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Duncan Millar


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Duncan’s music has been called “a rarity: Smooth-Jazz with soul”. He’s not done much Soul since early days with UK soul-star Geno Washington and artists on Paul Weller’s Respond label, but as a Berklee grad raised on Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock, Duncan’s soul has always been in Jazz.

Arriving back in London, however, almost his next musical foray was in a pop duo (Blue Mercedes), an unexpected move maybe, but it produced a five-week #1 U.S. Dance Hit. Later, as a producer, he had further club-hits, including, under the name Exoterix, the first-ever release on hip EMI dance label Positiva, and worked with many different acts including an embryonic Down To The Bone.

When Acid-Jazz arrived, Duncan began once again to explore his jazz side, as a player and a producer, under the name A-One. Appearances of album-tracks on many U.S. compilations led to two Smooth-Jazz albums under his own name (Dream Your Dream and Good To Go) on Instinct Records NYC, which featured a less electronic, full-band sound. A MOBO nomination as Best UK Jazz Act followed, plus U.S, Smooth-Jazz chart placements; also, still-continuing radio-play there and internationally on stations such as Jazz FM, and performances at venues such as London’s Jazz Café.

Now, after an over-long sabbatical, Duncan has re-emerged with a new album, “Fresh Air”, due for release in Feb 2013. Fresh, because the piano-focused tracks reflect new-found musical influences.


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