“If I overplayed behind a singer, there’d be a fight outside the venue, or a guy waiting for me with a knife!” Marcus Miller on why bands need to offer a “little more love and support for vocalists”

US Marcus Miller, jazz composer and bass guitarist, and Belgium singer Selah Sue (L) perform on stage during the Monte Carlo Summer Festival on July 23, 2014 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE
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Bassist extraordinaire, saxophonist, producer, composer, session musician and one-man phenomenon Marcus Miller will require little introduction for most. He first came to prominence as a member of Miles Davis's band in 1981, remaining with the jazz icon for the next eight years.

Countless sessions as a sideman, film composing, and another dozen years of enhancing his master-of-all-trades, music-mogul status finally led to his 1992 solo debut, The Sun Don't Lie.

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Chris Jisi was Contributing Editor, Senior Contributing Editor, and Editor In Chief on Bass Player 1989-2018. He is the author of Brave New Bass, a compilation of interviews with bass players like Marcus Miller, Flea, Will Lee, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Les Claypool and more, and The Fretless Bass, with insight from over 25 masters including Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Gary Willis, Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, and Percy Jones.