Marcus Milller – Concert Review. -
As our regular
readers will know this is not the first time the Gear-Review
team have visited el Porton del Jazz. Having hosted greats in previous
edition such as Spyra
Gyra, Victor Bailey,
Robert Cray, Victor Wooten, and this year’s
headliner Marcus Miller.
I must confess
that I am a big Marcus Miller fan, so this review might be
a bit on the biased side! Then again there is no arguing with
this man’s great musical journey, the quality of the musicians
he has worked with and awards he has acquired over the years.
Moving on and
after a nice meal at a local “Venta”
(restaurant) we arrive at the venue, Finca
el Porton. El Porton
as it is known to most, is a mid
sizes amphitheatre tucked away in the deepest corner of Alhaurin
el Grande, a sleepy town a dozen or so kilometres
from the busy city of Malaga in Spain.
minutes after the projected start time of 10.30 pm the show
started with a huge welcome from the crowd for Marcus who
kicked off with the first track from his new “Afrodeezia”
He then jokingly
moved sequentially through the albums main tracks, this is
track one, this is track two and
so on. Titles such as “Hylife”,
the Brazilian flavoured “We Were There”,
a very funky cover of “Papa was a Rolling Stone”,
also to add a very intricate and technical Miles Davis number
towards the end.
All the songs
performed where deep cuts with long solos from each band member
and improvisational sections. Each track was expanded to showcase
each band member’s musicality and the interaction between
them. These guys are really top professional musicians and
one cannot but be inspired by their musical and technical
Gear wise Marcus
was using his usual modified 70s Fender Jazz Bass, and also
a Sunburst Fretless Musicman Stingray
which he used on a few songs, all through a EBS head and cab.
He also used a Moroccan stringed instrument on “B’s
River” which as he himself has mentioned could be
the predecessor to the slap bass technique he employs.
was rocking a Tom Anderson Jazzmaster
stlyle Raven and in the keyboard
department we had a Nord Lead and an acoustic grand piano.
At the end of
the show Marcus held an meet and
greet so the fans that so wanted and I got my own Marcus Miller
Jazz Bass signed as well as a copy of the new album.
memorable concert indeed.