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Tobin Mueller: Interpretive Jazz Pianist
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An album for interpretive jazz piano music
Tobin Mueller

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Interpretive Jazz Piano Music

Tobin Mueller is a composer, playwright and interpretive pianist. His musical compositions range from Impressionist Jazz to Progressive Rock to Classical symphonies and even Broadway musicals. In the late 1970s, he was one of several composer-pianists who developed what would become known as New Age music, although Tobin's version identifies more closely with Modal/Post-Bop Jazz. His 2018 album, Standard Deviations, is an homage to the great jazz composers of the Twentieth Century. It reached #16 on the FM Jazz Radio charts and #18 on Independent Radio (college radio, all genres).

One of the most creative musical minds out there… I love that Mueller ignores all boundaries for musical genres in his music, juxtaposing jazz, blues, Broadway, prog rock, New Age, classical stylings... giving free reign to his vast experience and training along with an imagination that knows no limitations."
- Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano

Mueller has recorded with Grammy winners Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter, Michael Hedges, Donny McCaslin (last collaborator with David Bowie) and Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter Band); as well as Woody Mankowski, Ken Schaphorst, Entcho Todorov, Janet Planet and more. He's played with Maynard Ferguson; collaborated with Jon Anderson (from Yes), Brian Welch ("Head" from Korn), Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche), Lamar Moore (Lettuce), Mike Nappi (J Geils Band), Bob Piper (Pleiades) and countless other musicians from around the globe. As an NYC Dramatist Guild playwright and lyricist, music from his Off Broadway show Creature (1998) found its way onto his award-winning jazz album Rain Bather (mixed at the legendary Sound City Studio).

As an interpretive pianist, Mueller has recorded inventive arrangements of Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and used composers such as Aaron Copeland and Igor Stravinsky as inspirations for his jazz works. He produced a 5-disc Masterworks Trilogy that reshapes the great piano solos of old utilizing Mueller's unique musical voice.


Mueller's musical influences include Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John Taylor and McCoy Tyner. His acoustic piano stylings fit into the contemporary jazz field with such talents as Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Liz Story, Gerald Clayton, Hiromi, David Lanz, Jim Brickman and Tigran Hamasyan. His progressive rock organ playing is reminiscent of both Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. His electric piano experiments are unique and defy easy categorizing.


You want ambition? Look no further than the works of Tobin Mueller. He takes on jazz like a mad scientist. Doing solo work in the lab, he is filled with lyricism and reflection. With fellow lab partners, he puts on the goggles and gives new allure to these standards. The burettes and pipettes were used to full effect on his experimental sessions."

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Mueller's Big Band, Funk and Fusion Collection
An amazing jazz amalgam that showcases the great players Mueller chose to record with. But even more so, it captures at its zenith Mueller’s genius ability to dance in and out of motifs and themes while paying such great respect to the jazz composers he "quotes”. He makes the intertwining of the composer's intent with his own interpretation sound effortless, expansive, beautiful and awesome..."

John LaMantia, contributing critic for Downbeat Magazine
Big Band / Funk / Fusion

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Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues/Fusion - 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, Hoagy Carmichael, Lennon-McCartney and more. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
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Come In Funky - Jazz/Funk - 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 resonates with unique intimacy, playfulness and humor. A delight. For more info, see: Come In Funky Project page. 2014.
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Müller's Wheel - small combo jazz - Remastered and now on CD, formerly titled "The Muller's Wheel," this jazz ensemble recording takes you on a joyous history of instrumental jazz from bop to fusion, swing to funk. The happiest, hippest hour of music you'll ever hear, featuring Tobin Mueller on piano & organ, Woody Mankowski on saxes. All original tunes that pay homage to jazz greats that came before. Released 2010; remixed and reissued 2012. For more info, see: The Muller's Wheel Project page.
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Rain Bather - big band jazz - 13-track, 80-minute tour de force jazz collection by an all-star ensemble. Winner of "Album of the Year" for 2009 at JazzChicago.net. Not to be missed! "One of the freshest and most entertaining, intriguing and exciting recordings I've come across; the product of its composer's kaleidoscopic mind. A true panorama of pulsing big band horns, wacky organs, fiddles, flutes, clarinets and beats, that succeeds by accurately capturing the sound of someone smiling." - Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net
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WONDER - progressive rock/pop fusion. Although this tour de force double album is mainly about the power of progressive rock, Mueller's interpretive jazz keyboards add a modal flavor to each track. 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.

