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dial M for Bass by Don Miller

Turn up a little heat with that bass and the recipe for a successful release is set. Don Miller along with High Life Records has set free a true all-star jazz triumph. "Dial M for Bass, the M standing for "magnetic" for the sounds on this disc never let you forget what jazz should be. From vocals to tempo, this project is driven by the pure urge to sweat out every bit of talent from all involved in its creation.

Assembled is a collection of the best jazz has to offer in talent from Miller himself, to such names as pianists Felix Gomez and Brian Murphy, vocalists Miss Selena Baker and Kooley Scott, and drums performed by Duffy Jackson, along with a laundry list of others. Miller's release allows a carousel of craftsman, all at the fingertip of the listener; surround a superb effort by the man with the bass.

Miller's "Cornbread, Chittlins, and Your Love" is a jazz ballad laid out for any time with anyone. Murphy's pianist virtues are stellar in this cut, along with a heavy but subtle foundation from drummer Duffy Jackson. Throughout the piece the faint hint of Millers bass adding the body needed to make this high quality audio candy.

If vocals send your being out of balance, "Hello Like Before", will take you left of center. This duet of Baker and Scott is as melodic and sensual as duets can become. The blend of the voices with the sax lead and piano base, gives this a very special touch for that evening of intimate gratification. This slice is a true contribution just for the listener.

Felix Gomez goes to town on board his ivories with the final cut on this project "Unit 7". The powerful intertwining of bass, drums, and keys, creates a magical current that stays and lays out the true signature for this entire project, just pure uncontaminated cool!

Instead of dialing "M" for bass, just press "P" for perfection!

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Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Don Miller
  • CD Title: dial M for Bass
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: High Life Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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