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At The Piano
The Best of Tobin Mueller's Original Piano Works
Tobin Mueller: At The Piano - his best original piano works
in progress (release date mid 2024)

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TOBIN MUELLER: At The Piano is a project in the early stages of development. It will become a remastered collection of Tobin Mueller' best piano pieces - including three new performances, two new compositions.

Tracks listed below link to the original, unchanged versions. They are pre-production references to help determine order, etc.

One piano, one player. And the result is gorgeous. Blending classical Romanticism and contemporary jazz vibes, ambience and adventure, understatement and ornateness, he bares his musical soul. If there were such a thing as magic in the world, indeed, this is it."

Dave Franklin, U.K. Album Reviews

Although Mueller is mainly known as a jazz performer/composer and Broadway playwright (see Best of Tobin Mueller: Jazz, Fusion, Funk & more), solo piano is the more important aspect of his legacy. It is at the piano, alone, that Mueller has expanded the language of composition and music expression.

Tobin Mueller proves his originality, his inquisitiveness as a musician and thinker. His fluid, full throttle energy as a pianist is inspiring. 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. His compositional vocabulary and his prowess as a pianist are eloquent and elegant, lively and whimsical, provocative and inspirational by turns. Genius."

- Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, Fanfare Magazine

Mueller utilizes differing genres in unique, compelling ways, creating a distinctive style all his own. He effortlessly combines Modal Jazz and Post-Bop energy with Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist and contemporaory Classical techniques. He uses Blues articulations and strong melodic lines, yet his keyboard arrangements sometimes sound more like full-blown ensemble arrangements, complete with secondary and sometimes tertiary countermelodies. The result is breathtaking virtuosity, accomplished without showiness.

I am in awe of Tobin’s fearless pursuit of honesty and originality in his work. If you have his entire collection, you know he will not duplicate anything previously recorded! One of the most innovative minds creating music today. Challenging yet accessible, Mueller’s music is never predictable and always takes us someplace new and surprising."

- Kathy Parson, Mainly Piano

He has often described his music as "narrative" in nature. Every composition tells a story, often a deep and complex journey. His music is smart yet emotional, elegant and authentice. Surprising yet comforting. Every recording should be listened to multiple times to appreciate the depth of thought and skill displayed.

There is at least one special moment in each composition that is uniquely breathtaking. Sometimes several. Inventive chord progressions add to the musical language of both post-bop modal jazz and contemporary classical piano. His music is often virtuosic yet avoids showiness. Everything feels organic and true. He requires the listener to pay attention yet also frees them to go on internal imaginative tangents. Storytelling on a deeply poignant level infuses every piece, expressing a singular personal honesty while revealing universal emotions. A rarity."

George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Mueller acknowledges the great artists he counts among his influence: Keith Jarrett, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and John Taylor. His acoustic piano stylings fit into the contemporary jazz field with such talents as Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Liz Story, Gerald Clayton, David Lanz, Jim Brickman and Tigran Hamasyan. Mueller would be the first to acknowledge J. S. Bach, Frederich Chopin, Claude Debussy, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, as well.

A virtuosic pianist with a vivid imagination. Full of superior piano playing. Highly personal music that is well worth exploring."

- Scott Yarnow, Music Journal

This compilation will be followed by a collection of Tobin's interpretaive piano recordings in 2025: TOBIN MUELLER: Interpretations, an exploration of Mueller's best solo piano covers which will include unique arrangements of Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Hoagy Carmichael, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarret, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter more.

Photo on album cover taken by John Shyloski, Factory Underground Studios.

The Best of Tobin's Original Solo Piano Works
MP3s and Sources
Volume One
Tobin Mueller: At The Piano - Volume One
Ghostly Bells
— from Flow, disc 2
New England Suite, second movement

Every Night a World, Every Morning a Circus
— from Afterwords
solo piano edit;
inspired by John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath"

One Body of Man, a duet
— from What Survives - Radio Edits
Mueller / Schneider improvisation from "Creature" theme

Two Peas in a Chili Pod
— from 13 Masks
newly remaster version [timing issues]

Under A Western Sky
— from Morning Whispers
newly remastered version - extend final note longer;
inspired by Aaron Copland

Dignity, a Slow Dance
— from Afterwords, disc 1
originally titled Dignity; or, Collecting Scarves
solo piano edit

Time As Emergent Phenomenon
— from Of Two Minds, disc 2
Sonata of Quantum Entanglements, first movement

Selene, Eye of the Night
— from Instead of Heaven
Selene is goddess of the moon, eye of the night. She sees our dreams and nurtures them

Between Breaths
— from Morning Whispers
newly remastered version

River Ice
— from Flow, disc 2
New England Suite, first movement
[bring out melody more in final recap]

The Space Between Chaos and Shape
— from Afterwords, disc 1
piano-only version, minus spoken word overdub in middle

Learn Something
— from Afterwords Bonus Tracks
inpired by T. H. White's "The Once and Future King" [possible edit of runs 2/3s in?]

Volume Two
Tobin Mueller: At The Piano - Volume Two
Morpheus: Prelude to Emancipation
— from Instead of Heaven
Morpheus is the Greek god associated with sleep, dreams and changing shape

The Relentlessness of Chaos
— from 13 Masks and Morning Whispers
new performance combining elements of Chaos of the Subconscious and Sail On; previously unreleased

Curved Surface
— from Flow, disc 2
Suite: Flow, sixth movement;
[brighten intro]

Daedalus' Gift of Wings
— from Instead of Heaven
inspired by the story Daedalus and his son Icarus;
minimize ringing of loud high notes

Morning Whispers
— first released on Morning Whispers
newly remastered from "Morning Whispers Revisited", Afterwords Bonus Tracks

Reflections of Narcissus
— from Instead of Heaven
inspired by the story of Narcissus and Echo

The Gumshoe Wears A Rag
— from 13 Masks
newly remaster version

A Prayer for Keith Jarrett
new composition and performance previously unreleased

Instead of Heaven
— from Instead of Heaven
dedicated to the Greek poet Hesiod

— from Of Two Minds, disc 2
Sonata for Dreamers, third movement. [Extend chord before loud coda]

The Shape of Love
— from Afterwords, disc 2
remixed without spoken words [edits after melody completes]
inspired by William Faulkner's short story "Beyond"

A Prayer for Those Who Come After
new composition and performance previously unreleased

Tobin Composing Woodcut