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Of Two Minds
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Reviews by: Carla Maria Verdino-SüllwoldKathy ParsonsColin Clarke

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Tobin Mueller: STIMULATING DICHOTOMIES AND DUALITIES
REVIEW by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold (May, 2016)
for Fanfare Magazine (October edition)

Composer and pianist Tobin Mueller’s latest recording, Of Two Minds: The Music of Frederic Chopin and Tobin Mueller, completes an important trilogy of pairings of Mueller’s own arrangements with his original music inspired by these masters. As with the previous two collections, Impressions of Water and Light (Debussy, Ravel, Fauré) and Flow (J.S. Bach) the artist embarks on a journey not only into the craft of these masters, but also into their creative minds. Mueller, in his imaginative arrangements which then inspire his own compositions, is, in effect, entering into conversations with the older composers. And perhaps no where more so than in this disc, devoted to Chopin, does Mueller succeed better at creating a musical diary that penetrates to the heart of the Romantic sensibility and reframes it in compellingly modern terms.

Selected tracks from Disc 1
Play button 5 Étude No. 12 in C Minor, Op. 10
Play button 10 Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4 in C Sharp minor, Op. 66
Play button 8 Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53
Play button 4 Mazurka No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 17
Play button 9 Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, Op. 28 / Nocturne No. 2 in C-Sharp, Op. Posthumous

Of Two Minds is aptly named, as it reflects stimulating dichotomies and dualities that exist on several levels: the literal one of Chopin and Mueller, the chiaroscuro of the pieces, the blend of classical Romanticism and New Age Jazz. As in his previous double albums of the trilogy, Mueller first enters into an exploration of the older composer’s technique and craft, bringing his own training in classical composition and piano into play to help him understand the structure of the works as well as their inventions. But as a noted jazz pianist, this quest eventually leads him through a series of improvised progressions to an arrangement that sparkles with imaginative originality. In this Chopin disc, Mueller captures the restlessness and heroic struggle of Chopin as an artist, a man, and a revolutionary soul, as well as the shifting uncertainties in love and in his frail health. Mueller’s own playing does ample justice to Chopin’s virtuosity and heartfelt emotion at the same time that he hears and conveys the ambiguities, the moments of unguarded openness, the essential intimacy in the pieces.

The ten arrangements on disc one reflect a fine cross-section of Chopin’s works, from the restless, rhythmic shifts of “Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40,” to the revolutionary angst and Heimweh of “Etude No. 12 in C Minor, Op. 10,” to the lullaby quality of “Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 27” which prefigures Satie, to the unexpected tango style of “Nocturne No. 3 in B Major, Op. 9.” Mueller treats the listener to some very fleet fingering in his rendition of the “Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53” and to a New Orleans jazz funeral interpretation of the “Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, Op. 28” which he combines with “Nocturne No. 2 in C-sharp, Op. Posthumous,” then concludes this first disc with a disarmingly simple appreciation of the joy and genius in Chopin in his playing of the “Fantaisie Impromptu No. 4 in C- sharp Minor, Op. 66.”

The second disc showcases Mueller playing three of his own sonatas, which were inspired by listening to Chopin’s Preludes. Each work is in three movements and all can be heard as a cycle which begins with an exploration of the intersections of science and music and ends with an unanswered question. Along the way, Mueller examines a universe of poetic, philosophic, and musical dichotomies and pairings.

The Sonata of Quantum Entanglements draws its inspiration from Chopin’s Preludes 3, 6, 1 and 14. The work expresses its pairings in a dialogue between right and left hands on the piano, as well as in its key changes and encapsulates the fluctuating equipoise Mueller seeks throughout the recording. The second, Sonata Under Night’s Sky, magically captures the sense of mystery and shadow of the night, expressing both quiet serenity and Romantic passion. The third work, Sonata for Dreamers, becomes a dialogue between clarity and certainty, nebulous and lucid dreaming, before it culminates in a moment of unresolved suspension that is, in itself, a kind of unanswered answer – an instant of fragile beauty and innocence.

