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The Best of Tobin Mueller | Volumes 1-5
Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Prog, Original Works & Reinvented Standards

Best of Tobin Mueller Volumes 1-5
Volume 1 compilation released: January 17, 2023

Jump to:  Volume 1 - Originals  •  Volume 2 - Arrangements  •  Volume 3 - Prog-Fusion  •  Volume 4 - Vocals  •  Volume 5 - Chill

Best of Tobin Mueller is a 5-volume compilation of his best contemporary jazz, funk, fusion, and vocal recordings. Volume 1 includes his best original jazz ensemble and small combo recordings; Volume 2 presents his covers/arrangements; Volume 3 highlights his progressive rock jazz-fusion forays; Volume 4 is a collection of his best original vocal works; Volume 5 focuses on his chill jazz, new age and late night offerings. All tracks have been remastered, some have been remixed and edited, many contain additional instruments layered in, a few are completely new versions released here for the first time.

Tobin Mueller composes some of the freshest, well-crafted jazz tunes of the era. He adroitly combines post bop, fusion, funk and progressive Big Band in entertaining and unique ways. Woody Mankowski's skill on saxophone is a joy to experience, as are the contributions of bass legend Ron Carter. A highly anticipated collection..."

Dr. Jazz (Bob Cohen)

Many of the selections come from his three long-play double albums Standard Deviations, What Survives and Wonder. Remixed versions from his recent recording Prestidigitation are also included. Older recordings are represented, as well, such as Come In Funky (featuring Ron Carter), The Muller's Wheel (featuring Woody Mankowski) and others. A few tracks are new, never released on any previous album.

Nothing short of excellent. Tobin Mueller, who has performed across the entire spectrum of jazz, combines genres to recreate a fabulous assortment of jazz classics."

O's Place Jazz Magazine

Tobin Mueller has released over 35 albums in his career, written a dozen musical plays, composed over 500 songs. He's composed for Broadway, film, ballet, youth education, video games. He has recorded with Grammy winners Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter, Michael Hedges, Donny McCaslin, Jon Anderson (from Yes), Brian Welch ("Head" from Korn), Hall of Fame blues guitarist Paul Nelson, as well as Grammy nominees Dane Richeson (Blue Note Records), Ken Schaphorst, Entcho Todorov, Janet Planet and more. His albums have included contributions from drummers Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche), Lamar Moore (Lettuce), Mike Nappi (J. Geils Band) and countless other musicians from around the globe. Early in his career, he had the honor of playing with Maynard Ferguson.

Extremely impressive body of work from a one-of-a-kind artist. Amazing. Joyous. Vibrant. Fascinating."

Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

Note: This collection will not include Mueller's extensive solo piano recordings. These will be released in the upcoming 2-volume series: Tobin Mueller: At The Piano.

Jazz Originals
Jazz that takes you on a journey. Skillfully paced and plotted, this is a top notch experience for the instrumental music enthusiast..."

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Best of Tobin Mueller volume 1 cover
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Volume One
1.
Saddle Shoe Sally
[3:51]
*
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski, Fran Dagostino (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

2.
Forrest's Fire
[3:25]
*
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

3.
Cliff's Edge
[7:37]
remastered - feat. Doug Schneider, Woody Mankowski, Chris Mueller (original version on What Survives)

4.
Struttin' Up Bourbon
[6:44]
*
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski, Fran Dagostino (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

5.
Seafood Gumbo
[4:13]
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previously unreleased version - feat. Angela Hope, Woody Mankowski (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

6.
Frankenfanny
[3:34]
remastered - feat. Ron Carter, Woody Mankowski (original version on What Survives)
Featured on All About Jazz
Song of the Day: "Jazz, funk, hip hop & bop combine, featuring jazz legend Ron Carter."

