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A Night in Monte Carlo
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"The ceiling and every wall beneath is adorned with the most unbelievable murals," Marcus marvels. "The setting was gorgeous." More amazing were the fabulous musicians of the symphony. "The Monte-Carlo Orchestra was very hip. They were enthusiastic about my music and understood right away the sound I was trying to get," Marcus enthuses. "After the first day of rehearsal, they all lined up to shake my hand! That put me totally at ease and made this the most satisfying experience I've ever had with a symphony. My band and the orchestra became good friends over those three days of rehearsal."
The repertoire for A Night in Monte-Carlo covers nearly a century of music - from two styles of opera to jazz, including a contemporized, spiritual and a timeless ballad. The program opened with a BANG with "Blast!" the GRAMMY-nominated Middle Eastern-tinged instrumental of futuristic world fusion funk that has been begging for a symphonic treatment since it was birthed on his ninth album, Marcus (2008). Not knowing what to expect, the audience was taken by surprise when the huge sounds of the orchestra and quartet filled the Opera House with this musical Molotov cocktail.
Since this recording was made in 2008, Marcus has presented A Night In Monte-Carlo with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic featuring Lalah Hathaway and Raul Midón for the 50th Anniversary of Jazz a Juan in the summer of 2010, and more recently at the Tokyo Jazz Festival with the NHK Symphony Orchestra featuring Roberta Flack and young trumpeter, Christian Scott. He has tailored each program to include his special guests and plans to continue to do so with various artists for upcoming shows.
Digital Booklet: A Night In Monte Carlo
Digital Booklet: A Night In Monte Carlo
Top Customer Reviews
this is one of Miller's best. the music is rich, with diversity and depth.
from Miller's own Blast! to brasilian samba, from Miles to Jimmy Dorsey all interpreted with great intelligence.
the orchestral backing by Philharmonic Monte Carlo adds dimension and richness of the overall presentation.
i don't buy many CDs especially given today's economy.
however, after listened to the entire CD at the shop twice,
i decided to make some sacrifice and put down my hard earned $30.
thanks to Victor which always delivers high quality jazz.
Buy it, you'll like it!!
The opening gems - "Blast!," "So What," "State of Mind," "I Loves You Porgy," "Amandla" - deliver the elements of funk, hip-hop and pop, with a strong vibe from Miles Davis lighting the stage. The closing superfecta of "I'm Glad There is You," "Medley: O Mio Babbino Caro/Mas Que Nada," "Your Amazing Grace" and "Strange Fruit" are built on orchestral textures that are enhanced by the sharp, studio-like mix and production.
For nearly 40 years, Miller has been refining his work as a composer, arranger, producer and musician. This special performance brings renewed focus and appreciation to his amazing career.
I have turned on some people to this music and keep receiving thanks you's. Great stuff!
Marcus and the Band plus Roy Hargrove & Raul Midon AND the Orchestra.
Plenty of nasty and tasty improv. Interwoven are some sick unison lines that carry so much force with the weight of Marcus' Bass (capitalized intentionally) the band and orchestra. Stanky, quirky, butter smooth, lyrical, haunting, jaw-dropping, ruthless, beautiful, funky....SIQUE! In all it's a work of art, a master class in multiple bass techniques and arrangement, composition, orchestration, interpretation...AND great for DATE NIGHT!
Granted my wife is musical, but not nearly the funk/fusion head that I am. I play a lot of "musician music" around the house and in the car, Yellowjackets, Karizma, Ricky Peterson, George Benson, Miles, Trane... But I only expect Marcus to still be playing when I get back to the car.
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WOW...heard this on my jazz station KUVO (kuvo.org) & had to have it...I play it often even tho it is 5 years oldPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a Marcus fan and this CD will not disappoint.Great arrangements and songs.Published 19 months ago by Matt A.
Great blend of Jazz artistry with symphonic backdrop. Marcus is amazingly talented!Published 20 months ago by Elaine S. Hamilton
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Very funky, groovy, young and with a nice style!!!
Phenomenal! I have been tracking Marcus Miller's career since I first saw him as an unknown nineteen year old with Roberta Flack's touring band in 1979. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Michael Javier