Dave Miller Album Release with Niika
8:30pm. Proof of Covid vaccination is required upon entry.
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Guitarist and composer Dave Miller (Algernon, Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Scientist, Patricia Barber, Joe Policastro Trio, etc) has been a prominent fixture in the Chicago creative music scene for nearly two decades. Since his last album’s release (Dave Miller, Tompkins Square 2020), Miller has led a quartet with legendary drummer, Jeff “Tain” Watts, performed at Chicago’s Symphony Hall with Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, and held down the guitar chair for Terence Blanchard’s masterful opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. On the heels of these accomplishments, Miller has taken a musical right turn, positioning his guitar playing front and center on his new album, Daughter of Experience (Tompkins Square, 6/3/22).
The material on Daughter was written/arranged during a two week retreat to the Catskill Mountains and eventually recorded at his Chicago-based studio, Whiskey Point Recording, entirely on an antique acoustic parlor guitar. The resulting unedited performances, stark and vulnerable, capture much of the feeling he experienced while in communion with the natural beauty and rich musical history of the Catskill region. Miller’s “And Haze and Vista” recalls the soul-infused Americana of Woodstock luminary, Bobby Charles. His reduction of Brian Wilson’s sprawling “Wonderful” takes the piece out of sunny California and into the mountainous woods of upstate New York. Miller, here, also tackles Duke Ellington’s “Single Petal of a Rose”, viewing this masterpiece through a roots music lens, falling somewhere between Marc Ribot and Gabor Szabo. His performance of ace composer Matt Ulery’s “Lushing” (commissioned by Miller specifically for this record) plays as if in an alternate reality where Joe Pass arranged the music of the Impressionists. And, perhaps the most traditional of the pieces, Miller’s own “O Envious Age!” recalls the feeling of a Neil Young lamentation.
Throughout the entirety of Daughter of Experience, Miller’s utterly unique voice on the guitar, steeped in the blues and brimming with soul, is on full display, making for an incredibly intimate and emotional listening experience. He takes his time, breathing through the demanding material, squeezing the beauty out of every phrase. In effect, the album feels like front porch music for the concert hall.
Niika will perform an opening set.