You guys can play! A stellar set of recordings that, I believe, adds seriously to the body of jazz that this represents. Ron Carter’s bass drives. Tobin Mueller’s own work on the organ fascinates. Woody Mankowski is on fire from track to track. Remarkable work in every single way I can think of, played with a spirit of invention and joy from the first notes to the last. A delightful experience to hear such excellent compositions played so beautifully in this most-lively of styles."
- Paul Page
Mueller's Solo Piano Recordings

Mueller's music has won numerous awards, most recently JAZZIZ Magazine's Critics' Choice (Afterwords, 2017), Fanfare Magazine's Annual Critics Choice awards (Of Two Minds, 2016; Flow, 2015); Mainly Piano's Annual Favorite Picks: Standard Deviations, 2018; Afterwords, 2017; Of Two Minds, 2016; Flow, 2015); and Album of the Year (Rain Bather, 2009) from JazzChicago.net. His non-musical awards include the United Nations’ Global 500 Roll of Honor. Mueller becoming a laureate in 1994. (His stage plays have also won several awards. See his full bio.

Tobin Mueller proves his originality, his inquisitiveness as a musician and a thinker, and his fluid, full throttle energy as a pianist. One continually has the sense that the piano is Mueller’s alter ego, and when he sits down to play, to arrange or improvise, he is engaging in an exciting dialogue of discovery with his inner self. Mueller’s jazz piano excursions are ambitious and sophisticated. His skill as a pianist is top notch, colorful and persuasive. But his comprehensive grasp of classical music form and structure is what stands out... Genius."

Fanfare Magazine, October 2015
Solo Piano
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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, full of emotion and intelligence, one part homage, one part internal romance. New Age, Neo-Classical, Modal Jazz and Baroque all combined in seamless synergy. 16-page booklet included with 2-disc CD set. See the project page for details. Achieved Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Award. Flow is second album of "The Masterworks Trilogy".
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Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller the final addition to Mueller's "The Masters Trilogy" in which he explores the interconnections between classical and jazz piano. Mueller reinterprets Chopin's most iconic piano solos (Disc 1) and uses Chopin's preludes to inspire three original jazz piano sonatas (Disc 2). Seductive, rebellious, heroic, lovely. Mueller weaves Jazz, Blues, New Age and Romantic, all strands of music into a single fabric. Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice Award.
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Impressions of Water & Light - an exploration of Impressionist piano music, including Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Satie. Using the written notes as if they are light and his imagination as if it is water, Tobin creates all new intrerpretations exploring the inherent intimacy between jazz and Impressionist music. You will never hear these works the same again. The CD package itself is a work of art, includes beautiful Impressionist paintings to illustrate each piece. First album of "The Masterworks Trilogy".
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Midwinter Born - a collection of jazz piano reinterpretations of 18 traditional Christmas carols, Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness and over-riding joy of the season. It is perhaps his most accessible solo piano album. The wonder of Christmas unfolds as he takes you on a yuletide journey through his musical imagination. A progressive rock synth-driven medley completes the album with a surprise Bonus Track. For details, see Midwinter Born Liner Notes.
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Morning Whispers - New Age / Neo-classical solo piano combining lyrical impressionism, healing emotions and contemporary jazz influences. A song cycle of tragic beauty. Almost every track is elegant, giving, combining joy and melancholy, a breath of morning. Influences include Aaron Copland, Keith Jarret, Chic Corea, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story.
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13 Masks - An interweaving of jazz, avant-garde classical and "Progressive Ragtime." Blending each style through the chaos of the subconscious, the composer wanted to create compelling, surprising musical stories. Indeed, he has! 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. Also, check out the thirteen Medieval masks that served as inspiration to each track.
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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; MainlyPiano's 2017 Favorites List.