As with the previous albums in the trilogy, Mueller accompanies the CDs with comprehensive notes that are analytical and poetic at once. He invokes the art and literature of the period, quoting extensively from George Sand, and providing both an historical context and a fascinating insight into his own mind as an artist. The cover art is a most attractive double portrait of Chopin and Mueller, using Mueller’s own photographic montage rendered to resemble a woodcut. The sound on the disc is intimate and immediate with warmth and clarity.

Of Two Minds is a stunning addition to Tobin Mueller’s discography and a fascinating, innovative recording that will make you hear both Chopin and Mueller in a new light. Warmly recommended!

- Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold. Also see Carla's 2016 Fanfare Magazine interview: The Masterworks Trilogy.

The Creative & Adventurous Mind
REVIEW by Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com - 6/6/16
Sonata of Quantum Entanglements
Play button 1 Time As Emergent Phenomenon
Play button 2 Unexpected Escape
Play button 3 Two Minds

One would be hard-pressed to find an artist with a more creative musical mind than Tobin Mueller’s - especially one with the playing chops to fulfill his or her vision. I was fortunate to start receiving Mueller’s CDs for review early in his recording career (2005’s Morning Whispers was my first) and have been more impressed and amazed at his versatility and artistry with each new release (there have been fourteen to date). Of Two Minds: The Music of Frederic Chopin & Tobin Mueller is a two-disc set and the third installment in a solo piano trilogy that began with Impressions of Water and Light (2014) followed by Flow (2015), explorations of the music and artwork of the French Impressionists and the music of J.S. Bach respectively. In this newest release, Disc 1 consists of interpretations of selected Chopin piano solos and Disc 2 presents original works inspired by specific Chopin Preludes.

Mueller describes his process for this album: “I always begin by playing the piece as it is written, then replay the parts I like again and again. As I am listening to the other composer’s music, I am rewriting it in my head. With Chopin, I tried to capture a sense of improvisation that corresponds to the Romantic sensibility. I imagined that if he had written additional variations on the piece, what they would sound like? I ended by writing less jazz than I thought I would and staying closer to what I saw as his intentions. I imagined him sitting on the bench beside me, turning pages, nodding. I wanted him to approve of all of my changes. I wanted the DNA of his music to evolve into mine, the experience of his life to inform my own.” (quoted from an interview by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold for the October 2016 issue of Fanfare magazine)

As he did with parts one and two of the Trilogy, Mueller includes extensive liner notes, this time often quoting George Sand, who may have known Chopin better than anyone else in his lifetime (1810-1849). Mueller writes about the background of the music and his own feelings about it. After reading the 16-page booklet, you can’t help but feel that you have had a glimpse into the minds of both composers. I have many favorite classical composers, but Chopin always seems to rise to the top - probably because of the emotional honesty and intensity of his music. Mueller certainly taps into that, expressing similar feelings and allowing the music to go where it leads.

Disc 1, Tobin Plays Chopin, has ten tracks based on some of Chopin’s best-known works, including two Polonaises, three Nocturnes, two Etudes, a Mazurka, a Prelude, a Berceuse, and his Fantasie-Impromptu #4 (one track is a combination of two pieces). Sometimes elegant and flowing, sometimes more raw and jazzy, Mueller dazzles with his masterful and deeply expressive playing whether performing the music as it was written or improvising. My favorite tracks are “Prelude #20 in C Minor, Op. 28/Nocturne #2 in C#, Op. Posthumous - ‘Quivering’” and “Berceuse in Db Major, Op. 27, ‘Lullaby avant Satie’.” The first is a medley of two of my favorite Chopin pieces, expressing them with sensitivity and grace - and inspiring me to go find my book of Nocturnes again! The Berceuse maintains the beauty of the original while giving it a more contemporary feel.

