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Standard Deviation (Tobin Mueller)

Standard Deviation (Tobin Mueller) by Tobin Mueller
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Tobin Mueller

Label: ArtsForge
Released: 2018
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Track Listing

Vol 1: God Bless the Child / What A Wonderful World, St. Louis Blues, Eleanor Rigby, Birdland / Long Distance Runaround, Moanin' / Blue Monk, After Hours / Monk's Point, Cool, Take Five, Straight, No Chaser, Take the "A" Train. Vol 2: Autumn Leaves / Ornithology, Stardust, Am I Blue / Summertime, Moon River / Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Georgia On My Mind, Sophisticated Lady, Fly Me To The Moon, The Way You Look Tonight / The Nearness of You, Secret Love, My Funny Valentine, It Don't Mean a Thing / Fascinating Rhythm / I Got Rhythm, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / People, Where Is Love, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square


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Additional Personnel / Information

Lamar Moore: percussion; Mike Nappi: percussion; Woody Mankowski: saxophone; Paul Nelson: guitar; Pat Wayland: guitar; Kenny Cash: electric bass

Album Description

Jazz, funk, fusion... "Another musical masterpiece from Mueller and crew! My top pick for 2018..." - Kathy Parsons An homage to the great Jazz Standards of the 20th century utilizing fresh arrangements, unique conceptual "deviations" and great players. Volume One highlights uptempo arrangements; Volume Two has quieter arrangements based on the ballads of the swing era. “Highly original and revealing. One of those recording gems that bears repeated attention, filled with rewards for those who accept the invitation.” - Carla Süllwold, Fanfare Magazine Although Tobin's acoustic grand is the central instrument (a third of the tracks are mainly piano), this is more an ensemble album interspersed with solo piano reveries. Instrumental guests include 3-time Grammy winning blues guitarist Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton) and Tobin's long-time collaborator saxophonist Woody Mankowski (The Muller's Wheel, Come In Funky, Rain Bather). Four tracks include percussionist Lamar A. Moore (Lettuce, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe) and six feature drummer Mike Nappi (J Geils Band, The Orion Experience). "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, Downbeat Magazine


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