• In A Dream (with Peter Kater)

    In A Dream | Time Will Tell | What Lies Within | And We Danced | Close To You | Chasing The Sun | In Her Eyes | Gut Feeling | Clockwork | Hand In Hand | Folk Story
  • Fourth Wall


    Fourth Wall

    Iguazu | One More Second | London Paris Cardiff | Meeting Point | Lyre's String | The Bridge | Lost And Found | Gabe | Three Souls | Count It Off
  • Third World


    Third World

    Always | Baden | Forgotten Dream | Partido Alto | Baby Steps | Denver Sun | Salvador | Seven Sisters | Letter Unsent | March Day | Devil's Punch Bowl | Altea
  • 5th House


    5th House

    Angel | Embrace | If Only | Waves | Tokyo | Yes | Catalan | Dead Head | Spirit Level | Gate 23 When looking back over the years, a certain habit of Dominic Miller’s comes to the fore, which is his tendency to use progressing ordinal numbers for some of the titles of his solo albums. It all began with his debut album, "First Touch" (1995), followed later by "Second Nature" (1999), "Third World" (2004) and "Fourth Wall" (2006). Accordingly, the album to be released now bears the title "5th House". But why fifth house? "I wanted something with fifth in the title and this was the least obvious,” the guitarist explains. "Of course, I could just as well have chosen ‘the fifth element’ or ‘the fifth amendment to the constitution.’ In astrology, the fifth house means ‘the house of love and passion’.” And indeed, Miller’s latest oeuvre is a work brimming with love and passion. As in his previous releases, the musician with Argentinean-English origins has yet again invested plenty of blood, sweat and dedication in his work. He could not and would not want to do otherwise.   Dominic Miller wrote the new songs on the road, while touring with Sting in 2010/11. "The mood of the songs reflects my own mood at that time,” he explains. "I even recorded the tracks on the road, starting in Los Angeles, after we had returned from New Zealand. That was the only chance for me to make sure that Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Johnson actually had time to spare." These are the two most renowned guest musicians who helped Miller lay the foundation for "5th House" in the legendary Henson Studios in L.A. After this, he spent some time with his tour band in the Maarwegstudio2 in Cologne, where the overdubs were realised. The recordings were then given the final touches in the Studio Les Cypres in Provence, France, where Miller lives.   Miller’s previous album, "November" (2010), had already been recorded in the exceptionally short time span of a mere fourteen days spent in the studio; however, "5th House" even exceeds this timing. All in all, recording the album took no more than seven days. Once he had the raw version, Miller went to London to work with his favourite sound engineer, Hugh Padgham. The two have been virtually inseparable ever since their collaboration for Phil Collins's million seller "But Seriously" in 1989. In the past two decades, they have worked together for a large variety of projects. By now, they have a blind understanding for each other, which is why it took them virtually no time at all to agree on the final mastering for "5th House". "We mastered two songs per day," Miller recalls. "The entire process of recording and mixing was done within twelve days, no more. Now, if I recall the 90s in comparison – in those days, it would have taken me twelve weeks, at least. Of course, the end result might have sounded more polished, but I prefer it this way. This is the way many of my favourite albums of the 60s and 70s were produced: really fast!"   For the recordings of "5th House", Dominic Miller managed to assemble a group of internationally renowned top-notch sidemen. Vinnie Colaiuta, for example, to Miller is "the greatest drummer of our generation" – known for his flawless drum technique and stylistic versatility, in the course of the years he has collaborated with the likes of artists such as Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, Megadeth, Leonard Cohen, Chaka Khan and Sting. Jimmy Johnson is a legendary bassist and has been amongst the top musicians of the USA for decades, working with James Taylor, Stan Getz, Roger Waters, Sergio Mendes and Lee Ritenour, to name but a few. Another renowned bass player is Welshman Pino Palladino, who has worked with the likes of the John Mayer Trio, Paul Young, The Who, David Gilmour and Peter Gabriel. Finally, mention must be made of the pianist Yaron Herman from Israel, who now resides in Paris and whose exceptionally cultivated way of playing proves him to be a rising star at the piano, one about whom we will certainly hear much in the future.   Dominic Miller then combined this eclectic mix of international music luminaries with the members of his tour band, who are equally worthy of praise. Rhani Krija is a highly recommended percussionist from Morocco who meanwhile lives in Cologne and has performed with Omar Sosa, Keziah Jones and Salif Keïta. Bassist Nicolas Fiszman has made a name for himself collaborating with Pili-Pili, Charlie Mariano, Johnny Clegg and Khadja Nin. And finally, there is Mike Lindup, well-known from Level 42, who has for many years been Dominic Miller’s favourite keyboarder. In fact, the two of them have worked together ever since they first met when Miller was eighteen years old. "He is the best all-round musician I know,” Miller raves about him. "The way we work together is virtually based on telepathy."   This is the dream cast which supported Dominic Miller to create one of the most outstanding instrumental albums of his career; a career which virtually features highlights like pearls on a string. Once again, the guitarist manages to impress us with a large variety of different styles and unexpected turns. His programme includes fantastic, dreamlike soundscapes where he creates harp-like sounds on his acoustic guitar ("Angel"); then again he produces galvanizing guitar sounds reminiscent of The Police ("If Only"). "Embrace" is a convincing soft-jazz track, whereas "Waves" is carried by the flair of Bossa Nova sounds, and classicist-sounding guitar arpeggios ("Catalan") alternate with full-volume band rock sounds ("Dead Head").   "5th House" is another momentous highlight in Miller’s already impressive biography. Born in Buenos Aires to an American father and an Irish mother, Miller studied guitar at the renowned Berklee College in Boston and at the London Guildhall School Of Music. He has been a highly coveted session musician since the late 1980s. The list of artists he has worked with is sheer endless; among his collaborations are The Chieftains ("Long Black Veil"), Eddi Reader ("Mirmama"), Manu Dibango ("Wakafrika") and Tina Turner ("Wildest Dreams"). As of "The Soul Cages" (1991), Miller has also been involved in every single album produced by Sting; he has been on stage with the former vocalist of The Police more than a thousand times, and was involved in the creation of hit songs such as "Shape Of My Heart". Sting once even described his faithful companion as "my right and my left hand, which brings to life all that my clumsy fingers cannot play."
  • November



