Preview: Marcus Miller tours UK, Eire

Marcus Miller, Grammy-winning electric bassist and producer, is set to tour the UK and Ireland this October in support of Afrodeezia, his debut Blue Note album featuring guests including Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper

Following on from the June release of Afrodeezia, his first album for the legendary Blue Note label, Marcus Miller will be setting out on a seven-date tour of the UK and Ireland in late-October.

Miller has been a major figure in many musical genres since the mid-70s. As well as a lengthy discography as leader, he's recorded on over 500 albums as a sideman with a diverse range of artists such as Donald Fagen, Eric Clapton, Jay-Z, David Sanborn and Luther Vandross.

As a jazz artist he's famed for his work with Miles Davis, playing a crucial role as multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger on the Grammy-winning Tutu (soon to be reissued by Warner Jazz in a remastered 180 gsm edition with a bonus LP of live performances).

Afrodeezia is Miller's first album as leader since 2012's Renaissance. Inspired by Miller's roles as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and Spokesperson for the Slave Route Project, the album was recorded at various locations around the world. It features Miller's core touring band of young musicians, with guests including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and keyboard player Robert Glasper. Tracks include We Were There, Miller's tribute to George Duke and Joe Sample; Preacher's Kid, written in honour of Miller's father; and a cover of the soul classic Papa Was A Rollin' Stone.

In his review of Afrodeezia in the June 2015 edition of Jazz Journal, Francis Graham-Dixon writes "...the standard of musicianship is uniformly outstanding across the set..." with Miller's "...expressive bass driving the intoxicating rhythmic interplay..."

Tour dates are as follows:

19 October, Liverpool; 20 October, Gateshead; 22 October, Edinburgh; 23 October, Manchester; 24 October, Cork Jazz Festival; 26 October, London; 28 October, Birmingham.

A new video interview, featuring footage from Miller's 2014 London Jazz Festival appearance, has been made available to accompany the album release and tour.

Bruce Lindsay

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