On a first visit, Marcus as the orchestra man tried to play a bit of everything, old songs, new unreleased songs of his upcoming album Renaissance, classics like Tutu," remakes such as Get up Stand up," and improvisations on the spot. The stage was a musical lab tested by a wide audience more impressed and content than critical.
Every song exhibited the mastery of Marcus to merge different styles ranging from Funk, swing, smooth jazz, passing by pop. You could feel Miller's presence directing his band and giving the floor to solos; Maurice Brown
were part of the show; the two musicians went further as to attempt a rendition of Moroccan sounds akin to Gnawa music. From time to time, Marcus paced the stage to attend to Maurice who delved in never ending solos that he cut with slapped bass and tapping to restore the refrain. Maurice was definitely the man to watch on stage!
Among the highlights was the sextet's rendition of Bob Marley's Get up Stand up." The sextet combined funk, ska, and rock to come up with a highly extravagant version of Marley's masterpiece. The brass instruments boosted the refrain that part of the audience echoed with lyrics. Marcus surprised further with two tunes from his upcoming album Revelations" and Nocturnal Mist." Quite melodic, Revelations" reveals to the public a novel aspect of Marcus's ability to transcend funk and to offer enamoring oriental solos that Alex Han
and that funnily enough one of the spectators requested with heated energy many times We want Miles." Marcus made more happy ones coming back to stage for another set to play Blast." His last word were A la prochaine, Casablanca."