7.
Prestidigitation
[6:38]
remastered - feat. Paul Nelson, Isaiah Schmidt, David DeJesus (original version on Prestidigitation)

8.
Secret of Life
[4:34]
remastered - feat. Bill Barner, Chris Mueller (original version on Rain Bather)

9.
Oasis On The Rocks
[3:21]
*
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski, Fran Dagostino, Dane Richeson (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

10.
Finding No Path
[7:52]
remastered - feat. Chris Mueller, Jeff Cox, Dane Richeson (original version on What Survives)

11.
The Long Sleep
[2:13]
remastered - feat. New Orleans Second Line Band (original version on Wonder)

12.
Müller's Wheel
[3:02]
*
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

13.
Must Go Back
[5:36]
remastered - feat. Chris Mueller, Jeff Cox, Dane Richeson (original version on Radio Edits)

14.
Lost in the West Village
[7:50]
*
extended version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

15.
Windowshade
[6:20]
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on Radio Edits)

16.
Caught In The Current
[4:29]
remastered - feat. Chris Mueller, Bill Barner, Martyn Kember-Smith, Dane Richeson (original version on What Survives)

17.
Hitchhiker Tales
[3:01]
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on (Come In Funky)

18.
Grandfather Clock
[1:51]
remastered - feat. Ron Carter (original version on (Come In Funky)

19.
Fusion of Minds
[8:10]
*
extended version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on The Muller's Wheel)

20.
Acid Hopping
[4:09]
previously unreleased version - feat. Carl Fischer, Sal Giorgoanni (original version on Rain Bather)

21.
I Wanna Fly
[2:26]
remastered - feat. Bob Levy, Woody Mankowski (original version on Rain Bather)

All works by Tobin Mueller, except:
 * music by Tobin Mueller & Woody Mankowski
 ∞ music by Tobin Mueller, Woody Mankowski & Ron Carter
 † lyrics by Angela Hope
 Produced by Kenny Cash
 Mastered at Factory Underground Studio
 Cover art by Jim Weidert
 ©2023 Tobin Mueller - All rights reserved
 Tobin Mueller is a member of ASCAP
 and The Dramatists Guild of America

The Players:
Tobin Mueller: acoustic piano, electric pianos, organ, vintage synths
Woody Mankowski: soprano, alto, tenor saxes
Bill Barner: clarinet; Sal Giorgoanni: flute
Dane Richeson: drums, percussion
Acoustic bass: Jeff Cox; electric bass: Butch Taylor
Guitar: Fran Dagostino, Paul Nelson, Richie Hart
Additional acoustic piano: Chris Mueller
Additional sax: Doug Schneider, Tom Washatka, Sal Giorgoanni, David DeJesus
Additional brass: Bob Levy, Carl Fischer: trumpet; Ken Shaphorst: flugelhorn
Additional drums: Joel Rosenblat, Isaiah Schmidt
Additional hand percussion: Ruben de Ruiter
Featured violin: Martyn Kember-Smith
Featured acoustic bass: Ron Carter
Featured vocals: Angela Hope

Tobin Mueller - Best Jazz Albums

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The Arrangements
An amazing jazz amalgam that showcases the great players Mueller records with. 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, Downbeat Magazine

Volume Two
1.
Take the "A" Train
[4:59]
by Billy Strayhorn;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Lamar Moore, Paul Nelson (original version on Standard Deviations)

2.
Superstition
[5:46]
by Stevie Wonder;
remastered - feat. Paul Nelson, David DeJesus, Mikie Martel, Ruben de Ruiter, Isaiah Schmidt (original version on Prestidigitation)

3.
Cool
[4:35]
by Leonard Bernstein;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Mike Nappi (original version on Standard Deviations)

4.
Watermelon Man
[5:20]
by Herbie Hancock;
remastered - feat. David DeJesus, Paul Nelson, Ruben de Ruiter (original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on All About Jazz
Song of the Day: "Fabulous new arrangement."

5.
Straight, No Chaser
[3:47]
by Thelonious Monk;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski, Mike Nappi (original version on Standard Deviations)

6.
Birdland / Long Distance Runaround
[6:23]
by Joe Zawinul / Jon Anderson;
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski, Lamar Moore (original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on All About Jazz
Song of the Day: "Could be the best Birdland cover ever recorded."

7.
God Bless the Child
[5:15]
by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on Standard Deviations)

8.
King Kong
[6:38]
by Frank Zappa;
remastered - feat. Mikie Martel, David DeJesus, Paul Nelson, Isaiah Schmidt (original version on Prestidigitation)

9.
Eleanor Rigby
[4:05]
by Lennon-McCartney;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski, Lamar Moore, Kenny Cash, Mike Nappi (original version on Standard Deviations)

10.
Moanin Monk
[4:55]
by Bobby Timmons / Thelonious Monk;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Paul Nelson, Mike Nappi (original version on Standard Deviations)

11.
What Is Hip
[5:59]
by Emilio Castillo, Stephen "Doc" Kupka;
remastered - feat. Paul Nelson, David DeJesus, Isaiah Schmidt (original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on All About Jazz
Video of the Day: "High energy, fresh arrangement. Spectacular."

