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This is the extended version of a tune from the recording sessions for my jazz ensemble CD "Rain Bather." This track runs 10:64. The edited version that was released on the album runs 6:23 and is a better than this version, which kind of rambles on too long, which is why we edited it down. But I think this original shows more give and take between players and gives more of a reason why it was eventually title Acid Hopping. The track includes HipHop rhythms, a Headhunters funk feel, and some killer horn soloing. The moments I love more than the others are when the solos shift and the guys really grab the spotlight. Great fun to play with guys like this. On this track, my own bits of solo come across more like mere accompaniment, in comparison.

I'm sharing this track in celebration of having Rain Bather award "Album of the Year" for 2009 by the Midwest jazz site Jazz Chicago.net. It is a 13-track 80-minute long play CD featuring some astounding people, both as players and as human beings.

This track also marks my 100th track posted on MacJams since I joined back in the beginning!

"Acid Hopping" isn't really indicative of what is on the rest of the album, which is either more acoustic sounding or has a bigger band feel. But I thought the MJ community might get a kick out of hearing it. Those of you who have the CD will be able to compare and note the improvements, and what is left out.

This track features: Tobin Mueller - B3 organ, synths, electric piano
Sal Giorgianni - flute & tenor sax
Carl Fischer - trumpet
Richie Hart - electric guitar

Other drafts and pre-mixes from Rain Bather posted on MJ:

RAIN BATHER draft mixes on MJ:
I Wanna Fly
Caught In The Current (feat. Bill Barner & Martyn Kember-Smith)
Lightning Strikes
Finding No Path
Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket
Last Song On Vaudeville (feat. Bill Barner)

If you would like to purchase a copy of the CD, which is pressed on a cool disc that looks like a mini-LP, feel free to contact me, or see:
Rain Bather on CDBbay
Rain Bather on iTunes

Thanks to the MJ members who played on this album, Martyn Kember-Smith (Komrade K) and Bill Barner, and all the embers that help critique early mixes, etc.
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DWL said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Impressive
It's another level Tobin. Wonderful playing and I rather like the loose feel here.

Cheers

Dick


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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Loose feel
Thanks. My jazz recordings all have a looser feel. Altho I do go in and fix certain timing issues, when I can, using either ProTools (if I'm using someone else's studio), Logic or Live. Sometimes I cut and paste sections of a player's solo and move it to a new place or repeat a lick to fill in spaces. But I always try and keep a live feel, a first run-thru fresh sense. Thanks for enjoying it.
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thetiler said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
I can hear your style in this
right away. Nice jazz swagger. Cool struttin, things a sounding like really funky clockwork.
This is a lot of fun to hear. Love how everything seems systematic. Like a funky factory is the best way to explain it. Love how the percussion is not overpowering like in so many pieces of music I hear. The sax really has a lot of sass and the organ sounds so fitting. The instrumentation is really is quite fitting. The high point seems to be the sax. He really is quite good. Everybody is on this!

A real Jazz treat !

Thanks for sharing !

Good luck too with this, sounds like already you making GREAT in-roads.

