CHARLIE MILLER, ALVIN "RED" TYLER
Jonathan Tabak - Offbeat Magazine
Anyone who has experienced a Dr. John show knows that a Charlie Miller
solo is a true delight.
His piercing tone and urgent emotion immediately mesmerizes the crowd.
surely, he coaxes the snake out of the basket with a jazzy, Latin-funk
tinged blues that
is pure New Orleans.
Taking the song out to its dusky perimeter, he holds the audience suspended
moment. Then he rears back in the high register and the dam bursts,
back into the R&B groove. In a minute's time, he has created a
song within the song.
Miller takes this approach one step further on his new solo CD, "Charlie
Peace Horn, Peaceful Music from New Orleans." What's most striking
unprecedented recording is the choice of sidemen. There are none. It's
by himself, playing solo trumpet on 11 of the original compositions,
and solo flute on
the other two.
Maybe after a lifetime of creating songs within songs, sitting in the
shadow of Dr. John
(their musical friendship goes back to 8th grade) as well as leading
(Machito, Barretto, Larry Harlow), other masters such as Chuck Mangione
or the late,
great Thelonious Monk (they played a Carnegie Hall date together early
28-year New York residency), the 59 year old Miller realized it was
time to shed the
outer structure and get down to the core.
Whatever the reason, Peace Horn is a moving artistic statement. From
"Daybreak" to the closing "Lullaby Peace Dreams," Miller meditates
upon a single,
eloquent blues phrase with the intensity of a monk. Each variation
takes us deeper
within his soul and closer to the communal heartbreak of New Orleans.
force of "Taps," but the mood of a late night walk along the levee
under a voluminous
moon. Above all, Peace Horn is an extremely soothing disk, great to
put on as you
fall asleep in those wee hours.
This is a prolific period for Mr. Miller, as he is also featured on
Dr. John's new
Trippin' Live release, as well as a new Ruth Brown CD.
On July 9th, Miller was one of many esteemed local musicians on
hand at the
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Funky Butt to pay tribute to legendary saxman Alvin "Red" Tyler, whose
spans fifty years from the golden age of New ORleans R&B through
jazz exploration. (He was also part of Dr. John's band with Miller
in recent years). .......
Listen To (or order) "PeaceHorn" or "Fonk Horn" CD
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