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Marcus Miller Revisits Music of Tutu on Tour

Bassist takes young band out on road to do Miles Davis material

Marcus Miller on the Tutu Revisited Tour
Tutu Revisited Tour
Photo of Alex Han, Christian Scott and Marcus Miller
Alex Han, Christian Scott and Marcus Miller on Tutu Revisited tour

Miles Davis’ album Tutu, released in 1986 and named for Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, was a landmark recording for the trumpeter. The richly arranged material from that album and its followup Amandla served to define Davis’ sound for the final act in a long career of growth and transformation. Produced by bassist Marcus Miller, who had been a member of Miles’ band when he came out of retirement back in 1980, Tutu is widely recognized as one of the great contemporary jazz records of the ’80s with a powerful sound and feel that defy categorization.

In this age of tributes and revisiting of older albums, perhaps it’s no surprise that Tutu is being given a second life. And likewise that the man behind the rebirth is the man who was behind the record in the first place. All summer, Marcus Miller will perform “Tutu Revisited,” a concert of Miles Davis material, with a band drawn largely from a new generation, including Christian Scott on trumpet, Alex Han on saxophone, Louis Cato on drums, Frederico Pena on keyboards, and of course Miller on bass (and occasionally bass clarinet).

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