is one of the most talented musicians to emerge from the M-Base Collective. With his band
blends highly advanced jazz sensibilities with streetwise funk and a substantial dose of social and spiritual commentary. His ambitious, high-energy music strives to reach well beyond the traditional jazz audience.
A native of Canada, Milne
studied music at York University and later at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts, where he met and impressed alto saxophonist and M-Base creator Steve Coleman
. In 1992 he joined Coleman
's group, Five Elements
, and remained until 1997, working on several of Coleman
's other projects along the way, eventually appearing on ten of his albums. Meanwhile, Milne
began his own career as a leader. He released The "E" Is Silent on cassette in 1995 and began to tour with his own group. His debut CD, Forward to Get Back
, appeared in 1997. In 1998 he formed his current group, Cosmic Dapp Theory
, which released New Age of Aquarius
a year later on Milne's own Controlology label. The CD garnered widespread critical acclaim and secured the group a two-night stand at the 2000 Montreal Jazz Festival. In addition to his work with Cosmic Dapp Theory
handles sideman duties with artists such as Ravi Coltrane
, Carla Cook
, and Carlos Ward
. He also teaches extensively and serves as his own manager.