Marcus Miller – Suddenly (1983)

FrontCover1Suddenly is the first solo- album by Marcus Miller, released in 1983.

Multi-talented Marcus Miller’s debut Suddenly was issued in the spring of 1983 on Patrick Rains’ PRA Records label through Warner Bros. Miller shared production chores with Ray Bardani and Michael Colina, whom he’d worked with before on sides for David Sanborn.

It’s a tasty showcase for the bassist/songwriter/vocalist/producer who went from New York session stardom to mega-stardom with his frequent collaborator Luther Vandross. Vandross does vocals on “Lovin’ You,” “Just for You,” and the squishy “Be My Love.” The cornerstone cut is the gentle steppers favorite/quiet storm precursor “Much Too Much.”

The artist better realized his R&B/funk/jazz fusion on his 1984 Warner Bros. LP, Marcus Miller. (by Ed Hogan)


Dean Crandall (2-string bass)
Yogi Horton (drums)
Ralph MacDonald (percussion)
Mike Mainieri (vibraphone)
Harvey Mason (drums)
Marcus Miller (vocals, bass all instruments (other than noted below)
Nicky Moroch (guitar)
Lewis Paer (2-string bass)
David Sanborn (saxophone)
Buddy Williams (drums)
background vocals:
Yvonne Lewis – Luther Vandross – Tawatha Agee – Brenda White


01. Lovin’ You (Miller) 5.18
02. Much Too Much (Miller) 6.08
03. Suddenly (Miller/Ramsay) 5.29
04. Just For You (Miller) 3.56
05. The Only Reason I Live (Miller) 5.05
06. Just What I Needed (Miller) 4.54
07. Let Me Show You (Miller) 4.43
08. Be My Love (Miller/Vandross) 4.29
09. Could It Be You (Miller) 3.24