Sonata Under The Night's Sky
Play button 1 Phases of the Moon
Play button 2 Momentary Clarity
Play button 3 The Goddess Speaks

Disc 2, Tobin Plays Tobin, contains nine new pieces inspired by some of Chopin’s 24 Preludes and grouped into three-movement sonatas. Mueller lists which Preludes influenced the pieces - sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes not. The three sonatas are titled “Sonata of Quantum Entanglements,” “Sonata Under the Night’s Sky,” and “Sonata for Dreamers.” Rather than interpreting the original Preludes, in these nine movements, Mueller channels the creative spirit and emotional richness of Chopin’s music. Quite honestly, it is very easy to imagine that this is the kind of music Chopin would be writing if he were composing today.

If you love Chopin and are feeling a bit adventurous, be sure to check this album out! Of Two Minds: The Music of Frederic Chopin & Tobin Mueller is available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. It is certain to be on my Favorites list of 2016. For more information about the album and the full interview with Tobin, be sure to visit his site.

- Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

Of Two Minds: a strangely fascinating phenomenon
REVIEW by Colin Clarke (June, 2016)
MusicWeb International

...Of Two Minds refers not just to Chopin and Mueller, but also to Mueller’s treatment of Chopin. He refers to his performances of Chopin as “reinterpretations”, and they are a cross between that and arrangements. The surface is recognizable as of Chopin, and uses Chopin’s originals as a starting point, but it goes way off, often enjoyably so. Each re-invention is given a new title that Mueller feels is fitting, of course. The Nocturne, op. 9/2, branches off into its own, very jazzy, line of thought, but the reflection itself remains nocturnal.

Sonata for Dreamers
Play button 1 Storytime
Play button 2 Stages of Dream and Memory
Play button 3 Starfall: Untold Reflections

The so-called “Black Key” Etude remains identifiable via its characteristic right-hand rapid figures, while the left-hand chords take it zooming off into the future about a hundred years or so. It is a strangely fascinating phenomenon, and there is no doubting Mueller’s dexterity. No doubting his sincerity of intent, also, in the late-night jazz take on the A-Minor Mazurka, op. 17/4, here Captured Heart, which seems to move Chopin close to Satie. If the “Revolutionary” Etude begins close to the Chopin original, that impression is misleading as it soon departs on its own way. Impressionist mists cloud the discourse, and before long we are back to fully-fledged jazz roulades. Hardly surprising to find the Berceuse transformed into a lullaby, but the transformation of the op. 9/3 Nocturne into something very different (a shifting, shadowy dance) reveals a searching mind at work. Fascinating to hear the C-Minor Prélude with its starkness dissolved into the C sharp Minor Posthumous Nocturne (Quivering), while Mueller’s doodlings in the final item exude much charm. The recording is close and does not attempt to reproduce a concert ambience.

Taking Chopin’s Préludes as “jumping off points,” but also using that composer’s Nocturnes as reference points for emotional trajectories, Mueller presents three “Sonatas”. The first, Sonata of Quantum Entanglements, muses on “Time as an emergent phenomenon” in its first movement (that is, time as a result of quantum entanglements). A fascinating concept, and based here on Chopin’s third Prélude. “After Prélude No. 6,” the central panel, “Unexpected Escape” offers some sonic respite before “Two Minds” (“after Préludes Nos. 1 and 14”) plays with two pieces that Mueller considers mirror images of each other. Fascinating displacements make this movement the most memorable of the three.

The Sonata Under the Night’s Sky is Mueller’s homage to Chopin Nocturnes via the Préludes. So it is that the first movement, “Phases of the Moon,” is no complex formal knot, but a gentle unfolding after Prélude No. 18; the second movement, “Momentary Clarity” refers to the Prélude No. 9 but is clearly a Nocturne in its own right; finally, “The Goddess Speaks”, after Prélude No. 20, invokes the chanting of Nyx, Goddess of the Night.