Thanks so much for being such a great part of MJ !
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Funky clockwork
In an effort to find a sound I haven't tried before, I attempted to add a hip-hop feel to a few tracks, this track being the most obviously influenced by those rhythms. Yes, the sax is a highlight, and a few extremely cool moments from the trumpet, especially when he used the plunger after taking off the mute. The flute is what felt the axe, ended up on the cutting room floor. But the flute had its best moments in Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket. Thanks for hearing the positive side of this overly long version! The guys could play all night, 10 minutes is over before you know it when playing, not so much when listening...!
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that80sboy said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
congrats
congrats on your award ....pretty impressive since chicago is quite the village...haha....cool organ and synths on this imo....keep it up!
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Chicago
Yes, Chicago is a wonderful music city. Easy to forget about the rest of the world when living near New York City. But my roots are Midwest. So many great players there. Thanks for hearing the organ and synth, instead of letting them slip under as mere accompaniment.
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MarkHolbrook said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Congrats Tobin
Outstanding work. Recognized as it should be!
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Thanks
Thanks. It was a total surprise. Great fun. Definitely a spirit lifter.
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jiguma said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
As expected
this is quite amazing Tobin. Your posts here are always top shelf an technically perfect, so it's usually a matter of "like or not like" the style of what you're doing. Personally, this manages to roll a few of my favourite musical things into one track - especially the B3. There seem to be some audio glitches in the mp3 - it kind of stalls sonically but not rhythm-wise.
I really appreciate the input you've had at MJ - your personal support for what I'm doing has been very much appreciated - even more so every time I hear what an accomplished player/writer/arranger you are.
Cheers,
Neil
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
15MB+
Thanks, Neil. I have truly enjoyed you journey as a recording artist. Your writing is always so strong, I wanted to add my voice to the dozens of others that shared their experience and expertise in this relatively new medium of home recording.

This mp3 is kind of long, which may cause problems (15.5 MB), but it doesn't have any stalling glitchs when I listen to it on my computer. However, there are moments when the drive of the track does stall, perhaps, if that's what you mean, which is another thing we tried to address by cutting 4 minutes from the original, including a few less than stellar transitions. The track on the CD is much improved, even tho some sax and flute (mostly) moments were dropped. Still, this track is mostly about sonic motion, shifting ambience, and with sudden blasts of personality and riffing. I am prouder of the actual writing/arranging on most of the other tracks on the CD; this track is more about color and motion. But that made it fun in its own place. In my quest for trying to be hip, which is quite in vain in my case, I tried this style. As the review from JazzChicago.net said, it makes me smile when I listen.

I appreciate your support that you share with so many others, too. Thanks for not forgetting.
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Feter said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Acid Hopping
When the track started I heard this drum machine
and I was like hmmm this is ' new ' concept you
are using here ...then the Magic B3 came and ye
the groove started amazing line age off course ..
the hidden like elect-piano is just wonderful ..
just so creative and the people done justice to
your piece ..I m just in an awe that you are
among us ...(who did the bass here ?) ..kudos
thnx alot for sharin such Art !!!!
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Juxtaposing genres
Thanks. I think mixing genres, especially when jazz players get involved, brings new life to music. I am easily bored and dislike playing the same thing too often, a restless musical soul, so trying this sort of thing is important to try and learn something new from the new style. Thanks for letting the changes flow over you. I truly appreciate your support of so many genres and experiments.
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Bob6stringer said 2868 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Trumpet vs. B3; who will rule the earth?
I just previewed all the songs in iTunes and expect I'll buy it. This tune and "Seven Buttons" seem to jump out and grab me most, partly for the fat, funky bottom and partly because the rhythm is very accessible to the jazz noob. I've fallen out of a lot of the jazz listening I used to do, but you may yet bring me back to that listening habit. (My guitar chops won't take me there, sad to say.)

Carl's trumpet in particular cuts a great counterpoint to that mad-science you've got going on the B3. You weren't kidding when you said "extended mix!" Thanks, Tobin.
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Count Basie
Way cool. Both those tracks were to be dropped from the project, and I fought to have them included, in part for the very reason you suggest, that the non-jazz listener might find them as the entry point for the other tunes. One of the reasons we had to cut out minutes from a few tracks, including this one (that actually needed cutting, by the way). Thank you for investigating the album. If you want more info on who plays on each track, etc., let me know. I can send you all the stuff.

