Robert Miller's music starts with memorable melodies combined with great grooves and then adds inspired improvisation. The uptempo numbers have snap and bite, and just make you feel good! The ballads are warm, tender and unforgettable. This CD features 16 of Robert's best compositions as recorded with Project Grand Slam (PGS) and The Robert Miller Group (RMG) over the last twenty years.
PGS has been described by Acid Jazz Magazine as “a spectacular mix of jazz, fusion and rock that combines melody, groove and great improvisation.” PGS has released two CDs – “Play” (2007) and “Spring Dance” (2012). Both predominantly featured Robert’s tunes.
“Play” was nominated for 7 Grammys, and the band (including 5 of Robert’s tunes) was featured in an episode of the hit NBC television series “Lipstick Jungle” featuring Brooke Shields. The title track from “Spring Dance”, written by Robert, was a Top 20 Jazz Radio hit.
In the 1990s Robert formed RMG. His first CD as leader, “Miles Behind” (later renamed “Child’s Play”) (1994), featured several of his compositions and included Anton Fig, Randy Brecker, Jon Lucien and Tony “Thunder” Smith. RMG’s second CD, “Prisoners of Love” (1996), primarily featured Robert’s compositions. The reviews of these two CDs were uniformly excellent:
"Robert Miller is a bass player that's drawing raves these days!" – Pulse Magazine
"Miller is a passionate and skillful bass player, writing, recording and performing some of the tightest, ear-catching contemporary jazz currently on disc." – Bruce Pilato, Gannett News Service
"Miller's original tunes are first rate…Miller also brings excellent taste to his choice of music and talent." – JazzTimes
"Miller's bass invigorates!" - Bass Player Magazine
"To the extremely hip, tight yet edgy Robert Miller Group, Child's Play involves taking live improvisational excursions over basic trios and quartets in styles ranging from pop/rock to blues and straight ahead jazz....As solid as Miller is, his real job is laying foundations for all the jamming. In a land where everything seems tailored for radio play, Miller's boys don't mind stretching the limits." - Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide
"Miller's edgy electric bass work is perfectly suited for a program of brisk, rhythmically turbulent pieces" - Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
"Robert plays the bass with ease. This is just great jazz music" (Four Stars) - Strictly Jazz
"Appealing mainstream jazz from the electric bassist, joined by a stellar cast of musicians. Miller is miles ahead..." - The Music Paper
In 2007 Robert formed PGS. Their debut CD, “Play”, was produced by the legendary Frank Filipetti (Grammy for James Taylor’s “Hourglass” CD). A majority of the compositions were written by Robert. The CD was very highly regarded by reviewers, including the following excerpt from SmoothJazzTherapy.com (all tunes mentioned were composed by Robert):
"With five of its thirteen tracks already having been featured on the hit NBC series ‘Lipstick Jungle’ the debut album, ‘Play’, from contemporary jazz collective Project Grand Slam is off to a flying start. The album opens with the jazzy ‘Studio One’ which is thoughtful yet uplifting all in one. It is one of the tracks used on ‘Lipstick Jungle’ and in this respect is in the company of the complex ‘Out of Tahini’, the bluesy but raucous ‘Ode To Jerry’ and ‘Heat 2007’. Perhaps the best of the ‘Lipstick’ cuts is the groovy ‘Riding The Berks’. The mellow ‘Because She Said So’ brings us a delight. Produced by the legendary Frank Filipetti who garnered a Grammy Award for his work on James Taylor’s ‘Hourglass’ project, ‘Play’ is a great album for those who enjoy contemporary jazz that is not too smooth."
In 2012 PGS released “Spring Dance”, featuring 5 of Robert’s compositions. The reviews of this CD were also uniformly excellent, including the following excerpt from Muzikreviews.com:
“Spring Dance” is the title track to the album and is a joyful instrumental romp. The percussion takes you away as keyboards and an interesting squeaking noise can be heard in the background amidst the piano melodies. The composition of this piece is well defined and the flavor is all jazz. The sax digs deep into the soul of the song as the multi-instrumental nature of the piece takes over like a tidal wave of musical sensation.”