Orb Discs was founded in 1998 to serve as a record company for John Miller CDs and CDs of musicians he admires. Orb Discs may be contacted c/o John Miller, 3115 Firwood Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
On This Old Hammer, John offers his first solo Country Blues recording project since the mid-1970s. There are no recreations of historic recordings here. John has chosen to make all new arrangements of the songs, and includes several of his own compositions.
This CD finds John Miller accompanying vocalist Ginny Snowe on a sparkling program of Jazz standards and Brazilian classics. The program encompasses everything from Hoagy Carmichael’s Skylark to Burt Bacharach’s Alfie and Gilberto Gil’s anthemic Quilombo. If you are looking for an exciting singer/guitarist duo, you need look no further.
This program of original compositions by pianist Ginny Snowe takes the listener on a musical journey with ballads inspired by the New England countryside, a bolero conjuring up a smoky Havana bistro, and some sweet goodbyes. Beautiful tunes sensitively played by a lovely pianist.
John Miller is joined by musical powerhouse Orville Johnson on mandolin, dobro and vocals and harmonica master Grant Dermody in a program of Country Blues. The trio puts their own stamp on the music, and the respect they feel for each other and the tradition makes for some strong and memorable performances.
This Finnish-American collaboration unites Finnish mandolin virtuoso Petri Hakala and bass ace Tapani Varis, with Ruthie Dornfeld on violin and John Miller on guitar. The all-instrumental program focuses primarily on original tunes in a host of styles, samba, choro, polskas, waltzes, and the amazing unclassifiable Purple Sea, by the Finnish composer Timo Alakotila.
John’s first solo recording in 25 years offers a program of Jazz Standards (and one original) sung and played in John’s inimitable style. Highlights include Old Folks, Baltimore Oriole, Bye Bye Blackbird, The Very Thought Of You, The Nearness Of You and Moon River.
Ruth Hunter, on voice, accordion and tambura and Ruthie Dornfeld on violin bring you an unlikely assortment of songs and tunes--from Finland, France, the Balkans and beyond. What holds these pieces together is the amazing beauty of the music itself--rich, lively, wistful, evocative.
Fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld and
Danish guitarist Morten Alfred Hoirup are joined by bassist Anders
Hofset and some guests for a musical trip around the world, with tunes
from Brazil, Scandinavia, Appalachia, Venezuela and other places, all
topped off with a “die-happy” version of Sally Ann.
Check out this swinging stuff! -Matt Glaser, Berklee College of
Portland-based singer Rebecca Kilgore and John Miller offer a generous, swinging 19-song program of Jazz standards from such composers as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Frank Loesser, and Henry Mancini.
This CD features violinist
Ruthie Dornfeld with John on guitar in an instrumental program of cafe
music in styles from around the world: Brazilian choros, Finnish
hambos, tangos, boleros and more. Eleven tunes out of the 14 song
program are John Miller originals.
This music is rich and deep.
There is a lot in there. -Bill Frisell