12.
St. Louis Blues
[4:03]
by W. C. Handy;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Paul Nelson, Woody Mankowski, Lamar Moore (original version on Standard Deviations)

13.
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
[5:08]
by Sly Stone;
remastered - feat. Paul Nelson, Mikie Martel, Isaiah Schmidt (original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on All About Jazz
Song of the Day: "Hip, sleek funk-jazz."

14.
After Hours with Monk
[4:30]
by Avery Parish / Thelonious Monk;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski, Ugo Rossi (original version on Standard Deviations)

15.
Giant Steps
[2:35]
by John Coltrane;
remastered - feat. Bill Barner, Ruben de Ruiter (original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on All About Jazz
Song of the Day: "Inventive, romantic jazz waltz."

16.
Sorceress / One Step
[5:25]
by Lenny White / Chick Corea;
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski, Emily Rohm, Ruben de Ruiter, Isaiah Schmidt original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on All About Jazz
Video of the Day: "Sensuous, polyphonic jazz vocal medley. Magical."

17.
Stardust
[5:16]
by Hoagy Carmichael;
new version, previously unreleased - feat. Woody Mankowski (original version on Standard Deviations)

Bonus Vocal Tracks
18.
Frozen Man
[4:06]
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by James Taylor;
new version, previously unleased - brass by Mikie Martel (original version on Song of Myself)

19.
Show The Way
[4:03]
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by David Wilcox - additional lyrics by Tobin Mueller;
new version, previously unleased (original version on Hard Place To Find)

20.
Dignity
[7:27]
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by Bob Dylan;
remastered (original version on Song of Myself)

I’ve long been a fan of Tobin Mueller’s virtuoso piano playing and compositional genius, but hearing his weathered voice, compromised by illness, uncovers yet another level of interpretive skill. Wonderful.”

- Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, Fanfare Magazine

All arrangements by Tobin Mueller
 Recorded/mastered/produced by Kenny Cash
 at Factory Underground Studio
 ©2023 Tobin Mueller - All rights reserved

The Players:
Tobin Mueller: acoustic piano, electric pianos, organ, vintage synths, basses, vocals
Paul Nelson: electric guitar
Woody Mankowski: soprano, alto, tenor saxes
David DeJesus: alto, tenor, baritone saxes
Mikie Martel: trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone
Hand percussion: Ruben de Ruiter, Lamar Moore
Drums: Isaiah Schmidt, Mike Nappi, Lamar Moore, Ugo Rossi
Additional bass: Kenny Cash
Featured vocalese: Woody Mankowski, Emily Rohm

JAZZ Volume 2 collage

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Volume Three: Original Prog-Fusion
A symphonic whirlwind of prog passion! Led by the massive keyboards of Tobin Mueller, dense harmonies and contributions from the likes of Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche) and guitarist Bob Piper (Pleaides), this is a true combination of energy and poetry. The music flows from idea to idea like birds winging from tree to tree. You will return to this collection time and time again.”

- Brian Gerhart, The Progressive Ear

Part 1: The Songs
1.
Rebellion Is A Lullaby
[6:14]
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remastered - feat. Anton Mueller, Darren Chapman, Scott Rockenfield (original version on Wonder)

2.
Speak Truth To Power
[4:42]
Play button Download                               [lyrics included w/ mp3]
remastered - feat. Darren Chapman, Anton Mueller, Rob Thurman (original version on Audiocracy)

3.
When The Future Comes
[7:38]
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remastered - feat. Anton Mueller, Bob Piper, Rob Thurman (original version on Wonder)

4.
Puzzle City
[2:28]
Play button Download                               [lyrics included w/ mp3]
remastered - feat. Bob Piper, Anton Mueller, Scott Rockenfield (original version on Wonder)

5.
Gethsemane Revisted
[4:29]
Play button Download                               [lyrics included w/ mp3]
remastered - feat. Anton Mueller (original version on Wonder)

6.
Dare To Sing
[6:38]
*
Play button Download                               [lyrics included w/ mp3]
remastered - feat. Anton Mueller, Tadashi Togawa, Darren Chapman (original version on Audiocracy)

7.
Hold On To The Thread Of Love
[4:27]
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remastered - feat. Mikie Martel, Martyn Kember-Smith (original version on A Bit Of Light)

