My Classic Soul Podcast Jumps to It with Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller in 2002
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He's worked with the Queen of Soul, the King of Jazz and nearly everyone in between - and now, the latest episode of the My Classic Soul podcast has his stories, his way!

Marcus Miller joins David Nathan this week to look back on an incredible life and musical career. The Brooklyn-born bassist was barely in his 20s when he became an in-demand session player, working alongside icons like David Sanborn and Lonnie Liston Smith and joining the Saturday Night Live band for a few seasons.

Things really took off for Miller in the '80s when he joined forces with an up-and-coming session singer named Luther Vandross. Miller played bass on Vandross' solo debut Never Too Much and worked with him throughout Luther's entire career, including co-producing or co-writing major hits like "Here and Now" and "Power of Love/Love Power." The duo started taking on work with other artists like Aretha Franklin, whose Jump to It and Get It Right albums brought her back to the pop charts after a yearslong absence and presaged her comeback later in the '80s. Miller was also picked to play in Miles Davis' ensemble when the iconic trumpeter returned to recording and touring; the bassist wrote and arranged the majority of albums like Tutu and Amandla.

This wide-ranging chat with SoulMusic.com's own David Nathan - taking place 40 years after they first met - provides a fascinating look at one of the greatest living sidemen in R&B history. Hear and watch their chat below or listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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