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Duncan's music has been called “a rarity: Smooth-Jazz with soul”. Duncan's no stranger to Soul music having played as a session-musician 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, his musical soul was always really in Jazz.

Arriving back in London, 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. Also, because in a changed musical-world, Duncan has forged fresh ways of working, such as self-producing his album and releasing it on new boutique label Warmday Records.

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...pianist and composer Duncan Millar plays with an open, bright sound and fleet feel evoking the greats-from Oscar Peterson to Herbie Hancock..... an instrumental Al Jarreau-laid-back, warm, and often irresistible. A magic reminiscent of Steely Dan comes across in the keyboardist's lithe, feather- touch work... —Jazz Times

Once the flute and that electric piano start trading moves, I'm hooked, - oh, this is lovely! —Smooth and Soul

Millar's created a rarity: a smooth jazz album with soul. - —- Corpus Christi Caller Times

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

London

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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Albums

 

Fresh Air

Warmday Records
2013

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Comin Thru'

Warmday Records
2001

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Dream Your Dream

Warmday Records
1998

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As Lovers Do

As Lovers Do

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Fresh Air

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