8.
Forge A New Life
[7:46]
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remastered - feat. Norman Goodman (original version on If I Could Live Long Enough)

9.
Crazy Story
[5:27]
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remastered - feat. Donnay McCaslin, Thor Oliverson (original version on A Bit Of Light)

10.
My Heart Still Beats
[6:03]
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remastered - feat. Supa Manta, Thor Oliverson, Carl Fischer, Sal Giorgianni, Suzanne DelTufo (original version on A Bit Of Light)

11.
When You Awake To Me
[2:19]
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remastered - feat. Emily Rohm (original version on What Survives)

12.
Bring The Fire
[8:05]
remastered - feat. Jessica Flood, Tim Cunningham [from the musical Creature (Frankenstein Reviseted)]

13.
To Die Awake
[4:06]
Play button Download                               [text included w/ mp3]
remastered - feat. Gregory DelTufo (original version on Puzzle People)

14.
What Survives
[6:34]
remastered - feat. Woody Mankowski, Dane Richeson, Chris Mueller (original version on Radio Edits)


A masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition.”

- Progressive Magazine

Part 2: The Instrumentals
15.
Prestidigitation
[6:38]
remastered - feat. Paul Nelson, David DeJesus, Isaiah Schmidt (original version on Prestidigitation)

16.
Contemporary Insanity
[3:34]
remastered - feat. Paul Nelson, David DeJesus (original version on Prestidigitation)
Featured on Stereo Bangers . "A truly impressive work of art!"

17.
Chaos Is A Ladder
[5:37]
remastered - original version on Wonder

18.
Let The Rumpus Begin
[2:35]
**
remastered - feat. Lennon Loveday (original version on Wonder)

19.
Ascent of Awe
[5:36]
remastered - feat. Steve Stone (original version on Wonder)

20.
Escaping the Fray Zone
[9:31]
instrumental version - feat. Bob Piper (original version on Audiocracy)

21.
Whale Talk
[4:50]
previously unreleased

22.
Toyland Fantasy
[4:02]
remastered - feat. Jim Edwards (original version on Midwinter Born)


All music & lyrics by Tobin Mueller, except:
 * by Tobin Mueller & Anton Mueller
 † by Tobin Mueller & Bob Piper
 ∞ by David Rosenthal (Happy the Man)
 ** by Tobin Mueller & Lennon Loveday
 Produced by Kenny Cash
 at Factory Underground Studio
 ©2023 Tobin Mueller - All rights reserved

The Players:
Tobin Mueller: acoustic piano, electric pianos, organ, vintage synths, basses, vocals
Anton Mueller: vocals, electric bass
Guitars: Bob Piper, Darren Chapman, Paul Nelson, Tadashi Togawa, Thor Oliverson, Jim Edwards, Norman Goodman, Lennon Loveday, Steve Stone
Drums: Scott Rockenfield, Rob Thurman, Isaiah Schmidt
Additional bass: Thor Oliverson
Saxes: Donny McCaslin, David DeJesus, Woody Mankowski
Trumpet: Carl Fischer, Mikie Martel
Flute: Sal Giorgianni
Spoken word: Gregory DelTufo, Suzanne DelTufo
Additional vocals: Emily Rohm, Jessica Flood, Tim Cunningham, Woody Mankowski, Supa Manta

Tobin Mueller - Best Prog Albums

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Volume Four: Adult Contemporary Vocals
01. When I Sing (If I Could Live Long Enough)
02. Before There Were Gods (Wonder)
03. Be My Love (A Bit Of Light)
04. Turn It Around [added brass] (If I Could Live Long Enough)
05. Icarus (A Bit Of Light)
06. Was There Once A Time [added vocalese] (If I Could Live Long Enough)
07. Let Me Play [fix glitch] (A Bit Of Light)
08. Pilgrim of the Great Return (If I Could Live Long Enough)
09. What Is This Touch (previously unreleased)
10. Door In My Heart [added brass] (A Bit Of Light)
11. Can't Complain [new edit] (A Bit Of Light)
12. The Waitress [new hand percussion] (A Bit Of Light)
13. Lucky Boy (previously unreleased)
14. I Will Love (September 11 Project)
15. New Holy Land (September 11 Project)
16. When You Left (A Bit Of Light)
17. What Thou Lovest Well (If I Could Live Long Enough)
18. If I Could Live Long Enough (If I Could Live Long Enough)
19. I Have Dreamed In Another [added brass] (A Bit Of Light)
20. Final Words (A Bit Of Light)
21. Pull Me Home (Wonder)
22. Let Yourself Dream [new hand percussion] (Wonder)
23. Loolay Lullaby (Wonder)

