One of the most prolific and gifted artists of the last few decades, Tobin Mueller has released over thirty-five albums, written a dozen musical plays, and composed over 500 songs, channelling his seemingly unlimited creativity into a body of work few artists can match. Having recorded with Grammy winners, award nominees, and countless talented musicians from across the world, Tobin is now sharing an expansive collection of his best work, simply titled 'The Best of Tobin Mueller'.
A five volume release that focuses on his contemporary jazz, funk, and fusion sounds, 'The Best of Tobin Mueller' is a masterpiece in modern sounds, collating all of Tobin's most impressive and acclaimed recordings from across his career. In Volume 1, Tobin delivers some of his best recordings, including songs like ‘Saddle Shoe Sally’ and ‘Secret of Life’, along with our personal favourite 'Struttin' Up Bourbon'. Elsewhere in the collection, Volume 2 reinterprets the greatest jazz standards; Volume 3 highlights his progressive rock jazz-fusion forays; Volume 4 is a collection of his best original vocal works; and Volume 5 focuses on his chill jazz, new age and late night offerings.
For the release, all tracks have been lovingly remastered, bringing the invigorating jazz sounds to full shine, while some tracks have been further remixed and edited, delivering new listening experiences that centre on additional instruments layered in and new versions released here for the first time. Focusing on the first volume of the anthology, the selection of Tobin's greatest works are an effortlessly showcase of his talents, plucked mostly from his three long-play double albums 'Standard Deviations', 'What Survives' and 'Wonder'.
Tobin's older work is represented in true form as well, with remixed versions of 'Come In Funky' featuring Ron Carter, 'The Muller's Wheel' featuring Woody Mankowski and others adding a further chapter to the journey through Tobin's career. There are a few surprises in store as well, with some tracks that were never released on any previous album making their stellar debut.
To date, the collection has seen well deserved praise from critics around the world, with Jazziz Magazine calling Mueller “one of the most diverse and talented jazz composers today. Contemporary jazz at its finest." All About Jazz adds, “Hip, serene, alluring, artistic, engaging. Mueller's arrangements entertain as they inspire. A true delight." Of his forays into rock and fusion, Progressive Magazine labels Volume 3 "a masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition," George W. Harris from Jazz Weekly saying it's "... a sonic kaleidoscope,' and Brian Gerhart of The Progressive Ear remarking, "A symphonic whirlwind of prog passion!”
Over the last few decades, the list of achievements and accolades for Tobin's music has been unprecedented, and with his diverse style, he has successfully composed for Broadway, film, ballet, youth education, and 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), Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche), 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. A true creative force, the best of collection is arguably one of the most complete, impressive, and powerful compilations of the last few years.
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