    Solent | w3 | Still | Gut Feeling | Ripped Nylon | Racine | Sharp Object | Chanson I | Marignane | Chanson II | November

    Dominic Miller, Sting's guitarist for decades, went into the studio for "ad hoc" with a bunch of trusted colleagues like bassist Lars Danielsson, percussionist Rhani Krija or Albanian soprano Eda Zari almost unprepared and then wondered how exciting ad-hoc symbiosis of modern jazz, contemporary classical, electronic and ethno beats has become. Der Spiegel There’s a surprise in store for all those who have been Dominic Miller’s fans from early on. Whereas up to now he has been mostly admired and hailed for his exquisite accoustic sounds produced with a nylon guitar, the artist now baffles both the audience and experts with the first electronic album of his solo career. His latest release, “November,” offers plenty of space for the electric guitar. Some of the tracks show the more rock-oriented side of Miller, with an at times astonishingly powerful sound. Living proof are tracks like the literal slammer “Rippled Nylon” or “W3”, steeped in fuzz.   There is a good reason for this change of heart. In the autumn of 2008, Miller, who has made London his home, had taken some time to listen more closely to all of the CDs produced so far and had then realised that most of them were more focused on a dense sound rather than being compositionally dense. Only one of his solo albums was an exception: his debut album, “First Touch.” Miller reminisces: ‘That album represented all the influences I had absorbed up until 1995 when I was 35 years old. I created it after coming home from the "Ten Summoner's Tales" tour with Sting. It was kind of a musical autobiography. I wanted to recreate the space I was fortunate to be in when I recorded "First Touch". All I remember about that process was a feeling of freedom. I felt like the album wrote itself, as if it were being dictated to me. In other words, I just joined the dots. I wouldn't be so bold as to say it was a "gift from God", but that's how it felt at the time.’   To Dominic Miller, “November” is ‘like a re-written autobiography which goes beyond "First Touch".’ To capture these ‘memories put to music,’ he started from scratch, as if he had never been inside a studio before: ‘I cleaned house and went back to zero again by putting those four albums behind me.’ Before starting with the actual production, the gifted guitarist took his time in order to be really sure about the direction he was going to be taking. He analysed the various approaches, only to finally decide that it was high time for a course correction. The result was a band lineup without a vocalist. However, such an instrumental formation also had its inherent dangers and restrictions: ‘One runs the risk of sounding like a second rate fusion or jazz-rock band. God forbid! I won't mention any names but I have received some such records from some very well-known instrumentalists. After one listen, their only uses have been scraping the frost off the windscreen of my Peugeot 206 in the winter months. Many of these records are mostly, if not all, about the playing, not the composition. Their authors are like great actors with average scripts. I was determined that composition needed to be king.’   To reach this goal, Miller briefed all the colleagues involved: ‘Don't give me any personality and let the tunes play themselves!’ It was not at all easy to find musicians willing and able to go along with these wishes. But finally Miller found session partners in drummer Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton, Seal, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones), bass player Mark King (Level 42; uncontested master of the slap bass) and keyboarder Mike Lindup (equally known through Level 42), who agreed to put their egos last. To this core of musicians he added Israel-born pinaist Yaron Herman, who now lives in France, as well as keyboarder Jason Rebello (Sting), flautist Dave Heath (a renowned composer of flute, violin and oboe concerts) and sax player Stan Sulzmann (Kenny Wheeler, Michael Brecker, NDR Big Band) – all of them well-versed top professionals who put their distinctive musical personalities on the back burner and devoted their skills uniquely to Miller’s compositions.   