And when it comes to players vs organ, I always try and let the player win. I took Count Basie as my idol with this group, how he as band leader always let his players shine, adding only a few note and moments here and there to share his half-sentences and hip phrases. Its also a nice break from solo piano performance that requires constant thinking. I try not to think when I play organ, just let my fingers flit about, let the textures of the organ support the groove. Thanks for mentioning the trumpet, cuz that is what sells the track for me. I was going to say that in the description, but didn't want to prejudice people, and figured most would hear the sax. But Carl's blowing is what makes my heart beat faster in this tune, brings out the cool factor for me. Thanks for noticing.
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crissew said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Very cool
vibe on this one. Very nice work. That flute is just jamming. The mix of styles is very interesting. you actually may be able to rap over this track if you wanted to. Now that could be crazy.
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TobinMueller said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Flute
If you like the flute in this, check out the playing in the early draft versions of Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket: http://www.macjams.com/song/42073 . If you want to try and rap over this, please give it a try. Feel free to cut it up any way you want to. Way cool idea.
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magnatone said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
wowza
first of all Tobin, congrats on your award! That is SO cool! secondly, THIS is jazz I can relate to! it's very inventive, adventurous and exceedingly interesting, while still being accessible and without sounding arbitrary. this is just so impressive in every imaginable way - thanks for uploading this extended version!
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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
THIS is jazz I can relate to!
Thanks. So nice to see your smiling peering from your little icon. Your encouragement and personal elegance is wonderful to have around this place. I'm glad you found this accessible. Frankly, I think MJers have much more open minds than most about this sort of thing. With everyone's reactions, I beginning to wonder if I should have edited this down...
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I.G.M. said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Impressive
Your work here is amazing, I hear some Jim Beard, is this right? :o)
Congrats on the award, it`s high time!!
Thanks a lot for your support over the years, much appreciated!!

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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
Jim Beard
I never thought of that, but I can hear what you mean. Always thought of him as slightly more mainstream, but the way he puts different sounds together is definitely in the same vein. And he did use hiphop sound in At The Glee Club and a few other instances. I love his flute player too. Thanks for reminding me of him. I love his Holodeck Waltz, like a film score. I've always wanted to play jazz with a string quartet too, get that extra production quality in there. Now I'm getting ideas for our next project...
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packosmokes said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
100th track!
Time sure flies, eh?

Having been away for awhile, I don't think I've ever heard this side of your musical arsenal. Groovy and funky... gotta' say I dig that flute solo quite a bit! Would've loved a part where your organ was front and center, dropping the horns to really soak up that organ... but that could be cos I love the sound of riffing on an organ. ;)
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TobinMueller said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Groovy flute
Glad you liked the flute. That's one of the main reasons I wanted to share this version that keeps all his playing intact. The released version cuts most of his solo. My own soloing is mainly on electric piano in this one, which is muted becuz of the mellow patch I was using and also the drive expressed in the horns overshadows the laid back soloing I was doing. The electric piano solo was also cut from the release. Nice to see you back at MJ, by the way!
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awigze said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
Acid Hopping
Now, that's worth some money! Congrats Tobin on your 100th as well as the recognition. Sal's blowin has me all intimidated now... : ) Love the way Fischer's trumpet solo has that big room sound! Everyone did a great job.
you are blessed!
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TobinMueller said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
100th
Funny thing, but as I listen to this streamed mp3 against the version of the AIFF in my iTunes playist, the flute sounds like that part of the mix is kind of muted, like the reverbed part of the mix came thru but the raw flute didn't so much. Weird. Oh well, at least the the CD version has more equalized levels.

Thanks for the comments. Yes, this is my 100th song, even tho my profile page still says 99, is stuck in 2 digits. Now I'm a three digit player!
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FlatRock2 said 2867 days ago (January 13th, 2010)
right on
Love the tones and feel of this! A muted horn always grabs me, and the B3 the same. Nice stuff Tobin!
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TobinMueller said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Mutes
I dig the muted trumpet too. And the plunger wah sound. When he switches away from the mute and uses that plunger, man, I love that moment. (Actually, it was a separate take.) Thanks for listening.
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Ed Hannifin said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
This is really neat, Tobin...
I'm not a huge jazz listener, and so not the most intelligent commenter... I can say that I really like it when soloing is supported by a funky, rhythmically interesting base... The soloing here sounds loose and real, and not 'scripted' to my ears... Great recording, and great phrasing and tone from all concerned... Nothing sounds off, and yet it doesn't sound canned or sterile.... Lot of life... The mix sounds open and airy, but full and well rounded... Love the 'trades' between the horn players...