BONUS (from Broadway shows):
24. Walls [from Robin Hood] (Best of The CenterStage Years)
25. Here, For A Moment [from Robin Hood] (Best of The CenterStage Years)
26. I Am One Voice [from Creature] (Best of The CenterStage Years)

BONUS (composer demos from Runners In A Dream):
27. Dreams [previously unreleased - sung by composer]
28. I Can't Sleep [previously unreleased - sung by composer]
29. Never So Frightened/In Just Moments [previously unreleased - sung by composer]
30. The Letter [previously unreleased - sung by composer]
31. Wind At My Back [previously unreleased - sung by composer]
32. Runners In A Dream [previously unreleased - sung by composer]

Tobin Mueller - Best Vocal Albums

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Volume Five: Chill
Instrumentals:
01. Come In Funky (Come In Funky)
02. Waltzing Night Into Day [new edits] (What Survives)
03. First Contact [new composition]
04. Distortion Of Memory (The Muller's Wheel)
05. Falling Through the Clouds [new hand percussion] (Come In Funky)
06. River Runs Through Me (Radio Edits)
07. Rubber Submarine Dreams [new hand percussion] (Come In Funky)
08. Island Lost In Time (Come In Funky)
09. Moon River / Somewhere Over The Rainbow [edit] (Standard Deviations)
10. Blue Tats (Come In Funky)
11. What I Was Thinking While You Were Talking (Wonder)
12. I Won't Leave You [instrumental] (Wonder)
13. The Way You Look Tonight / The Nearness of You [new organ] (Standard Deviations)
14. No Place Like Home [new hand percussion] (Song of Myself)
15. Where Is Love? (Puzzle People)
16. Somewhere Over The Rainbow [new edit] (Standard Deviations)

Vocals:
17. Dreams [feat. Aaron Paul] (Wonder)
18. America (Prestidigitation)
19. The Cigarette (Puzzle People)
20. A Promise (Radio Edits)
21. Last Call (September 11 Project)
22. Shelter From The Storm (Hard Place To Find)
23: Danny Boy (Song of Myself)
24. Someone Else's Sky (Runners In A Dream)
24. I Won't Leave (Creature)
25. When You Awake to Me (Dreams) feat. Woody Mankowski (What Survives)

