Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller / Amandla & Tutu

Gulgun Gunal | 20 December 2019

Roddy Elder asks to Gulgun Gunal

  • Your jazz festival pictures are top notch. Were you taking them in a professional capacity?
  • On another topic do you like amandla and tutu? Marcus is credited as being the driving force to the point if them being his albums and not miles

I try to convey a story that will reveal a bond of personal feelings amongst my viewers I share my part of the story and expect my viewers to construct their own instinctively. Together, we complete the story.

I like both of them. I myself, Amandla’s sound is different than Tutu. I listen to Tutu more often than Amandla as Tutu’s story seems more deep to me.

Here’s my answer if i understood correctly:

Both albums are important in their meaning. For example in Tutu both the name of the album and the first song is dedicated to the south african activist father Desmond Tutu.

In Tutu Marcus Miller did everything, composition, arrangement, instrument records etc. they say it is Miles Davis’s least effort album. In fact, in this album is also very important Jason Miles in the synthesisers.

On the other hand, Miles Davis’ biggest gift to us is Marcus Miller. If we go even further, it is of course the gift of his father to us. Very well explained about this, on the video.


He is a great musician and artistic man who I can not get myself to admire for music production and production as well as musician. He has a big share in making bass guitar a solo instrument not just a rhythm instrument. The bass guitar, which is a big part of the rhythm mission, is disinjected and turned into a solo instrument. Marcus Miller takes advantage of funk’s unique groove and to turn in another strong performance using the pre-slap technique, and replaces it with the fundamental infrastructure of modern jazz with its respectful arranging ability.

The result: An enormous genre that both the instrumentalists and the listeners can take over.

Another feature I like at Miller is being humble! In interviews with him, he constantly points out the other masters; Louis Johnson, Mark Adams or Victor Wooten. Marcus Miller is no less adept at them.

Marcus Miller also did;

“While I was working on the composition of Goree,” Miller wrote on his site, “I was  struck by the idea that” the door of no return “represented not only the end of the cultural experience, but in a way that door also embellished the beginning of our American experience “. This tragic memory has been somewhat appeased by the music that comes out of it and that wants to convey a message of “hope and resistance”.

To compose and record this album, Marcus Miller went in search of the rhythms that built the musical heritage of jazz, then, with his musicians, he went to Morocco and Nigeria, to Paris and Sao Paulo, from the Caribbean to Louisiana, ending in the big cities of Chicago, Detroit, and New York…

I mean, if it was not for Miles Davis, Marcus Miller would get in touch with us anyway!