting a variety of popular news and entertainment shows such as Newshour, Radio Ride Across America, Business Week, and Jazz Club USA. He has interviewed a number of Jazz celebrities, including the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Shorter, and George Benson. Diaa is currently an editor for our main English site, VOAnews.com.

One Response to “New Albums by Marcus Miller, Mike Stern”

  1. Phil D says:

    Marcus keeps striding forward in his creativity, not lanquishing in old glory! Mike Stern just emotes fun as his guitar gives off the joy of the his skills! We play both artist frequently!

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