Continued congratulations about the reception being given to the album, and thanks for posting this extended version... I LIKE extended versions...

Ed
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TobinMueller said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
I LIKE extended versions...
Right, me too. Totally love the whole indulgent musician's moment when there are only green lights and no closing times. Thanks for your comments about not sounding sterile. I always tell my players to shy away from scales or riffs that come from finger exercises, I love a sense of melody or personality in every riff. I'm very happy you found it fresh. Much appreciated.

Music is this hard-to-describe balance between transitory improvisation and schooled crafting. Even when you're sitting at the piano writing stuff out onto staff paper. Like codifying momentary inspiration while trying to make it sound like in-the-moment inspiration. I'm glad you felt the freshness... Its a tough thing to hear after you've listened to a track 100 times!
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timothy devine said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
OMG Tobin
Ty Ty Ty
Sax!trumpet,flute n keys all superb
u familiar with 'on the corner'?
in that album cover one character holds a radio
in your version i picture a character holding what ever we will listen to music on next
like a hologram of you band on his sholder
cookin

guttural and street wise sounding
a great funk here

may b just me but i kind of wonder if i want to here a shorter cut / the end just cooks and boils up man
i would love see this going down
peace
tm
ty again

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TobinMueller said 2866 days ago (January 14th, 2010)
Shorter version
Thanks. The shorter version is still over 6 minutes long. most of the stuff is cut from middle sections. I know what you mean, tho. But after many listens, I truly think the shorter version is better. But, then again, if we hadn't've made the cuts, it would've been dropped from the album. Yeah, I love the boiling up aspect; that's just what it felt like when playing.
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ThePinealTrip said 2865 days ago (January 15th, 2010)
nice
very cool cat
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falcef said 2864 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Acid Hopping
Salve haaaaaaa ok jazz a Miles Davis music trumete and sax e flute good. sound ok bye
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moorlandt said 2864 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
cool horny blowjob
A jazz tune with a hip-hop beat, talking about a blend... Man, I love this to bits and pieces. Adoring the little dialogue overlaps between the instruments (espacially the sax and muted trumpet starting somewhere in the middle), and what a craftsmanship on those blowers. 10+ mins of pure and creamy delicatesse.
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TobinMueller said 2862 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
dialogue overlaps
Thanks. Jazz is about communication. Even tho most of my album relies on arranged thru style composition, unlike most jazz albums today (that rely on stating themes and then improvising that comprises the majority of the time on each track), there are great moments of personality driven riffs and short conversations that create a sense of coherence. They players aren't merely conversing with each other, but with the piece as a whole. Its part of what makes playing jazz so appealing. thanks for highlighting that aspect. In fact, when that sense of dialogue is replaced by a monologue type internal solo, that is when a solo can turn into ramblings that might be cut and pasted into any number of different jazz songs. I really like solos that cohere because they are so contextual, so relative to a specific piece, in melody/harmonics and in arrangement style. I think that is where this piece is saved from the overly-rambling camp, by the wonderful dialogues that are set up throughout.
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Diviner said 2864 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Nice Listen
Loved all the elements in this track, very enjoyable. I don't mind the length of the track, it sweeps along nicely.
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TobinMueller said 2862 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
don't mind length
Thanks. I had to cut the length merely to fit it on the album, otherwise it would've been dropped entirely. But I really think it coheres better, and that specific solo entrances are made more dramatic by shortening some of the transitional sections. But the amount of cool moments left on the cutting room floor gnawed at me these past months, so I'm really glad I am sharing the original length, and very appreciative that it is getting such a welcoming reception.
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jesushairdo said 2864 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
Congratulations!
hi Tobin-san. Big congratulations on your success with your album.
I'm not much of a jazz listener but it sure sounds lots of fun.
i particularly loved the sax solos and sweet sweet e piano!

