Mark Christian Miller | Crazy Moon

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Crazy Moon

by Mark Christian Miller

Fresh interpretations of mostly obscure standards, warm, swinging vocals by a quintessentially West Coast vocalist with world class arrangements and musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
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2. Tomorrow Is My Turn
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3. Cheek to Cheek
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4. Second Chance
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5. Oh, You Crazy Moon
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6. Strange
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7. Moonray
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8. Twilight World
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9. I've Got Just About Everything
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10. April Fooled Me
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11. Almost in Your Arms
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a long awaited sophomore release from Los Angeles based vocalist Mark Christian Miller. Miller cut his musical teeth with the likes of Page Cavanaugh and Anita O'Day, releasing his debut CD "Dreamer With a Penny" in 2000, featuring Cavanaugh. He has since gone on to become a respected and very active music booker and promoter in the Los Angeles area, working with some of the top names in jazz. Here he returns to his first love - the art of the jazz vocal, ably assisted by arrangers Jamieson Trotter and Josh Nelson. Miller has chosen eleven mostly obscure standards, accompanied by Nelson on piano, Dave Robaire on bass, and Sammy Miller on drums. Trotter contributes four arrangements, including a satisfying, swinging "Moonray," and a fiery Latin take on the rarely heard Charles Aznavour song, “Tomorrow Is My Turn.” Josh Nelson's poly rhythmic version of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World" bears his unmistakable stamp of sophistication and sensitivity. Some of the finest session players working in Los Angeles today drop in for guest spots - Bob Sheppard on bass clarinet, Larry Koonse on guitar, Ron Stout on trumpet and Grammy winner Billy Hulting on percussion. This is a record of contrasts and variety. The record opens with a dreamy verse on "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" and the arrangement alternates waltz and swing rhythms. Bob Dorough's bop inspired anthem, "I've Got Just About Everything" is given a peppery take. Miller and Nelson perform a duo on the beautiful Jerome Kern ballad "April Fooled Me," and Bob Sheppard on bass clarinet adds a sly element to the overlooked "Strange.” Percussionist Billy Hulting adds the appropriate spice to two cuts, and Ron Stout lends a plaintive film noir quality to the beautiful Andre Previn and Dory Langdon ballad "Second Chance." The disc wraps up with a hard swinging Josh Nelson arrangement of the great "Almost In Your Arms," featuring Larry Koonse at his finest. As Miller says of his musicians in his liner notes, "You are known by the company you keep and I can only hope to live up to your musical excellence. You give me a sense of community, and for that I am forever grateful."

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June Wyler

I always try to see Mark Miller sing when I'm in LA
I've followed Mark's career for two decades now, and I always look for his live dates when I'm in LA. Go see him at a club, but buy his CD in the meantime!
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Rich McKinney

A lesson in vocal jazz
I can't say enough about this outstanding CD. Miller's voice is as smooth as velvet and he brings a vast knowledge of vocal jazz from his work with many of the LA artists who are well known. He chooses excellent musicians who enhance his creative concepts. Turn off everything else when you listen to him spinning his craft. He is not background material, and reflects innate talent as well as studied excellence. If you like vocal jazz, this should be in your collection. If you think you don't like vocal jazz, give it a listen. You just may learn something.
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