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Standard Deviations

20th century jazz classics

reimagined by 

pianist and composer

tobin Mueller

Standard Deviations is an exploration of and an homage to the great Jazz Standards of the 20th century. These unique arrangements include fresh harmonic and conceptual "deviations". Some combine multiple tunes, letting one melody "deviate" into another, showing how many of these celebrated tunes are related to each another.

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Radio Focus Tracks

St. Louis Blues - "Woody Mankowski's jazz saxophone interjections, my organ and piano work, and the hip bass playing form the core. However, Grammy-winning Paul Nelson's electric guitar is the true centerpiece. The conversational nature of trading solos is grounded in the jazz tradition, but Paul's lead guitar transforms this multi-genre arrangement into a vintage blues piece."

Eleanor Rigby - "Dark harmonic chord substitutions create tension above the triplet rhythmic bed, my way of expressing the tragic expectation of joy behind McCartney’s lyrics. The emotional eruption during the climax frames the restraint of everything that comes before and after, as often happens in life."

Take the A Train - "Mercer Ellington (Duke's son) found a draft of Take the "A" Train in a trash can after Strayhorn had discarded it. It soon became the most famous composition to emerge from the historic collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and the Duke Ellington orchestra. The title refers to the then-new "A" subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan."

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"Tobin Mueller proves his originality, his inquisitiveness as a musician and a thinker, and his fluid, full throttle energy as a pianist. One continually has the sense that the piano is Mueller’s alter ego, and when he sits down to play, to arrange or improvise, he is engaging in an exciting dialogue of discovery with his inner self."- Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, Fanfare Magazine

"Another musical masterpiece from Mueller and crew! My top pick for 2018..."
- Kathy Parsons,

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