Američan MARCUS MILLER patrí medzi najlepších basgitaristov na svete. Ako multiinštrumentalista a producent si za tri desaťročia pripísal na svoje konto dve ceny Grammy, dlhoročnú spoluprácu s Milesom Davisom a viac ako 500 nahrávok s hviezdami všetkých hudobných žánrov: rock (Eric Clapton), jazz (George Benson, Joe Sample, Dizzy Gillespie), pop (Paul Simon, Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan), hip hop (Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau) ale aj opera (Kenn Hicks, Kathleen Battle). Na Bratislavských Jazzových Dňoch koncertoval dvakrát, v roku 2003 s doprovodnou kapelou a v roku 2008 s projektom S. M. V. Na tohtoročných Jarných džezákoch vystúpi s päťčlennou kapelou (Maurice Brown – trúbka, Alex Han – saxofón, Kris Bowers – klávesy, Adam Agati – gitara, Louis Cato – bicie).
Okrem výnimočného basgitaristu Marcusa Millera sa predstaví v Bratislave aj legendárna britská jazzfunková skupina LEVEL 42, ktorej headlinerom je skvelý basgitarista Mark King. Popri veľkom množstve hitov a singlov vo svetových hitparádach si kapela vždy zachovávala vysokú hudobnú úroveň, virtuozitu, muzikantskú zručnosť a ich skladby aj po tridsiatich rokoch na hudobnej scéne sú plné energie. Ich koncert ma Bratislavských Jazzových Dňoch v roku 2004 patril medzi najžiadanejšie koncerty v celej histórii jesenných džezákov.
Aj slovenská hudba bude mať na 5. ročníku Jarných Bratislavských Jazzových Dňoch 2012 zastúpenie. Ktorý z domácich interpretov bude mať tú česť vystúpiť na jednom pódiu s Level 42 a Marcusom Millerom ešte nie je definitívne rozhodnuté, túto informáciu zverejnia organizátori v najbližších dňoch.
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Level 42 – BIO
Mark King – Bass & Vocals
Mike Lindup – Keyboards & Vocals
Nathan King – Guitar & Vocals
Sean Freeman – Sax & Vocals
Pete Ray Biggin – Drums
Level 42 took the 80s by storm with their brand of bass driven jazz funk that came from the underground soul scene of wedge hair cuts, pegged trousers, sharp shoes and soul patrols. They led a band of UK ‘funksters’ and soul acts that for a time changed the face of the street scene in Britain , dovetailing with the start of the commercial New Romantic movement , Two Tone and the dying embers of punk.
Level 42 clearly became the most influential of all the British acts but with the likes of Incognito, Light of the World, Lynx , and Beggar and Co to name just four made their indelible mark and gave the scene an identity which allowed mainstream radio to embrace more easily the infectious bass lines that were the hallmark of Mark King and Level 42 for a decade and beyond.
The band’s funk influenced riffs became synonymous with the 80s as much a part of the decade’s culture as shoulder pads, puffed hair, red braces and the rubiks cube , but the revolution started in the Isle of Wight when Mark King , Phil and Boon Gould and the all important keyboard electricity of Mike Lindup joined forces and were soon spotted by inde label Elite then subsequently by label giants Polydor.
1981 saw them breakthrough into the hearts and minds of all soul- funk lovers with Turn it on, Love Games and Starchild, these underground hits cemented their arrival as a true musical force and paved the way for a period of sustained hits that marked them down as one of the decades most revered live acts.
Their success in record and ticket sales, chart positions and awards is only half the story, the band left a legacy amongst a generation of 70s teenagers who had been bought up on US funk and disco that said there was life on the UK scene with home grown acts ; their music has been regularly remixed and they continue to have their bass lines and keyboard melodies interpreted by present day acts.
The last three years have seen the release of Retroglide, a studio album, and a UK and European tour, plus two summers of headlining jazz festivals across Europe and the Far East. They closed 2008 with 20 theatre dates around the UK and 2009 has seen them on tour in Holland, Scandinavia, and a fantastic evening at the Indigo 2 in London plus more festivals throughout the summer.