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Tobin Mueller - a retrospective
Tobin Mueller's Jazz Collection
Tobin Mueller's Jazz Collection
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Jazz / Big Band / Funk
Prestidigitation
Best of Tobin Mueller, Volumes 1-2 - First two volumes of his 5-volume compilation, presenting Mueller's best Contemporary Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Blues, and more. A stunning collection featuring such greats as Ron Carter, Donny McCaslin, Paul Nelson, Dane Richeson, Scott Rockenfield, and Woody Mankowski. Mueller is front and center on piano, B3 organ, vintage keys. "Nothing short of excellent. Mueller has performed across the entire spectrum of jazz, creating a fabulous assortment of classics."
Prestidigitation
Prestidigitation - The best of Contemporary Jazz Fusion. Mueller's all-star band takes on Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, Weather Report, Stevie Wonder, Bill Evans, Tower of Power and more. Featured soloists: Paul Nelson (Grammy-winning guitarist), David Dejesus (Birdland Jazz Band director), Ruben de Ruiter (John Patitucci Band), Woody Mankowski (What Survives)... "A jazz-fusion tour de force. Each spin and turn opens the door to a new interpretive wrinkle that is sure to delight."
What Survives - Radio Edits cover
What Survives - Radio Edits - Jazz - Remastered Radio Edits of the best tracks from What Survives - Volumes 1 & 2. Fresh and spontaneous yet expertly crafted arrangements. Contemporary Jazz at its finest. Ensemble includes: Woody Mankowski, Ron Carter, Bill Barner, Doug Schneider, Tom Washatka, Ken Schaphorst, Bob Levy, Dane Richeson, Martyn Kember-Smith and Tobin’s nephew Chris Mueller. CD contains 15 tracks; digital version includes 3 Bonus Tracks.
Standard Deviations cover
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."
Come In Funky cover
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
The Muller's Wheel cover
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.
Rain Bather cover
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.
WONDER cover
WONDER - progressive rock/pop Jazz 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.
Mickey Spleen cover
Mickey Spleen Save the Day - Jazz Musical Theatre. This delightful recording is Mueller's educational children's musical about the human body, health and the immune system. It features his CenterStage youth Theatre Troupe performing his film noir who-done-it musical comedy. Characters include Mickey Spleen, Vinny Virus, The Lymphette Sisters and the GI Guys. Mueller wrote 8 children's musicals, but this is the only all-jazz score.
SOLO PIANO JAZZ
Instead of Heaven cover
Instead of Heaven - Contemplative piano meditations, all original compositions using Greek myth as inspiration. 10-tracks forms a lyrical song cycle, a spiritual journey both emotional and intellectual. Melds modal post-bop, Contemporary Romanticism, Jazz Impressionism and New Age styles. Influences include: Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Michel Camilo, as well as Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff. "Uniquely breathtaking, adding to the musical language of contemporary piano." George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
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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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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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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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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Instead of Heaven - Mueller follows his upbeat jazz ensemble album What Survives with a series of contemplative piano meditations. All original compositions using Greek myth as inspiration, this 10-track album forms a lyrical song cycle, a spiritual journey of both emotional and intellectual content. Melds modal post-bop, Romanticism, Jazz Impressionism and New Age styles. Influences include: Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Michel Camilo, as well as Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff. "Each composition is breathtaking, adding to the musical language of both modal post-bop jazz and neo-classical piano." George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
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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 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...
Prestidigitation
Prestidigitation - Contemporary Prog Fusion. Mueller's all-star band takes on Frank Zappa, Yes, Happy the Man, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone and more. Featured soloists: Paul Nelson (Grammy-winning guitarist), David Dejesus (Birdland Jazz Band director), Ruben de Ruiter (John Patitucci Band), Woody Mankowski (What Survives)... "A jazz-fusion tour de force. Each spin and turn opens the door to a new interpretive wrinkle that is sure to delight."
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Audiocracy - progressive rock - A post-political neo-prog concept album. Tobin Mueller: vocals, keyboards; Twøn: vocals, bass; Darren Chapman: guitars; Bob Piper/Tadashi Togawa: guitars; Rob Thurman: drums. "A symphonic whirlwind of passion and sensations. With their tight, gorgeous arrangements, the songs used every hertz of my sound system. The album flows from idea to idea like birds winging from tree to tree. I predict you will return to this album time and time again, gaining new insight, just like I did." - Progressive Magazine.
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 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."
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What Survives - Radio Edits - Jazz - Remastered Radio Edits of the best tracks from What Survives - Volumes 1 & 2. Fresh and spontaneous yet expertly crafted arrangements. Contemporary Jazz at its finest. Ensemble includes: Woody Mankowski, Ron Carter, Bill Barner, Doug Schneider, Tom Washatka, Ken Schaphorst, Bob Levy, Dane Richeson, Martyn Kember-Smith and Tobin’s nephew Chris Mueller. CD contains 15 tracks; digital version includes 3 Bonus Tracks.
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The Muller's Wheel - Contemporary Combo Jazz - Remastered as "Müller's Wheel," this jazz ensemble recording takes you on a joyous history of instrumental jazz from acoustic fusion to bop, 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.
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Puzzle People - Love and loss, joy and betrayal, courage and perserverence define this spoken word offering. Each poem selected is accompanied by Mueller's original music that ranges from jazz to fusion to pop prog. The force and color of Del's readings earn this collection a high recommendation, but the synergy of Tobin's breathtaking music make this a truly compelling addition to Mueller's collected works. The CD includes 3 instrumental tracks as well.
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 to rock anthems, this music informs, inspires, entertains and satisfies.
Tobin's Standards Collection
Prestidigitation
Prestidigitation - Jazz Fusion Standards. Mueller's all-star band takes on Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Frank Zappa, Weather Report, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, more. Featured soloists: Paul Nelson (Grammy-winning guitarist), David Dejesus (Birdland Jazz Band director), Ruben de Ruiter (John Patitucci Band), Woody Mankowski (What Survives)... "A jazz-fusion tour de force. Each spin and turn opens the door to a new interpretive wrinkle that is sure to delight."
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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
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.

*Available directly from Tobin Mueller. Contact him for more information.