In the `70s when funky lead electric bass rose up from the earth like an infectious enveloping vapor, there were many memorable bass lines…but only a palm-full of legendary bass solos. One was played by a 19 year-old out of Detroit circa `77. The song was “Reach For It” by George Duke. The bassist was Byron Miller. This solo indelibly identified the sound of Byron’s talking bass, a style that borders between a reverent sermon and woof ticket/street corner smack. Both melodic and percussive, the Byron Miller bass sound is as intoxicating as Pouilly-Fuissé wine from a brown paper sack, unimpeachably funky, instantly recognizable and clearly sourced from someone just a bit touched about the brain. No wonder legend has it that this soul brother is orbiting Earth not just as Byron Miller but also as his alien alias…Psycho Bass.
In the years P.D. (pre-Duke), Byron Miller had been a member of short-lived soul band The Counts, soul-jazz pioneers Roy Ayers Ubiquity and rock legend Carlos Santana. Then after lending his unique aura to albums, tours and studio work under Duke’s tutelage, Psycho/Byron aligned his seasoned skills with those of Herbie Hancock, the late, great Joe Sample and The Crusaders, the late, great Marvin Gaye, the late, great Whitney Houston…and 16 “so amazing” years with the late, great Luther Vandross…all the while sharing his gifts and absorbing those of the masters all around him.
Byron’s new single “Soldier Of The Groove” is the follow-up to the hit singles “Funky Boy” and “The B Spot”.