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TobinMueller said 2862 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
electric piano
Glad you like the electric piano. As I worked on this album, I became more and more a single-note player, treating the piano and organ like a single-note horn and less like a wide chord piano keyboard. I think thats one of the reasons the reviewers found the sound different. But I found it liberating. (Its a lot easier to play one note.) But then that one note became a way to hint at complex chordal changes, as opposed to defining them outright. So it started digging the whole thing. Its changed the way I play acoustic piano, a bit. The arrangement I'm working on right now utilizes much longer one-note-at-a-time acoustic piano lines than I've ever used. Maybe it'll usher in a new era of simpler arrangements for me. I'm glad you dug the e piano here. I worry that it was too understated.
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scofugate said 2864 days ago (January 16th, 2010)
B3 Nut
Wow, This is great musicianship!! Loving the B3!! medeski scofield martin and wood vibe going on!! Amazing performance!
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TobinMueller said 2862 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
Medeski
Thanks for linking this to Medeski, one of my role models. Nothing I've done has ever reached his level of rawness, primal explosiveness, hipness. He plays such a mean organ, man, it tears you open. I'm a B3 lightweight in comparison, far more controlled, and prone to use quirky and less distorted settings, but I try to be hip, look to those players you mention to keep striving. I'm more comfortable playing progressive rock on the organ than jazz. But I have these jazz thoughts in my head...
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fasteddie said 2862 days ago (January 18th, 2010)
What the funk?
Awesome funky jazz! Man you guys really tear it up! Excellent keys Tobin. Sal plays one mean flute and sax. The horns and guitar ain't lacking by any means either. I dig it man!
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Einarus said 2860 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Very professional
My first comment in just over 5 months and I have nothing to say beside the fact that I loved it.

The quality of the performances and the production is just excellent. My head was bobbing for the whole 11 minutes!

And congratulations on the award!

-Einar S.
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TobinMueller said 2860 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Bobbing head
Thanks. I'm a big fan of head bobbing. Thanks for joining into the whole bobbing thing. Sometimes head bobbing is my main form of exercise in a day. And thanks for commenting. I'm thrilled you did. The quality of your spirit-expanding music was always something I looked forward too. Hope you join into the 2010 Reunion Fest and more. Btw, I totally dig that video you did with your brother in Vancouver. Very fun.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2860 days ago (January 20th, 2010)
Love the b3 stabs and single note lines!
And your partners-in-crime aren't too shabby either. I'm intrigued by how you integrated the loop-ish rhythm tracks with the very organic and human playing. Haven't heard your CD version (yet) but this is great!!
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TobinMueller said 2859 days ago (January 21st, 2010)
Organic humans
Thanks for listening. The rhythmic style of this track is only used on 3 or 4 tracks of my 13 track CD. Mostly the drumming is live alongside the other players, which is always a pain, since the drums bleed into every track and make cuts and pastes and redos difficult, yet important, since it is how we'd play the thing in real life... all at once. When using a live drummer, he played with the band in a choral room at Lawrence University and sat behind a glass space divider, like a plexiglass cubical, but was still loud enough to bleed into everything. On this track, the drums were all programmed or looped with my initial keys and the other players added on, 1 or 2 at a time, using a small studio in NYC that didn't have a space for a drummer.
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filmscoremike said 2858 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Happy 100th!
Very cool. I don't listen to much Jazz, but man, this is reminding me of why I should. I'm glad you put up this extended version, because hearing that flute makes it worth it.
I love the fact that it just keeps going. I'm not usually a fan of long pieces, but with this style, it works. You're right, there is so much color and motion to this, and that's why it works. The interplay between the soloists is so fun. Your comment above about how they are contextual is really thought provoking. I just went along for the ride for this, and I'm really glad I did.
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TobinMueller said 2855 days ago (January 25th, 2010)
Jazz for non-jazz lovers
One of the reasons I incorporated some different types of percussion on this album was to appeal to a wider audience. Another one was to stretch myself a bit, try and see what might happen synergistically. I'm really glad you enjoyed this rambling track. The essence of hipness is rhythmic, and I am continually amazed at the artistry of percussionists. Please check out some of the other tracks I've posted that ended up, after remastering, on the album. (See list in my description section.) Hope you like them as well.
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thetiler said 2857 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Enjoyed reading your
comments to my comment !