Finally, Sonata for Dreamers, a reflection not only on dreaming but on lucid dreaming. The first movement takes the famous Prélude No. 15 (the so-called “Raindrop”) as a starting point, but it really is that: a starting point. The repeated notes gain in urgency here, taking the music for a walk into new areas; in the central “Stages of Dream and Memory”, very obviously based on the Prélude No. 7, Mueller takes the theme of the A-Major Prélude and treats it as the theme for a set of loosely-structured jazz variations. The final “Starfall: Untold Reflections” examines the structure and processes of Prélude No. 13 within the nocturne umbrella that hovers over this entire sonata.

This release is the third in which Mueller has explores the intersection between Classical repertoire and other musics, the others being Flow (J. S. Bach) and Impressions of Water and Light (Debussy). The present twofer, like them, is available via CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.

- Colin Clarke

Tobin's Solo Piano Collection
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Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller is the final addition to Mueller's "Masterworks Trilogy" in which he explores the intersections of classical and jazz piano. Mueller reinterprets Chopin's most iconic piano solos (Disc 1) and uses the preludes to inspire three original jazz piano sonatas (Disc 2). Seductive, rebellious, heroic and beautiful, Mueller embraces Romanticism at its core, creating music that's distinctly personal and deeply poetic. Jazz, Blues, New Age and Romantic, Mueller weaves all strands of music into a single fabric. Achieved Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice Award.
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Flow: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller is a double album featuring Mueller's reinterpretations of Bach's greatest hits (Disc 1) plus two original jazz piano suites by Mueller (Disc 2). Inventive, playful, joyous, beautiful, full of emotion and intelligence. Mueller embraces the sense of timelessness one achieves when in the state of flow, bridging the centuries, letting Bach's 300 year old manuscripts inspire through new expression. Modal Jazz, New Age, Neo-Classical and Baroque all combined in seamless synergy. Achieved Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Award. Flow is second album of "The Masterworks Trilogy".
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Impressions of Water & Light is an exploration of the cross-inspirations between Impressionist and jazz piano, including adaptations of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Ibert and Carpenter. Tobin uses the written notes as if they are light and his imagination as if it is water, creating all new interpretations. This post-Impressionist music illustrates the intimacy between jazz and Impressionist music. You will never hear these works the same again. The gorgeous CD booklet is a work of art in itself, pairing an Impressionist painting with each piece. Impressions is second album of "The Masterworks Trilogy".
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Midwinter Born is a collection of jazz piano interpretations of traditional Christmas carols. Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness and over-riding joy of the season. A delightful and sometimes surprising album destined to become one of your annual holiday favorites. The wonder of Christmas unfolds as Mueller takes you on a yuletide journey through his musical imagination. The 18 track album includes: First Noel, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Lo How A Rose E'er Bloom, Good King Wenceslas, Still, Still, Still and many more.
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Morning Whispers is Tobin's first solo piano collection, a song cycle of tragic beauty. Music of healing and introspection, these New Age and Neo-Classical pieces do more than evoke emotion: they tell stories. The use of key changes, unusual time signatures, and other variational devices makes this work involving, not merely New Age background music. Its gentle intensity, however, does not detract from its healing essence, its sense of inner joy. Influences include Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story. Several of these piano pieces have since been used in film and documentaries.
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13 Masks is Tobin's second solo piano collection. This project evolved from discussions about the role the subconscious plays in creativity. It is also an exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz. Tobin used his illustrations of 13 Masks to inspire songs combining ragtime, jazz and 20th Century avant-garde classical. He let his subconscious lead the way, creating phrases and variations that pleased something deep inside, often avoiding normal forms and variations. Influences include Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, Scott Joplin, John Medeski, as well as classical composers Shostakovich, Ligeti, Bartok. These pieces will startle and delight. An eclectic mix of original of songs.
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Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. Paying homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut and Faulkner, as well as contemporary authors such as Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville, Mueller spins musical stories that will make you consider each author in a new light. Every track is a musical meditation, guided by inspiring and insightful quotations recited and underscored by Mueller. Taken as a whole, the album becomes a personal memoir of Mueller's life journey. The 18 tracks combine to represent the true breadth of his musical influences and accumulated experiences.
Tobin's Other CD Collections
Tobin's Jazz Collection
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Come In Funky Old School Funk and and small combo Jazz featuring legendary bassist Ron Carter. This eclectic blend of Jazz and Funk is the second collaboration between keyboardist Tobin Mueller and saxophonist Woody Mankowski. Half of these tunes will transport you back in time to when most everything (music, clothes, language) owed its hipness to the Funk wing of 1970s jazz. The other half resonate with intimacy, playfulness and humor. A delight. For more information, see: Come In Funky Project page. Released May 4 2014, in honor of Ron Carter's 77th birthday.

