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Robin Hood
and the Free People of the Forest
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Robin Hood and the Free People of the Forest
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Robin Hood and the Free People of the Forest was one of CenterStage Productions' most successful musicals, touring the US and Canada in 1991-1992, then again in 1994-1997 with an expanded script. It also had an extended run Off Broadway in 1994-1995, with additional music added and a new script (under the title Freedom's First Light). This recording highlights to music from each version, with minimal narration, remastered from stage recordings and composer demos by Factory Underground Studios.

Two main additions are included in this retelling the famous legend: a fiery young woman, Dianah, who persuades Robin to leave the relative freedom of Sherwood Forest and join her larger revolution; and a newly interpretted Will Scarlet who ends up writing the first draft of the Magna Carta. Dianah turns the Merrie Men into freedom fighters, spreading revolution throughout the countryside, bringing tragedy as well as triumph. Will Scarlet picks up the pieces in the aftermath, once Robin and his men return from King John's crusades broken and in need of a new vision.

Marion and Robin's love story remains, as does the swashbuckling fun of the Merrimen and the cruel yet commical interactions with the Sherrif of Nottingham and his evil uncle Lord Gisbourne. The music is sweeping and inspiring, the story is relevant and fresh. Appropriate for all ages. The original CenterStage Troupe performed the show with students ages 5 to 18. Recommended cast size is 34 to 60. The Off Broadway version's cast was 16, with one major casting different: Friar Tuck was played by a woman and renamed Sister Tuck. See CenterStage-Musicals for more information. Contact: Tobin Mueller.

The CenterStage Players on this recording include:
Narrator: Kathryn Purdy Original Cast
Dianah: Kate Brehm/Emily Rohm
Robin Hood: Chris Vanderlinden/Tobin Mueller
Marion: Angela Verrier/Jessica Flood/Emily Rohm
Friar Tuck: Philip Vanderhyden III
Dianah's Mother: Jessica Flood
The Sheriff: Jason Gubbles
Lord Gisbourne: David Cohen
Much, the Miller's Son: Will Mueller
Will Scarlet: Tobin Mueller
Additional Merrie Men: Eric Westphal, Brett Logan, Dan Jessup, Michael Triolo, Nick Glisczinski, Justin Leath, Anton Mueller
Additonal Women's Chorus: Holly Thomas, Dawn Thomas, Amanda Nelson, Sarah Gribble, Brie McKee, Laney McKee, Lindsey Teetaert, Trish Armstrong, Alissa Misun, Jessie Thompson
Original version recorded at Bonzai Recording Studio, Jeff Maroscek engineer.

Feel free to download the two versions of the script currently available:
 •  Original Robin Hood script from 1992
 •  expanded touring script of Robin Hood from 1995 (includes additional songs, etc.)

Click the Play buttons below to listen (website may take a moment to start streaming). Click on the Download link to listen at your leisure.

Jump to:  Bonus Tracks and Composer's Demos

Robin Hood Soundtrack - Streaming MP3s and Downloads
1.
Prologue: Too Many Years

"Too many years they steal us blind. Too many years we bow before them. Too many years we live despised..."

2.
Dianah had others plans...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

3.
Can You Hear It Now

"Can you hear it now?
 It is all around you... There is freedom in the air. Shot out from a bow, guarded hope has taken wing, flaming from a hero fair..."

4.
Change their lives forever...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

5.
Out of the Forest

"We're free men, all! Beyond the law! We head the call of Robin Hood...
Before us all the mighty fall. The weak stand tall with Robin Hood..."

6.
A future worthy of a free people...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

7.
Let Freedom Ring

"We can change the world, change it now. Throw away the chains, free us all. Build a better land, dressed in joy, dressed in forest green..."

8.
Hail to the Sheriff

How I love to hear, "Hail to the Sheriff," in the wood. Soon each man will cheer, "Hail to the Sheriff," in the wood...

9.
A special benediction...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

10.
Lay Your Burdens Down

"Sometimes in this world, there are troubles you cannot master. When you loose control, lay your burdens down at my feet..."

11.
Imagining a future...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

12.
Sweet Liberty

"See her great light, parting the night. My only queen: Sweet Liberty..."

