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Best of the CenterStage Years - Volume 1 and Volume 2
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TOBIN MUELLER: Best of the CenterStage Years (1988-1992) is a compilation of Tobin Mueller's best songs written during the years he wrote for CenterStage Productions.

Volume One highlights Tobin Mueller’s earlier Children's Theatre educational musicals. Volume Two presents the later CenterStage years when he began writing literature-based musical dramas. The progression of complexity and theme also illustrates the maturing of the youth troupe as they grew. Three of his latter shows were adapted and expanded for Off-Broadway in the middle 90s. Several of those new songs are included in this compilation.

Mueller composed over 125 songs and nine plays for CenterStage. He also directed and toured each show. His involvement with UNEP and the World Youth Environmental Movement during that time culminated in his troupe being inducted into the Global 500 Roll of Honor in 1994. After transferring his energies to writing for Off-Broadway, his CenterStage musicals continued to tour under the direction of Lyn Miller until 1998. They continue to be performed by students in classroom and auditoriums world wide. (To Save the Planet alone has been performed over 600 times, on five continents, and was made into a film.)

Many of these recordings are performed by adults (CenterStage Players) with a children's chorus. Several others are performed by members the CenterStage Youth Touring Troupe themselves. A few tracks are composer demos not previously released ("Raggedy & Me", "One Voice", "Walls"). All are outtakes from Mueller's nine CenterStage plays and their derivatives: seven educational musicals, two musical dramas based on literature (the legend of Robin Hood and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein ), and two adaptations for Off-Broadway ("Freedom's First Light" and "Creature").

Featured singers: Janet Planet, Timothy Dorsey, Emily Rohm and composer Tobin Mueller. Janet Planet is a Grammy nominated jazz singer, Tim Dorsey is a jazz/pop writer-performer from Wisconsin, and Emily Rohm is a musical theatre professional from Chicago. Other featured singers include R&B singer Jessica Flood, progressive rocker Anton (Twon) Mueller, musical theatre performers Jim Hart and Rebecca Welhouse. Many additional performers from the CenterStage Theatre Troupe went on to careers in the performing arts, including Brianna Davis, Justin Leath, Stacy Funk, Holly Thomas, Kate Brehm, Lisa Jarret, Kathryn Purdy and more.

Featured Singers Janet Planet - Tim Dorsey - Emily Rohm

This album is remastered by Factory Underground Studio's Tom Stewart. Since these are theatrical performances, many of the original tracks included scenes, narration, etc. Whenever ppossible, the talking sections have been edited out. Links are provided to original project pages in case you are interested in listening to the complete soundtracks.

Every track is both streamable and downloadable (see MP3s below). To purchase, see the "available" list at the top of the page.

CSP Album Covers
Volume One
We Are the Ones [from To Save the Planet]
Happy Birthday World [from Music of the Planets]
Earth: The Cradle of Life [from Music of the Planets]
Pluto, Last Planet on the Rim [from Music of the Planets]
We Are the Thunder Lizards [from Danger Dinosaurs!]
Hey Tuatara [from Danger Dinosaurs!]
Is There a Hope / Something New [from Danger Dinosaurs!]
Save the Planet [from To Save the Planet]
Hole in the Sky [from To Save the Planet]
City Heat (abridged) [from To Save the Planet]
Where Have You Gone? [from To Save the Planet]
Who Done It? (abridged) [from Mickey Spleen]
Give and Take [from Mickey Spleen]
Got to Circulate [from Mickey Spleen]
Divide and Conquer (abridged) [from The Sound of Money]
For You, For me (abridged) [from The Sound of Money]
We Are the Good Guys [from Say Yes to Life]
See Yourself Free [from Say Yes to Life]
On Your Feet (abridged) [from Say Yes to Life]
Raggedy & Me [previously unreleased]

MP3s and Liner Notes:

1.
We Are the Ones
from To Save the Planet

Originally written as the theme song for the international youth envoronmental organization C.A.R.E. , this song was adopted by the 1992 United Nations World Environmental Day celebration. It was featured in the June 5 1992 extravaganza put on by the U.N. in Washington D.C. Later, Mueller added it to To Save the Planet as an encore song. "We are the ones wioth the future in our hands." Features Emily Rohm, Jessica Flood, Kathryn Purdy, Brianna Davis, Chris Vanderlinden, Tobin Mueller.

2.
Happy Birthday World
from Music of the Planets

Opening song for Mueller's first children's educational musical depicts the evolution of our solar system. Featured singer: Janet Planet. Backing singers: Tobin Mueller, Tim Dorsey, the CenterStage Children's Chorus. See: lyrics.


