Byron Miller – Soldier Of The Groove

 

Bassist Byron Miller shares the fate of many sidemen who play with the superstars without the fame promotes their reputation significantly. He performed with George Duke, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and The Crusaders, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross.

In 2015 he released Psycho Bass, the fourth of his solo career after Git Wit Me, Until (1997), and I’ll Come By (2003), with three of the last recorded performances of George Duke, Ndugu Chancler on drums, guitarist David T. Walker and percussionist Sheila E. Psycho Bass is Byron’s Funk name.

The Gift: Psychobass 2 (2018) is Byron’s follow up offering performances of Kirk Whalum, Paul Jackson, Jr., Walter Beasley, Gordon Campbell, Phil Davis, Munyungo Jackson and more. Three tracks with Ndugu Chancler on drums he just left off. “When he passed, I couldn’t hear anybody else playing on them…”

On Soldier Of The Groove Byron lets his bass speak with the language called Funk. Byron entitles it a roundly warmer, gentler contact to The Funk. Byron’s new single “Soldier Of The Groove” is the follow-up to the hit singles “Funky Boy” and “The B Spot”.

Listen to Soldier Of The Groove on Smooth Jazz Buzz (Playlist 6/4).

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An intimate portrait of funk jazz master Greg Adams

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SAN FRANCISCO (Herald de Paris) — The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. A musical journey that has spanned nearly four decades from the time he first arrived on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the early ‘70s, Greg has been a driving force in defining an artistry that transcends musical genres, is still seeking out a course not yet traveled, is at his best when he’s testing his innovative boundaries. Adams diversity has made him the consummate performer, setting no boundaries and seeking no labels.

Adams is a founding member of Tower Of Power and is legendary for the horn arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought-out entity all its own. TOP is still traveling the world playing the arrangements that will forever include the musical signatures Greg invented so very long ago.

Beginning early with his arrangements on Santana’s Everything Is Everything, Elton John’s The Bitch Is Back, Chaka Kahn’sFool’s Paradise, Little Feat’s High Roller, and Heart’s Tell It like It Is, Greg has played on over five hundred recordings. You’ve heard Greg’s collaboration with Paul Shaffer on the opening theme of Late Show With David Letterman and on score arrangements in such films as Duets, Mask, Top Gun, Saving Silverman, and Austin Powers in Gold Member with Smashmouth. He teamed up with Stanley Clarke on Little Big League and on Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band with the illustrious Sir George Martin.

Greg has arranged, performed and recorded with countless artists as diverse as his career including The Eurhythmics, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, Heart, Linda Ronstadt, Luther Vandross, Aaron Neville, The Brothers Johnson, Phish, Little Feat, Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis and the News, Raphael Saadiq, Al Green, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Everclear, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Peter Frampton, Billy Preston, Terrence Trent Darby, Josh Groban Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Celine Dion.

For Adams it is always about the journey and where it will take him – and he is always ready to go. Greg has a new band poised for international recognition called East Bay Soul. EBS has put out one album and has recently followed it up with East Bay Soul 2.0 – completely produced, arranged and co-written by Greg. A collection of dynamic songs backed by his band East Bay Soul, Adams signature sound is clearly stamped throughout the album’s ten tracks, an equal mix of instrumental and vocal songs and a blend of funk, jazz, R&B and soul. Continue reading