13.
Here, For a Moment

"Who? Why? Can you guess what is here, deep inside? Who am I? Who defines? Who decides? Who am I, but a common thief in disguise, when here, at this moment, here, all my lifeʼs concealed. Playing the hero, praying the world would heal. Seal all its wounds. Feel the force of the words written here on the altar, on my heart, here, in your eyes..."

14.
The Sheriff's word could not be trusted...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

15.
One Less Child

"One more life gone. One more wrong. One more lesson learned, too hard won..."

16.
Free of all charges...

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

17.
In the Great Dream

"Let’s wage peace, in the Great Dream. Hate must cease, in the Great Dream. Each must be, in the Great Dream, equal and free, in the Great Dream..."

18.
Walls

"I was once a ʻrespectableʼ man. Owning gold, owning souls, owning land. An existence so parceled and planned. I hadnʼt a clue of what freedom meant. The power that I held bought its own consent. The wealth that I owned, it really owned me. Demanded my soul... I had to break free. So I cast off all petty pretense. Turned my back on my inheritance. To be true, Iʼve not stopped running since..."

19.
Shared vision of freedom... (perhaps word in background fanfares?)

Narration summarizing the connecting scene.

20.
Finale: We Can Change the World

"We can change our lives. Youʼve shown us how. We have seen a way to live life now. Look what we have gained. Made a place where new life can reign..."

21.
Fanfare (if note used prior as underscoring)

Curtain Music.

Bonus Tracks and Alternative Versions
1.
Stretch Up to Heaven (composer's demo)

"Stretch up to heaven. Stretch up. Stretch up. Closer to the sky, hold your chin up high... Keep tryinʼ...)" This is a composer's demo of the scene in which Little John and Merrie Men free Robin Hood from being hung by the Sheriff. The Merrie Men pretend to be traveling players and put on a show. They stir up the crowd to create a distraction and in the resulting chaos free Robin. However, Much the Miller's son is killed in the process.

2.
One Less Child (alternative version)

An alternative arrangement. (Not included on album - only available here)

3.
Maker of Kings (composer's demo)

A duet between Lord Gisbourne and his nephew The Sheriff of Nottingham:
Gisbourne: Some men will flinch when challenged.
In a pinch, they turn tail, missing chances.
No advancement goes to the sloppy sop weighed down by conscience.
Sheriff: Some men will stray when fortune comes their way.
But not dear Uncle (specially if the fortune belongs to others)

4.
Finale: Let Freedom In (alternive)

An alternative version including lead in music over which talking takes place in the later script.

5.
Finale: Before Us All (alternive composer's demo)

A composer's demo of the new finale. This is the version given to performers to learn their parts on their own. Tobin Mueller is singing all the parts, including the sopranos and altos in the Women's Chorus.

6.
Unused Fanfares 1
7.
Unused Fanfares 2

All music and lyrics by Tobin Mueller, ©1991/1994/1995/2019.

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Children's Educational Music: CenterStage-Musicals
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One of the highlights of Tobin's career was working with the United Nations and environmental NGOs during the late 80s and early 90s. In addition to writing environmental plays for youths that toured the world, he help plan international events that empowered youths in the worldwide environmental movement. Tobin wrote the tune that was adopted as the UNEP Youth theme song: We Are The Ones.

From 1987 to 1994, before moving to New York City and concentrating on Broadway and Off Broadway theatre, he wrote a series of youth educational musicals through CenterStage Productions:

To Save the Planet, an environmental musical.
Danger Dinosaurs, about the exctinction of the dinosaurs and the importance of friends.
Music of the Planets, about the solar system.
Mickey Spleen Saves the Day, swing-jazz anatomy musical.
I Want to Know, about the history of science & invention.
The Sound of Money, about economics.
Say "Yes" to Life, anti-drug/pro-self musical.
Frankenspell Superstar, Tale of a Man-Made Messiah, based on Frankenstein.
Robin Hood and the Free People of the Forest, musical drama about freedom and revolution.
Tobin Mueller: The Best of the CenterStage Years, a 2-volume 44-track compilation.