"You guys can play! These are, almost without exception, very complicated numbers in terms of rhythm and the general sync of solos with ensemble playing, a stellar set of recordings that, I believe, adds seriously to the body of jazz that this represents... A remarkable work in every single way I can think of. This is such a bright and happy album that is played with a spirit of invention and joy from the first notes to the last." - Paul Page
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The Muller's Wheel is a collaborative project combining the talents of pianist Tobin Mueller and saxophonist Woody Mankowski, featuring their jazz quartet and larger ensemble. These original tracks represent their personal journey through jazz influences -- from swing to bop to fusion to funk. The styles of Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Weather Report and more influence this homage to the jazz greats. Even the blues are given Mueller/Mankowski's uniquely bop-funk treatment. In all, the duo's originality permeate each track, each jazz sub-genre.

This is joyous music. It reminds us of the happiness we relive when returning to our musical roots. Mueller/Mankowski remind us how the personalities of certain eras continue to assert their influence and power.

"The Muller’s Wheel" title is based on the biological concept that mutation and DNA recombination creates cycles of growth and loss. It serves as a metaphor for the ebb and flow of the synthesis and creativity Mueller and Mankowski apply to their musical influences. The tracks are arranged in historical sequence, and the listener appreciates the cross-pollination between each of these genres. Listening from beginning to end creates a cyclical pilgrimage. It's rhythms and inventive flights of fancy invite the listener along for many return trips.
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Rain Bather is a jazz ensemble 80 minute long play CD. It features superlative solo performances byan all-star band members. Most of the tunes are in the jazz-funk-fusion vein, but many others try to break new ground, defying easy labels.

Tobin Mueller - B3 organ, electric piano, synth; composer
Woody Mankowski - soprano saxophone
Chris Mueller - acoustic piano
Jeff Cox - acoustic bass
Dane Richeson - drums & percussion
Tom Washatka - tenor saxophone
Doug Schnieder - tenor sax
Ken Schaphorst - flugelhorn
Bob Levy - trumpet
Sal Giorgianni - flute
Bill Barner - clarinet, additional sax
McBoy - electric guitars

Tobin's Rock Collection
Progressive Rock
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AUDIOCRACY is an international progressive rock collective. Their poetic writing and virtuosic performances make their high energy music life-affirming and uplifting, even considering the apocalyptic nature of their first release. Revolution's Son has been called "a masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition." Progressive Magazine gave it 4 out 5 stars. Th story follows a revolutionary who comes to The City to be a catalyst for change and a prophet of truth. He falls into an Underground that urges a less innocent approach to change, leading to a post-apocalyptic finish. High energy, impressionistic prog.
Alternative Rock
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A Bit of Light - A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs Tobin's been accumulating for a decade, A Bit of Light includes some of his favorite collaborations with saxophonists, fiddle players and guitarists, mixing jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. World renown violinist Entcho Todorov, Grammy winner saxophonist Danny McCaslin and L.A.'s Woody Mankowski, Enlish fiddler player Martyn Kember-Smith and guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights. The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format.
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If I Could Live Long Enough - Previously unreleased outtakes from earlier projects, including the 1998-1999 Rain Bather sessions, the 2004-2006 MacJams collaborations, and selected songs from two of Mueller's musicals: Creature and Runners In A Dream. Featuring acoustic guitar by Grammy winner Michael Hedges, vocals by Woody Mankowski and Emily Rohm, and some of Mueller's best songwriting. Six free Bonus Tracks available here.
September 11 Project
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September 11 Project: Ten Years Later - Music written following 9/11/2001. Tobin was asked to participate in the 10th anniversary at Ground Zero ceremony and revisted these songs. He decided to put them out as an album instead of keep them to myself. Since he was unable to sing at the event, after contracting a lung disorder, this music gained layers of poignancy. Recorded in the months following the tragedy.
Tobin's Standards Collection
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Song Of Myself - Tobin's favorite songs from The American Songbook, reinterpretted. Intimate, heartfelt, devistatingly honest music. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Song of Myself page. Ballads, blues, showtunes, folk rock, jazz - the music of Tobin's roots. These are songs he's song for decades, arrangements that have evolved and matured with him.

