Marcus Miller Scores ‘Marshall’

Two-time Grammy-winning composer-producer Marcus Miller sets the score for Marshall, the story of the early career of Thurgood Marshall, the 96th Supreme Court Justice and the first African American on the nation’s highest court, serving from October 1967 through October 1991. Reginald Hudlin directs Chadwick Boseman as the young attorney destined to change the history of the land. Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell round out the cast.

Marshall began his career as an attorney with the NAACP, and the film focuses largely on his criminal defense of chauffeur Joseph Spell, accused of the rape and attempted murder of a Connecticut socialite. While The New York times quotes Hudlin as calling it “a courtroom thriller,” the film also explores the jazz-powered social scene in Harlem.  It opens Oct. 13 from Open Road Films. Mary Ramos is the music supervisor.

A multi-instrumentalist, starting in the late ’70s Miller spent time playing bass for late night bands including Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, The Late Show with Tom Snyder and Later with Greg Kinnear.  Miller got his start in film music writing the go-go party classic “Da Butt” for Spike Lee’s 1988 classic School Daze, going on to the documentary 1 Love, the animated children’s fable The Trumpet and The Swan and the Eddie Murphy-Halle Berry starrer Boomerang , working his way up to recent projects including Think Like a Man, This Christmas and About Last Night. In 2015 he was the subject of the documentary Marcus.

Among the wide range of musicians with whom Miller has recorded are Donald Fagen, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter, Grover Washington, Jr., Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. His nine Grammy nominations resulted in trophies in 2002 for best jazz album for M2 and 1992 for best R&B song for  The Power of Love, performed by Luther Vandross.

 

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