3.
Earth: The Cradle of Life (abridged)
from Music of the Planets

A moving duet homage to Earth by Janet Planet and Tobin Mueller. See: lyrics.

4.
Pluto, Last Planet on the Rim
from Music of the Planets

Janet Planet is featured in this cabaret style song to Pluto, written back when it was still our official 9th planet. See: lyrics.

5.
We Are the Thunder Lizards
from Danger Dinosaurs!

A slightly abridged version of The Dinosaur March, the opening song from Mueller's kid friendly show about the evolution and extinction of the dinosuars. See: unabridged lyrics.

6.
Hey Tuatara
from Danger Dinosaurs!

Tim Dorsey is featured as he introduces the lead character of the story: the ancient and wise Tuatara. See: lyrics.

7.
Is There a Hope / Something New
from Danger Dinosaurs!

Tyrannosaurus Rex boasts about surviving the comet cataclysm. But starvation is on the horizon as mass extinction unsues. Tuatara looks for a final hope in this climactic moment. Featured singers: Jim Hart, Janet Planet. See: lyrics.

8.
Save the Planet
from To Save the Planet

Opening song of Mueller's award-winning envornmental musical. Performed by the CenterStage Youth Theatre Troupe. Written in 1989, this show toured the world, was performed on the floor of the United Nations, and remains as relevant as ever. Features Emily Rohm. See: lyrics.

9.
Hole in the Sky
from To Save the Planet

As the ozone hole heals, this song becomes a song of hope, even though it was originally written as a warning. May each of the issues brought up in the show be as successfully dealt with as the years go by. Features Emily Rohm. See: lyrics.

10.
City Heat (abridged)
from To Save the Planet

An abridged version of the climactic song, when the Scientist's daughter Melanie begins her rebellion, taking matters into her own hands. Soon she will spirit away the world's children to a secret island, until the world realizes it is jeopardizing the future of humanity through inaction. This song takes place in Mexico City, one of the world's most congested, polluted cities (back in 1989, before the economic rise of Indian and China created far worse problems). See: unabridged lyrics.

11.
Where Have You Gone?
from To Save the Planet

The Scientist tries to find his daughter. This haunting lament is peformed by Chris Vanderlinden, a founding member of the CenterStage Youth Theatre Troupe. See: lyrics.

12.
Who Done It? (abridged)
from Mickey Spleen Saves the Day

Mickey Spleen (Justin Leath) is asked by the Lymphette Sisters (Kathryn Purdy, Dawn Thomas, Brianna Davis) to help them discover what is making them all sick. Vinny Virus (Anton Mueller) and his RNA Gang (Chris Vanderlinden, Philip Vanderhyden, Dan Jessup) provide the villiany. The show is written in the style of film noir private eye stories, complete with swing era music. See: unabridged lyrics.

13.
Give and Take
from Mickey Spleen Saves the Day

Lucy Lymphette (Kathryn Purdy) is featured in this homage to the body's muscular system. See: lyrics.

14.
Got to Circulate
from Mickey Spleen Saves the Day

The Lymphette Sisters (Kathryn Purdy, Dawn Thomas, Brianna Davis) lead the cast in a rousing circulatory homage as Mickey Spleen (Justin Leath) tracks down the evil Vinny Virus. See: lyrics.

15.
Divide and Conquer (abridged)
from The Sound of Money

Adam Smith and the Pin Maker teach about the Division of Labor. Features Tim Dorsey and the CenterStage Players. See: lyrics.

16.
For You, For Me (abridged)
from The Sound of Money

After learning about their comparative advantages and all the other free market concepts, the cast celebrates their success in this islander finalé. Features Tim Dorsey, Tobin Mueller and the CenterStage Players, with Jeff Marozek on percussion. See: lyrics.

17.
We Are the Good Guys
from Say Yes to Life

A rousing prologue song opens this show about self-esteem, choosing good friends and avoiding drugs. Features Tim Dorsey, Janet Planet, Tobin Mueller and the CenterStage Players.

18.
See Yourself Free
from Say Yes to Life

The main character needs to find the strength to see himself free from to be his best self and transcend the less than perfect life in which he finds himeself. Features Tobin Mueller, Tim Dorsery and the CenterStage Players.

19.
On Your Feet (abridged)
from Say Yes to Life

Joyous finalé to "Say Yes to Life!" Features the CenterStage Players.

20.
Raggedy and Me
previously unpublished

One of Tobin Mueller's children's songs not associated with any educational plays but fun and supportive nonetheless. A kind of Bonus Track to Volume One.