"American Tune" by Paul Simon. "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney. Bob Dylan's "Dignity." A Joni Mitchell and an Elton John medly. "Being Alive" from Company (Stephen Sondheim). "Impossible Dream" from Man of la Mancha. "Oh Danny Boy." "Frozen Man" by James Taylor. Many more, plus two original songs by Tobin Mueller.
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Hard Place To Find - Tobin has released a second volume of his favorite songs from The American Songbook. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Hard Place To Find project page. "Still Crazy" by Paul Simon. Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" and "Bob Dylan's Dream." Richie Haven's "Paradise." "Dulcinea" from Man of la Mancha. "Alfie" by Bacharach. "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Many more, plus one original song by Tobin Mueller. All songs have to do with journeying, questing, searching. Released June 2nd, 2013.

"Tobin Mueller is something of a Renaissance man of the arts, and 'Hard Place To Find' presents another volume in his prolific and impressive output. More of an art-music album than a pop release, I recommend it if you are looking for something different and deeply personal!" - Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano
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A Bit of Light - A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs featuring Mueller's vocals and a long list of his best friends and collaborators, including world renown violinist Entcho Todorov, Grammy winner saxophonist Danny McCaslin, L.A. saxophonist Woody Mankowski, English fiddler player Martyn Kember-Smith and Texan guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights. The music melds jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format.
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If I Could Live Long Enough - Previously unreleased outtakes from earlier projects, including the 1998-1999 Rain Bather sessions, the 2004-2006 MacJams collaborations, and selected songs from two of Mueller's musicals - Creature and Runners In A Dream. Featuring acoustic guitar by Grammy winner Michael Hedges, vocals by Woody Mankowski and Emily Rohm, and some of Mueller's best songwriting. 6 free Bonus Tracks available here.
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September 11 Project: Ten Years Later - Music written following 9/11/2001. Tobin was asked to participate in the 10th anniversary at Ground Zero ceremony and revisted these songs. He decided to put them out as an album instead of keep them to myself. Since he was unable to sing at the event, after contracting a lung disorder, this music gained layers of poignancy. Recorded in the months following the tragedy.
Poetry / Spoken Word
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As Simple As Soap - Del lends his deep voice and unique personality to Tobin's award-winning poetry. Love, fatherhood, history, death and daily meanings are all touch on in this combination of poetry and short story offerings. Each spoken word selection is accompanied by Mueller's visually stimulating background music that adds great emotional depth. The force and color of Del's voice earns this collection a high recommendation; the breathtaking and varied accompaniments make this a truly fascinating addition to Tobin Mueller's collected works.
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Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. Paying homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut and Faulkner, as well as contemporary authors such as Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville, Mueller spins musical stories that will make you consider each author in a new light. Every track is a musical meditation, guided by inspiring and insightful quotations recited and underscored by Mueller. Taken as a whole, the album becomes a personal memoir of Mueller's life journey. The 18 tracks combine to represent the true breadth of his musical influences and accumulated experiences.