2010 finds the guys back in the studio, now Joined by Pete Ray Biggin ( of Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson/Incognito fame ) on drums, with plans to release new songs to include on a 30th Anniversary Release through Universal to coincide with their 19 date UK Tour in October. For more info go to www.level42.com
Over the course of among the most enviable careers in all of music, Marcus Miller has ascended into a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of eleven critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and four live) as a leader, featuring his astounding and singular technique as among the world's most gifted, forward-thinking and eclectic electric bassists.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Marcus is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics' and readers' polls for three decades. His resumé is brimming with over 500 recording credits as a sideman on albums across the spectrum of musical styles: rock (Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton), Jazz (George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Grover Washington, Jr.), pop (Roberta Flack, Paul Simon and Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan), hip hop (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), blues (Z.Z. Hill), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau and Michael Franks) and opera (collaborations with tenor Kenn Hicks and Kathleen Battle).
As a producer, writer and player, Miller was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, contributing the composition (and CD) "Tutu" to the canon of contemporary jazz music and in 2009, nearly 25 years after its release, recreating that music on his own “Tutu Revisited” tour which was released as a double CD and DVD. Twenty years after the death of Davis, Marcus produced Tribute to Miles, a tour of Europe featuring Miller on bass guitar as well as upright bass and bass clarinet, with two other legendary alumni of Davis’ bands, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
As a co-producer, arranger and player, Marcus was highly influential in the success of Luther Vandross, co-writing dozens of R&B/pop million-sellers with the beloved singer, including "Never Too Much," "Any Love," "Til My Baby Comes Home," "For You To Love" and the Grammy-winning “Power of Love/Love Power.”
In the movie world, Marcus rose from writing the all-time great go-go party jam "Da Butt" for Spike Lee's "School Daze" to becoming the go-to score composer of 20+ films, ranging from the Hudlin Brothers’ comedy classic "Boomerang" and the family gem "This Christmas" to the animated children's film "The Trumpet of The Swan," the basketball documentary "1 Love" and Chris Rock’s coming of age television series “Everybody Hates Chris.”
And starting with David Sanborn's 1980 album Hideaway and its follow-up Voyeur (for which the alto sax giant won a Grammy performing Marcus' composition "All I Need is You"), Marcus not only left an indelible mark on Sanborn’s distinctive sound, he laid the often-copied blueprint for the coolest of contemporary jazz sounds.
Today Marcus’ interests and projects are expanding into even more artistic endeavors. 2007 found him hosting the first North Sea Jazz Cruise, which called for him to not just bring his band and turn the boat out, but hand-pick the other musicians who participated, covering all the bases with legends Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, David Sanborn and Dee Dee Bridgewater, edgy contemporary stars Roy Hargrove, James Carter, DJ Logic and Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, European imports Ulf Wakenius and Silje Nergaard and fierce up-and-comer Lionel Loueke. Treating fans to excellently planned programs (including a Sunday morning “Gospel Hour” co-hosted with the chameleonic Kirk Whalum) as well as spontaneously thrilling jam sessions, Marcus also led seminars, interviews with the giants, and encouraged all the stars to mingle with the cruisers. So awesome was the experience that Marcus was asked back to host the inaugural Playboy Jazz Cruise of the Caribbean in 2009 and he is now the co-host of the Smooth Jazz Cruise with David Sanborn. Sanborn and Miller have also reunited on a summer tour of the US and Japan with George Duke (another jazz cruise regular) as DMS.
In 2008, Stanley Clarke, Marcus and Victor Wooten, 3 titans of the bass world teamed up to produce “Thunder” and subsequently tour the world as SMV. This unique alliance of three generations of bass gods had been on chat room and fan gathering wish lists for over 15 years, kept alive by periodic statements from all three that schedules permitting they would give it a go. Finally, in October 2007, with Clarke set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player magazine, at its annual Bass Player Live! Event in New York, Miller and Wooten made the time to attend and induct their mentor. The ensuing VSOP Jam not only blew the minds of the 900 in attendance, it cemented for the trio their inherent musical chemistry and thus the viability of pursuing the project in earnest.
Miller’s career continues to constantly evolve and change, keeping him at the forefront of jazz. We can only imagine where his impeccable musical instinct and genius will lead him next.
Marcus Miller - bass, bass clarinet
Maurice Brown - trumpet
Alex Han - saxophone
Kris Bowers - keybords
Adam Agati - guitar
Louis Cato - drums
Zdroj: Rock Pop Bratislava
Publikoval: Redakcia GREGI.NET