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Mueller, Tobin: 13 Masks-Solo Piano from the Chaos of the Subconscious

Solo Piano from the Chaos of the Subconscious is such a lofty subtitle for this whimsical and snappy record of jazz, classical and New-Age piano performed by veteran player Tobin Mueller perhaps best known for his work with Dave Brubeck and Janet Planet. Mueller calls the 13 songs on 13 Masks "progressive ragtime," and it's an accurate description. Taking influences from Thelonious Monk (one of the strongest and most imaginative pieces on here happens to be "A Monk Caught in a Thelonious Sphere"), as well as Brubeck, Scott Joplin and John Medeski, Mueller makes his piano sing taking it through a wave of emotions but almost always ending his charming and stylish music with a surge of positive notes. There's a reason the majority of the 13 masks displayed on the cover of this collection are smiling.


Track Listing:
1) You Make My Heart Skip A Beat
2) The Gumshoe Wears A Rag
3) Shadow of Success
4) Memories of Elegance
5) Stillness of Wings
6) Chaos of the Subconscious
7) Two Peas in a Chili Pod
8) A Monk Caught in a Thelonious Sphere
9) Chromatisome Swing
10) Holding Breath with Ophelia
11) Let Me Play With Those Horns, Amalthea
12) I Sail On (Into Deeper Waters)
13) The Last Mask Falls Away

Added: May 19th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
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Related Link: Official Tobin Mueller Web Site
Hits: 771
Language: dutch

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