I am in awe of Tobin Mueller’s fearless pursuit of honesty and originality in his work. He creates astonishing and singular works of art."
Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

Sample MP3s from Various Projects
1.
Ghostly Bells (of Independence) - New England Suite, second movement
— from Flow

In Disc 2 of this 2-volume CD, Mueller presents two original modal jazz piano suites. This is the second piece from his New England Suite. It is an excellent example of how Mueller takes from multiple genres and modls them into a unified whole. He even quotes Yanky Doodle Dandy as a tribute to New England.

2.
Every Night A World, Every Morning A Circus
— from Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks

Originally used to illustrate quotations from "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck, Mueller later created this edited version letting the Oscar Peterson-inspired piano speak for itself.

3.
After Hours with Monk
— from Standard Deviations

This piece is one of dozens of collaborations Mueller has recorded with saxist Woody Mankowski. Fusing the jazz standards After Hours with Monk's Point, they weave blues and jazz into a progressive blues trio. Mueller overdubs organ, playing the part of the larger orchestra (as heard in most Big Band versions).

4.
Air
 by J.S. Bach — from Flow
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"Air on the G String" was one of the first Bach works ever recorded, in 1902. Part of the melody was incorporated into Procol Harum's 1967 hit, A Whiter Shade of Pale. Mueller brings elegance to his jazz piano interpretation.

5.
Étude in G-Flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5, "Black Keys and Butterflies"
  by Chopin — from Of Two Minds

Mueller's adaption of this étude lends it a kind of Impressionistic sensibility, with an early Jazz vibe felt mostly in the left hand rhythms. This piece is often played with a certain frantic muscularity. Mueller gives it a playful lightness.

6.
Under A Western Sky
— from Morning Whispers

In memory of the many nights camping under the stars. Mueller's original composition pays homage to the open harmonies and spacious Americanism of Aaron Copland.

7.
Étude No. 12 in C Minor, Op. 10
 by Chopin — from Of Two Minds
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The Revolutionary Étude was written during the November Uprising of 1831, an armed rebellion in the heartland of partitioned Poland against the Russian Empire. When Russia first invaded Poland, Chopin fled to Paris as a political exile, where he became friends with the cultural elite of the day, forever changing the trajectory of his life.

8.
Unexpected Escape
 from Of Two Minds
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On Disc 2 of Mueller's Chopin tribute album, Mueller premieres 3 modal jazz piano sonatas. This is the second movement from "Sonata of Quantum Entanglements". An example of modal jazz-blues that morphs into an homage to Chopin's Prelude #6.

9.
The First Noel
 traditional English carol — from Midwinter Born
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Mueller was one of the pianists who founded the New Age style of piano composing. This arrangement of the classic holiday carol is a perfect example of the energetic stylings he lends to this often sedate genre.

10.
Two Pease in a Chili Pod
— from 13 Masks
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Mueller fuses Latin stylings with Monk sensibilities on this track from his experimental piano disc, 12 Masks. The ending is especially energetic!

11.
Lyre (Apollo)
— from Instead of Heaven
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Mueller is in the midst of recording his 31st album. This is a sneak peak of the opening track. Here, he fuses modal jazz styles with the mythic stories of ancient Greece.


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 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 Stravinsky, 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 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".
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. 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 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 appearances by Michael Hedges, Scott Rockenfield, Bob Piper (Pleiades), Anton Mueller (Audiocracy), Steve Stone, Aaron Paul, Lennon Loveday (Shadow of Nine), more...
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.
Fusion
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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 and more. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
Rock 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.
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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.
Children's Educational Music: CenterStage-Musicals
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.

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