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
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 Myron'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…”
Funky Boy is Byron's introducing into the album.
This title is all about the Funk as every funkateer awaits
it. Of great help was keyboardist/bassist Gerroud Thomas who
laid the foundation of this song. Gordon Campbell on drums,
and Walter Beasley with a sax solo complete the band.
Preparation Funk combines the art form of narration
with Byron's funky performance of his bass. 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. The title
song The Gift features Byron's legendary bass in
the lead again, but the listener shouldn't neglect the
sophisticated keyboard work and the excellent rhythm.
Say Hello approaches the smooth jazz genre with a
sonic groove featuring Kirk Whalum on sax. Originally George
Duke released the song on his dance funk album Night
After Night (1989). Byron played on this track his
well-known pronounced bass. Such way
closes the circle of Dukeism. On The B Spot
Byron searches the duet with the sax in a smooth way again.
We're On The Island evokes some Caribbean island
feeling with pan drums and Latin rhythm in a Carnival of
sound and firework of guitar and bass. Under George Duke's
tutelage Byron started his steps into music business.
Just A Feeling has that certain Duke flavor transferred
into Byron's sophisticated quickly recognizable bass.
The Funk Is On goes back again to the time of the 70's,
when the Funk was Funk. Wild, untamed and unbridled.
Byron Miller's The Gift Psychobass 2 offers no mix
but a collection divided in Funk and smooth jazz style. It
shows the Janus-head of a gifted bassist, who has influenced
the Funk in his primeval times, but at the same time builds
the connection to a modern contemporary style.
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Title: The Gift Psychobass 2
Artist: Byron Miller
1 Funk Boy 5:53
2 Preparation Funk 1:40
3 Soldier Of The
4 The Gift 5:32
5 Say Hello 4:41
6 The B Spot 4:59
We're On The Island 5:36
8 Just A Feeling 4:18
9 The Funk
Is On 4:48