With these devoted sidemen to back him up, Miller created an instrumental album that presents all kinds of unexpected turns, stylistic variations and distinctly innovative sound combinations. Rock ("W3", "Ripped Nylon"), New-Age meditations ("Still"), lounge music ("Solent"), soundscapes ("Gut Feeling"), funk ("Sharp Object"), references to classical music ("Chanson II") and jazz moments ("Marignane") are moulded into an indiosyncratic style of contemporary instrumental music.   The album was produced by Dominic Miller and Hugh Padgham, who have been virtually inseparable ever since working on Phil Collins' multi-million seller "But Seriously" (1989). In the past twenty years, they have cooperated on many a project, and they trust each other blindly. ‘Hugh understood what I was after so he was the obvious choice of producer,’ explains Miller. ‘He gets a killer sound.’   When it comes to the actual production process, "November" turned out to be the ‘quickest’ album Dominic Miller ever made – all previous albums took longer. The writing took a mere three weeks, the recording and mixing were even done within a mere fortnight. Almost 90 per cent of the performances on the album are first takes. ‘I wanted to get away from the pro-tools perfection way which allows one to manipulate anything and everything,’ Miller explains the fast working method and his decision to allow more spontaneity into the studio. ‘Therefore, there are some imperfections with timing, tuning and articulation. Normally I would fix these but this time I let the performances live the way they were.’   "November" adds another highlight to Dominic Miller’s impressive artistic biography. Born in Buenos Aires to an American father and an Irish mother, he studied guitar at the renowned Berklee College, Boston, as well as the Guildhall School Of Music in London. Miller released several solo albums ("First Touch", "Second Nature", "Third World", "Fourth Wall") and since the late 1980s has also been a much coveted session musician. The list of his collaborations is sheer endless – to name but a few: The Chieftains ("Long Black Veil"), Eddi Reader ("Mirmama"), Manu Dibango ("Wakafrika"), Paul Young, Bryan Adams, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny, Tina Turner ("Wildest Dreams"), The Pretenders, Boyzone and The Backstreet Boys. Ever since "The Soul Cages" from 1991, Miller has been involved in every album by Sting; he has played more than a thousand concerts with the former member of The Police and was involved in the composition of hit songs such as "Shape Of My Heart. "   With "November," Miller yet again proves that he is a top-notch guitarist. The exceptional musician plays with an ease and somnambulistic confidence that words simply cannot express appropriately. His willingness to move beyond his artistic skills is what distinguishes him from other virtuoso contemporaries – Dominic Miller has moved on from the level of ’mere’ skillful performance and perfected craft. These days, he is more focused on expression, on the beauty of a certain sound and the truth of the moment. His transcendence of the physical is a trait that singles him out as one of the chosen few.  
  • Second Nature

    Introduction | Truco | When I Close My Eyes | Foi Boa | If | Unify | Rest in Peace | Lullaby To An Anxious Child | A Cause | Quiero Decirte | In A Whisper | The Last Song 'Second Nature' shows a very different side of this versatile Buenos Aires-born musician. Although Miller may have spent years playing rock'n'roll as a session player, his own music owes a huge debt to his Brazilian heroes Antonio Carlos Jobim and Baden Powell, and as a result the 12 songs here sing of South America - ringing, lyrical numbers plucked and strummed by a guitarist who remains true to his roots. The Times
  • HECHO EN CUBA La Belle Dame Sans Regrets (vocal) | Embrace | Tokyo | Shape Of My Heart | La Boca | Chanson | D'Pronto | Lullaby To An Anxious Child | La Belle Dame Sans Regrets (instrumental) | This studio collaboration between two exceptional musicians, Manolito Simonet and Dominic Miller, has brought together traditions from Cuba (Son, Salsa, Charanga, Timba etc.) with western jazz fusion in ways not heard before. Almost all the recorded tracks are instrumental mostly composed by Dominic Miller with “D’Pronto” penned by Manolito Simonet. Included are three special cover versions, original arrangements of the songs "La belle dame sans rain secrets", "Shape of My Heart", and "Lullaby to an anxious child", which Miller wrote with Gordon Matthew Sumner better known as Sting.  
  • AD HOC