Volume Two
I Want to Know [from I Want to Know]
History of Science (abridged) [from I Want to Know]
The Train [from "History of Transportation" medley I Want to Know]
Replaced by Robotics (outtake from History of the Industrial Revolution medley) - I Want to Know]
Come Out of the Forest [from Robin Hood]
Here, For a Moment [from Robin Hood, Broadway version]
Let Freedom In [from Robin Hood]
Walls [from Robin Hood, Broadway version]
One Less Child [from Robin Hood]
In The Great Dream [from Robin Hood]
Sweet Liberty [from Robin Hood]
Frankenspell Superstar (abridged) [from Frankenspell Superstar]
Do I Know Him? [from Creature, Broadway version]
Run Run Away (abridged) [from Frankenspell Superstar]
I’m Gonna School Ya (abridged) [from Frankenspell Superstar]
When You Came [from Frankenspell Superstar (abridged)]
Making of the Creature (abridged) [from Creature, Broadway version]
I Am [from Creature, Broadway version]
Dreams [from Creature, Broadway version]
I Won’t Leave You [from Creature, Broadway version]

BONUS TRACKS: Woody Singing Promise, Dreams, Over the World/I Won’t Leave You (all from Creature, the Broadway version)
MP3s and Liner Notes:

21.
I Want to Know
from I Want to Know

Prologue song to Mueller's show about the history of science and invention. It is also an homage to curiostity, perserverence and the indomitable human spirit. Featured narrator: Stacy Funk. See: lyrics.

22.
Moon to Sun, All are One
from I Want to Know

This abridged version presents the first section of a sweeping 11-minute History of Science medley. It features Rebecca Welhouse (Magical Priestess), Stacy Funk (narrator) and the CenterStage Players. In the unabridged version these sections follow: Egyptian Agriculture and the Calender; Persian Medicine, Astronomy and Algebra; The Age of Faith and the Scribe; The Renaissance; The Birth of Classical Physics and the Age of Electricity, Einstein and the Future (see next track). Each section is accompanied by music that matches each historical period. See: lyrics for the words to the original version.

23.
Einstein and the Future
from I Want to Know

This abridged version is the final section of the 11-minute medley The History of Science. the Modern Age of Einstein. Features Tobin Mueller (Einstein), Rebecca Welhouse and the CenterStage Players. See: lyrics for the words to the original version.

24.
The Train
from I Want to Know

Part 3 of the History of Transportation Medley that starts with The Sail and ends with Flight: Touch the Heavens. Features Tobin Mueller. See: lyrics.

25.
Replaced by Robotics (abridged)
from I Want to Know

Last movement of the Industrial Revolution Medley that introduces the idea of robotics. See: lyrics for entire medley script.

26.
Come Out of the Forest
from Robin Hood

The scene in which Diana convinces Robin Hood to leave the safety of the forest and begin to spread their revolution acoss the land. "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..." Features the CenterStages Players, especially Kate Brehm and Tobin Mueller.

27.
Here, For a Moment
from Robin Hood, Broadway version

Robin Hood and Lady Marion find a moment alone in the Abbey. Robin wrestles with a lack of certainty. "Who am I but a common man, common dreamer. Just a man in love, wanting more than time allows." Features Emily Rohm and Tobin Mueller.


28.
Let Freedom In
from Robin Hood

The cast sings about their hope. "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..." Features Emily Rohm, Tobin Mueller and the CenterStage Players.

29.
Walls
from Robin Hood, Broadway version

From the confines of prison, Robin sings about the many kinds of 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..." Features Tobin Mueller.

30.
One Less Child
from Robin Hood

The Merrie Men break Robin out of prison, but everyone's favorite youth, Much the Miller's Son, is killed. Collatoral damage. The cast mourns. "One more life gone. One more wrong. One more lesson learned, too hard won..." Features Kathryn Purdy, Tobin Mueller and Emily Rohm. This is the arrangement used in the Off Broadway version.

31.
In the Great Dream
from Robin Hood

Marion leads the women in a song about the future while the men are away fighting in the Crusades. "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..." Features Angela Verrier and the CenterStage Players.

32.
Sweet Liberty
from Robin Hood

Tobin Mueller wrote this song in 1984 when the Statue of Liberty restoration began. It was performed at the 1986 Centennial in D.C. He later adaptaed it into a duet between Robin Hood and Lady Marion. "See her great light, parting the night. My only queen: Sweet Liberty..." features Tobin Mueller and Jessica Flood.

