TIR 174: Byron ‘Psycho Bass’ Miller Continues to Reach for the Funk

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Featured in TIR Episode 174 (2 parts): Byron Miller, aka Funky Boy, aka Psycho Bass — a composer, producer, and as you might have gathered, an extraordinary bass master. Starting out in the mid-1970s as a member of the short-lived funk band The Counts, he played with Roy Ayers Ubiquity and Santana before making his biggest impact as a career-long collaborator with keyboarding wizard George Duke. In particular, his prominent bass was front and center on Duke’s 1977 funk classic, “Reach for It.”

Miller went on to play with greats like Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Norman Connors, Stanley Turrentine, Stanley Clarke, Joe Sample, Philip Bailey, Jeffrey Osborne and a 16-year stint with Luther Vandross. He has also released five albums himself since 1990, including the super-funky Psycho Bass I & II from 2015 & 18.

Here he goes in depth on his tenures with Ayers, Santana and Duke, as well as spreading his wings as a successful solo artist. He also talks about his third Psycho Bass project.

RECORDED OCTOBER 2020

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