    Ad Hoc CD Exiting Purgatory | Scirocco | Eva | Shavasana | Hotel Pink | World Party | Tisane | St Victoire | Moroccan Roll | Doolin
  • Dominic's debut album on ECM records 'Silent Light' (CD) is a collection of haunting melodies and engaging songs you'll love. Born in Argentina to an American father and Irish mother, guitarist Dominic Miller was raised in the U.S. from age 10 and then educated there and in England. Now he lives in France, though he has toured the globe for the past three decades. Aptly, Silent Light – Miller’s ECM debut, featuring him solo and with percussion accompaniment – has a very international feel, with the Latin influence strong in such pieces as “Baden” (dedicated to Brazilian guitarist-composer Baden Powell). “Le Pont” has an early 20th-century Parisian air, while “Valium” evokes Celtic tunes in the vein of Bert Jansch and “Fields of Gold” is a hushed instrumental take on one of Sting’s best-known ballads. Miller has long been known as Sting’s right-hand man on guitar – and co-writer of the worldwide hit “Shape of My Heart,” among others. Miller has also worked with the likes of Paul Simon, The Chieftains and Plácido Domingo. The guitarist’s playing has prompted praise from Simon, who points out, in a liner note to the album, that Miller “has a beautiful touch, with a fragrance of jazz and English folk.” In his own booklet note, Miller recalls time spent talking music with Manfred Eicher, ECM’s founder and producer of Silent Light, about two of his key ECM influences: Egberto Gismonti and Pat Metheny, pointing to the appeal of the former’s “raw” approach blended with “classical overtones” and the more “groove-oriented” vibe of the latter with his music’s “Americana feel.” The tracks “Angel” and “Tisane” on Silent Light hint at Metheny’s big-sky acoustic manner, while the guitar-plus-percussion numbers reflect the inspiration of the Duas Vozes LP Gismonti made with Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, who passed away just as Miller was rehearsing for Silent Light with his percussionist and lifelong friend, Miles Bould. For such pieces as the syncopated “Baden,” pensive opener “What You Didn’t Say,” atmospheric “Water” and “En Passant,” named after a chess move, Bould complements Miller’s guitar with subtle textural and rhythmic touches.
  • With Absinthe, guitarist Dominic Miller has created an album colored by a distinct atmosphere. “The first thing that came to me before I wrote any tunes was the title,” he writes in his liner note. “Living in the South of France, I am fascinated by Impressionism. Sharp light and witchy mistrals, combined with strong alcohol and intense hangovers must have driven some of these artists toward insanity. Skies that are green, faces blue, perspective distorted.” While Miller’s ECM debut, Silent Light, emphasized solo and duo settings, Absinthe finds the guitarist fronting a quintet that brings his lyrical compositions to textured life. Miller, switching between nylon- and steel-string acoustic guitars, has found a key harmonic-melodic foil in the bandoneon of Santiago Arias. The vivid presence at the drum kit is Manu Katché, for years a member alongside Miller in the band of Sting. Mike Lindup’s keyboard tones can glow or add a ghostly air (as they do in such highlights as the title track), while bassist Nicholas Fiszman roots the ensemble sound. As for Miller, JazzTimeshas described him as a guitarist who “milks every note, thriving on the pauses between them and whispery effects of fingers sliding across strings.”
  • First Touch 20th anniversary edition

    Eclipse | Do You Want Me | February Sun | Rush Hour | La Boca | Looking For | Buenos | Aires | Scan | David | Ten Years | Last Dance | Urban Waltz | Luberon | Carnaval In 1995 Dominic released his first solo album "First Touch". This was followed up by ten more albums up until today. Bit by bit the press and live audiences have been won over becoming increasingly enthusiastic about the harmonic qualities of this guitar all-rounder. Dominic receives regular euphoric reviews in which terms such as grace, sensitivity and sensuality pepper descriptions. If he More and more often when not touring with Sting his is on tour worldwide with his own top-class band. Many of his fans still consider this debut album "First Touch", which was self-released, to be amongst his best. Now, after 20 years, it has been remastered with three bonus tracks. "First Touch" also comes in special packaging as a portrait digipack.
  • First Touch 20th anniversary Vinyl edition

    Eclipse | Do You Want Me | February Sun | Rush Hour | La Boca | Looking For | Buenos | Aires | Scan | David | Ten Years | Last Dance | Urban Waltz | Luberon | Carnaval In 1995 Dominic released his first solo album "First Touch". This was followed up by ten more albums up until today. Bit by bit the press and live audiences have been won over becoming increasingly enthusiastic about the harmonic qualities of this guitar all-rounder. Dominic receives regular euphoric reviews in which terms such as grace, sensitivity and sensuality pepper descriptions. If he More and more often when not touring with Sting his is on tour worldwide with his own top-class band. Many of his fans still consider this debut album "First Touch", which was self-released, to be amongst his best. Now, after 20 years, it has been remastered with three bonus tracks. "First Touch" also comes in special packaging as a portrait digipack.  
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