33.
Frankenspell Superstar (abridged)
from Frankenspell Superstar

Mueller's groundbreaking one-act rock opera "Frankenspell Superstar" debuted in 1992 to fabulous reviews. He would later expand the show into two acts for a family-friendly Off Broadway run in 1995. Then, in 1996, he rewrote the script with a far more adult bend, adding edgier storylines and character arcs, renaming it "Creature". This track is from the original CenterStage Players one-act, the scene that introduces Dr. Victor Frankenstein as he creates then celebrates his Creature. Features Jessica Flood, Kathryn Purdy, Lisa Jarret, Lindsey Teetaert, Holly Thomas and Emily Rohm as the Gypsies; Chris Vanderlinden as Victor Frankenstein: See: lyrics to the uncut version.

34.
Do I Know Him
from Creature, Broadway version

Featuring Emily Rohm, this song captures the moment Hilde, the little mountain girl, meets Victor Frankenstein. See: lyrics.

35.
Run Run Away
from Frankenspell Superstar

Again featuring Emily Rohm as the mountain girl, this abridged scene takes place as Hilde encourages the Creature, as well as all of the lab animals caged in Frankenstein's laboratory, to escape and follow her into the mountains.

36.
I'm Gonna School Ya
from Frankenspell Superstar

Safe in the wilds of the mountains, Hilde begins to teach the Creature about life. Featuring Emily Rohm as Hilde and Matt Knudsen as the Creature. The CenterStage players round out the chorus of gypsies and lab animals. See: lyrics.

37.
When You Came
from Frankenspell Superstar

A beautiful duet between Hilde the little mountain girl and the Creature. See: lyrics.

38.
Bring the Fire / Over the World (alternative version of The Making the Creature)
from Creature, Broadway version

Beginning with underscoring, the scene shows the making of the Creature. As Dr. Frankenstein assembles the human organs, the Spirit of each organ (the actors who make up the Broadway version chorus) watches and comments. Victor Frankenstein (Tim Cunningham) is accompanied by his fiancé Elisabeth (Jessica Flood).

39.
I Am
from Creature, Broadway version

This was first added to the show when it was expanded into two acts. It remained a centerpiece of the next version, the Creature's dramatic solo soliloquy. It represents the moment he discovers his own voice from within the cacophony of the spirit voices that make up his organs.

40.
Dreams
from Creature, Broadway version

This is Mueller's most recorded song. It was first used in the Broadway version of "Creature", and subsquently used in "Runners in a Dream." It also appears in Mueller's album If I Could Live Long Enough and many other artists' albums and live shows. This version features Emily Rohm.

41.
I Won't Leave You
from Creature, Broadway version

This replaced "When You Came" as the finalé when the Off-Broadway version of "Frankenspell Superstar" evolved into "Creature" (as performed at the John Houseman Theatre). Mueller has created a medley of this song for his 2020 album Wonder (Volume One, track 11), as well as an instrumental version (Volume One, track 12). He also repurposed this music to underscore poetry in his spoken word album Afterwords. A version of the "Afterwords" adaptation appears as a piano solo on Afterwords: Bonus Tracks under the title "One With Stars".

42.
What We Have Learned
from Frankenspell Superstar

The Creature dies saving Hilde from the burning of Frankenstein's Tower. The cast gathers around his fallen body to pay homage. A reprise of "When You Came". This song as the finalé of the original "Frankenspell Superstar" one-act. See: lyrics.

1992 Poster - Tobin Mueller
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.
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TOBIN MUELLER: Best of the CenterStage Years - soundtrack/musicals. Compilation of 42 songs from Mueller's 9 musicals produced under the CenterStage banner. Volume One highlights his delightful children's educational music; Volume Two presents his Broadway offerings. From humorous wordplay to clever histories, romantic soliloquys to powerful rock opera duets, this music informs, inspires, entertains and satisfies.

*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
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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. 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. Influences include Aaron Copland, 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, 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."
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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.
Tobin's Rock Collection
Progressive Rock
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WONDER - progressive rock/pop fusion. This tour de force double album combines the power and virtuosity of prog with the intimate simplicity of lullabies. Track list alternates between vocals songs and instrumentals, giving time to contemplate Mueller's poetic lyrics. Styles transcends prog and pop, with influences of jazz, classical, electronica and world music layered throughout. Features rearrangements of songs from his Audiocracy years, rock operas and stage shows, plus new material certain to blow you away.
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.
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.
Musicals
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TOBIN MUELLER: Best of the CenterStage Years - soundtrack/musicals. Compilation of 42 songs from Mueller's 9 musicals produced under the CenterStage banner. Volume One highlights his delightful children's pop rock educational music; Volume Two presents his rock opera and dramatic Broadway offerings. From humorous wordplay to romantic soliloquys ro rock anthems, this music informs, inspires, entertains and satisfies.
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.
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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.