*Available directly from Tobin Mueller. Contact him for more information.
Tobin's Other CD Collections
Tobin's Solo Piano Collection
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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. Jazz influences include Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Gerald Clayton. "This may be the pianist-composer’s most ambitious and sophisticated recording. Highly recommended." Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice.
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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. Jazz influences include Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett. "One would be hard-pressed to find an artist with a more creative musical mind than Tobin Mueller’s." Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice.
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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. One of the three album in Mueller's "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 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. 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 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. An exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz. Tobin used illustrations of 13 medieval masks to inspire songs combining ragtime, jazz and 20th Century avant-garde classical. 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. "A truly unique album with music to really sink your teeth into."
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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. He pays homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Faulkner, as well as new authors Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville. Musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, even Keith Emerson. "An astonishing work of art." Jazziz's 2017 Critics' Choice.
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Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks - For those of you who prefer music without any interruptions, seven of the best tracks from Afterwords have been remastered with the talking edited out. Originally conceived for distribution to jazz radio stations, this Bonus Album is now avaiilable to the egeneral public. Influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor; post-bop, stride, new age, classic jazz.
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Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues - Although this is mainly an ensemble album, half the tracks on Disc 2 of this two volume recording are solo piano arrangements. Think of this is a piano album with fabulous guest artists sitting in on 2/3s of the tunes! See Standard Deviations project page for complete Liner Notes and several Bonus Tracks. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
Tobin's Jazz Collection
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
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Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues - Keyboardist Tobin Mueller is joined by Grammy-winner Paul Nelson (guitars), Woody Mankowski (saxophones), Lamar Moore & Mike Nappi (percussionists) to breathe new life into 33 standards in this fresh Two Volume CD. An homage to Monk, Ellington, Gershwin, Brubeck, Bernstein, Berlin, Kern, Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Lennon-McCartney, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Billy Strayhorn, Charlie Parker, Henri Mancini and more. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
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Come In Funky Old School Funk and and small combo Jazz featuring legendary bassist Ron Carter. "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 their larger 8-pieace ensemble, playing 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. This is joyous music. "It reminds us of the happiness we relive when returning to our musical roots," say Mueller and Mankowski.
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Rain Bather is an 80 minute long play CD featuring superlative solo performances by 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, synth; Woody Mankowski - soprano sax; Chris Mueller - acoustic piano; Jeff Cox - acoustic bass; Dane Richeson - drums; Tom Washatka - tenor sax; Doug Schnieder - tenor sax; Ken Schaphorst - flugelhorn; Bob Levy - trumpet; Sal Giorgianni - flute; Bill Barner - clarinet.
SOLO PIANO JAZZ
Afterwords cover
Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. He pays homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Faulkner, as well as new authors Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville. Musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, even Keith Emerson. "An astonishing work of art."
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Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller, especially Disc 2 - Tobin plays Tobin. Three original jazz piano sonatas make up Disc 2. Each shows Chopin influences, but draws more from contemporaries Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck and Keith Jarrett. "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." Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice Award.
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Flow: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller, especially Disc 2 - Tobin plays Tobin. Two post-bop jazz piano suites make up Disc 2. Each shows Bach influences, but draws more from contemporaries Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch and Gerald Clayton. "This may be the pianist-composer’s most ambitious and sophisticated recording project to date... a journey that inevitably explores the interactions of Baroque and jazz." Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Award.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Impressions of Water and Light is an exploration of the cross-inspirations between Impressionist and contemporary jazz piano, including adaptations of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Ibert and Carpenter. "The listener has the sense that Mueller is having his personal conversation as a composer and pianist with these great 19th- and 20th-century composers." This is third album of "The Masterworks Trilogy" which includes Flow and Of Two Minds.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
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. 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.
Morning Whispers cover
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. Influences include Aaron Copland, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story. Several of these piano pieces have since been used in film and documentaries.
13 Masks cover
13 Masks is Tobin's second solo piano collection. An exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz, influences include Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, John Medeski, as well as classical composers Shostakovich, Ligeti, Bartok. "A truly unique album with music to really sink your teeth into."
Afterwords: Bonus Tracks cover
Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks - For those of you who prefer music without any interruptions, seven of the best tracks from Afterwords have been remastered with the talking edited out. Originally conceived for distribution to jazz radio stations, this Bonus Album is now avaiilable to the egeneral public. Influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor; post-bop, stride, new age, classic jazz.
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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Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues - The only instrumental album in Tobin's "Standards" collection. An homage to Monk, Ellington, Gershwin, Brubeck, Hoagy Carmichael, Lennon-McCartney, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Henri Mancini, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and more, featuring great players and innovative arrangements. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
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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.
If I Live Long Enough cover
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.
September 11 Project cover
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.