his career, New York bassist and composer Robert Miller has been
creating jazz music with a lot of different musicians for several
decades. He started with solo projects and formed bands like "The Robert
Miller Group" and "Project Grand Slam" with some of the best musicians
of the genre. Several Grammy-nominations and Top 20 Jazz-Radio-Hits were
the result of that creative process.
For his new Album TWENTY, Miller has chosen sixteen tracks from his huge
oeuvre, mostly taken
from the two releases "Play" (2007) and "Spring Dance" (2012) together
with some older songs of Miller's solo work.
The whole album describes the unique career of Robert Miller and is -at
the same time- like a journey through the different styles of Jazz Music
of the last twenty years.
The first track STUDIO 1 taken from the album "Play" is a straight
smooth jazz song, with a nice
Saxophone-line, comparable to the early "Spyro Gyra", definitely a good
opener for the album, while SPRING DANCE, the title track of the 2012 -
album is a joyful up-beat number. This song earned him a Top 20 Jazz
Radio Hit. CAKEWALK FOR DEBRA, a groovy song with an extended Jazz-Piano
solo completes the first part of the record.
BECAUSE SHE SAID SO is a lyrical ballad with an elegiac Saxophone on
Solo, followed by the fusion-like FIVE TO SIX with tricky rhythms and an
excellent bass-line, building the ground for a rocking keyboard solo.
Also Robert Miller shows here his outstanding ability on his bass. The
second part of the recording is completed by the bluesy ODE TO JERRY.
MA PETITE FLEUR (My little flower) is a wonderful jazz waltz with a soft
Saxophone and a cheerful piano solo, while RIDING THE BERKS and HEAT
bring us back to the solid ground of fusion jazz.
CATCH YOU LATER comes along with a fat Brass section, Latin percussion,
Hammond-Organ and a playful Fender Rhodes Piano, while the more exotic
OUT OF TAHINI is another song with a complicated rhythm-line and an
expressive saxophone in the foreground.
STINGER, the longest track on the album, with its reggae-like rhythms
and Fender-Rhodes-solos is the most contemporary track on the album. It
contains -once again- a brilliant bass solo by Robert Miller. HEAT 2007
is a short reprise of Track 9 in a more stylish and modern arrangement.
The dreamy and balladic RETURN VOYAGE features a soft Saxophone
accompanied by the bass with a flange effect and a gentle grand piano.
The groovy FLAT-BUSTED with a joyful Fender Rhodes Solo completes the
third part of the recording.
The Album ends with the powerful CANNONBALL, which sounds like a
reminiscence of the old times of "Weather Report" with Joe Zawinul and
TWENTY is an excellent résumé of twenty years of Robert Miller's musical
career. He and his brilliant musical companions have co-created twenty
years in jazz history and hopefully they will go on for the next twenty
© Markus Michel 2014
Robert Miller - Twenty
Release Date: 2014
Label: Cakewalk Records (888295069120)
01. Studio One
02. Spring Dance
03. Cakewalk for Debra
04. Because She Said So
05. Five to Six
06. Ode to Jerry
07. Ma Petite Fleur
08. Riding the Berks
10. Catch You Later
11. Out of Tahini
13. Heat 2007
14. Return Voyage
15. Flat Busted