At The Piano, Vol. 1

Tobin Mueller

Genres: Jazz & Latin

At The Piano, Vol. 1
  • Released: January 9, 2024
  • 12 track(s)

TOBIN MUELLER: At The Piano is a collection of Tobin Mueller's best original piano recordings, performed by the composer, including three new compositions. All recordings have been remastered.

Although Mueller is mainly known as a jazz composer, arranger and performer (see the 5-volume Best of Tobin Mueller series), as well as a Broadway playwright, his solo work at the piano may be the more important aspect of his legacy. Mueller has expanded the language of composition and contemporary expression. His ability to synthesize different eras and styles into new creative inventions has helped advance the art of the keyboard.

As a solo pianist, Mueller utilizes differing genres in distinct, compelling ways, creating an exceptional style all his own. He effortlessly combines Modal Jazz and Post-Bop energy with Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist and contemporary classical techniques. His keyboard arrangements sometimes sound more like full-blown ensemble adaptations, complete with countermelodies and dense harmonies. His key changes and shifting time signatures are performed seamlessly. The result is remarkable virtuosity. 

Mueller has recorded with Grammy winners Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter, Michael Hedges, Donny McCaslin, Jon Anderson (from Yes), Brian Welch ("Head" from Korn), Carl Fischer, Sal Giorgianni, as well as Grammy nominees Dane Richeson (Blue Note Records), Ken Schaphorst (founding member of Boston-based Jazz Composers Alliance), Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche), Ruben de Ruiter (Amsterdam Funk Orchestra, John Patitucci Band) and more. He has collaborated with Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Paul Nelson on two albums, Prestidigitation and Standard Deviations. Early in his career, he had the honor of playing with Maynard Ferguson.

Mueller is counted as one of the founders of New Age music, although his stylings fit more precisely into the experimental post-bop modal jazz category. He stands alongside a contemporary jazz field that includes Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Gerald Clayton, David Lanz, Hiromi and Tigran Hamasyan.

The recordings were performed at Factory Underground Studio and produced by Kenny Cash.