Primary Instrument: Guitar
Guitarist Tim Miller contributes his fiery playing and distinctive sound to a variety of musical statements ranging from jazz to rock. He can currently be heard on two self-produced CDs, Sides and Trio. Miller was profiled in Guitar Player Magazine, which characterized his playing as pure melody consciousness... [with] remarkable control, a breathy, violiny tone [and] bell-like consistency. Miller's music combines explosive raw energy, artistically balanced with soulful melodic compositions.
Miller is a native of Michigan whose musical interests have taken him to Texas, Paris, New York and presently, Boston where his is currently an Assistant Professor of guitar at Berklee College of Music. He spent 1991-1997 in Dallas attending the prestigious University of North Texas Music School. It is here that he recorded With the Distance, an original instrumental mixture of rock and jazz textures. Miller spent 1997-1998 in Paris where he played extensively with drummer Aldo Romano. This led to recordings and European concerts and jazz festivals. Upon returning to the US, Miller joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music and recorded Sides with saxophonist George Garzone. He also played in a guitar quartet with Mick Goodrick. His recent performances in the US and abroad include performances with Randy Brecker, Mark Turner, Gary Husband among others....
...pure melody consciousness... [with] remarkable control, a breathy, violiny tone [and] bell-like consistency.
Tim Miller's current release, Trio, is quite possibly one of the most groundbreaking and enthralling collections of contemporary jazz guitar music recorded in the last decade.
In fact, Miller's work throughout should garner him well-deserved notoriety. His lines are executed with a legato virtuosity, springing off the fingerboard as if they are tapped out by mallets, not fingertips. More importantly, they are extremely non-guitarcentric and have a rhythmic sensibility and motion found at the highest echelons of the music. In other words, you simply won't hear Miller run a scale throughout, and when he plays you get a sense of movement akin to a kick-returner weaving through an entire defense on a 110 yard runback. The phrasing and melodic contour on “Time” in particular are exemplary-not many guitarists can blow in inside territory with as many novel ideas as Miller who, at 31, provides a fresh, promising new voice in jazz guitar. --Phil DiPietro
20th Century Guitar
Trio is [...] a 40 minute set of superbly recorded instrumental guitar jazz that stretches the parameters of the musical imagination.
Compositionally, the freedom and openness in the music reflects the deep influence of Keith Jarrett, while sonically, the air-infused yet electric guitar sound dances with bass and drums mixed in a pastoral acoustic style. Even with headphones, the listener hears the trio of instruments entwined in the air, coupled by intense playing and musicianship. --Phil DiPietro
“I find Miller's playing striking in it's musicality. He has a remarkable sense of touch, where vibrato, glisses, slurs, and articulated notes serve to express melody. He also has something to say - his writing and improvisation convey a constant sense of development - a sense of drama and forward motion, borne out of shifting, complementary melodic contours and rhythmic variations.” --Don Ayers