Thanks for the taking the time to reply! Thanks for all the listening enjoyment you have given in the time I've been here at MJ !
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TobinMueller said 2855 days ago (January 25th, 2010)
Ditto
Back at you!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2856 days ago (January 24th, 2010)
This is...
... priceless. Man, what a monster group of musicians! Glad to hear this extended version. Although I commented about the digital drums before, it sounds a bit different here and I like it.

Great news; this album sure does deserve to be the album of the year. Congrats!
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TobinMueller said 2854 days ago (January 26th, 2010)
Birdman
Great to hear from you, Birdman. Yes, the drums are different hear than on Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket. THis one tends toward more mainstream, but the lyrical lines of the soloists diverge form the norm and try to push the model envelope. Great fun bunch of monsters.
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Doug Somers said 2853 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Way successful genre melange
Love the fluid energy all through this - the laid back funk beat under these wailing solos rounds out the feel of a bunch of guys who know each other's thoughts, passing this 'magical musical soul' round and around. I'm so glad we got to hear the flute in this cut. There's genius in so many moments here. And the funk/hip-hop influences really work for me against the more 'traditional' soloing.

I was intrigued from the intro, and once your keyboards announced their presence it was all over - I was a captive in jazz land.

Congratulations on the award. It is certainly well earned through this most impressive musicianship.

Take care,
Doug
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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
fluid energy
Thanks, Doug. Love your comments. And I dig your phrase "I was a captive in jazz land." Sounds like an album title! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, it is much appreciated.
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racerat said 2852 days ago (January 28th, 2010)
sick
This is so funky I gotta wring out my shorts. The first 1:31 is killer, the muted trumpet is outstanding and the back and forth play is so tight. The flute is cool as it goes way off kilter, not what you usually hear out of a flute, some real risk taking. the wah guitar is of course my favorite holding down the 60's porn soundtrack vibe. The bass is sub sonic and really hits me where I live. excellent track. tres tres cool mon ami.
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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
gotta wring out my shorts
Your comments made me smile all the way thru. Very fun. Thanks, man. Gotta love the 60s porn vibe!
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SuperStarSmith said 2852 days ago (January 28th, 2010)
love
the b3, flutre and sax. very accessible jazz, although a little unsure about the percussion. maybe something live would fit?
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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
live drumming
Yes, I agree. Going with the programmed drumming was both a scheduling/monetary issue as well as a stylistic variation for the project as a whole. In retrospect, I'd go with live drumming too, hands down.
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Scott Carmichael said 2852 days ago (January 28th, 2010)
Way past me
your musical vocab far exceeds mine... and like Ed, I don't speak fluent jazz... I still recognize when the work is masterful... and this group of players have chops and feel and plenty of it... I like the choices that you make as you lay down the bed for this...

you've consistently raised the level here... and more than just musically
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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
Mutual inspiration
Scott, you have done the same for me - and more than musically, as well. You're one of those MJers that walk with me after I've left the site. Thanks for the person you are.
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thoddi said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
inspiration
Listening to this band makes me wanna start practicing more. Do I want to be able play like you guys... I need to read and learn and play and read and learn and play and...

I was so lucky to attend a guitar clinic with Robben Ford some months ago. Boy did he trigger my will to step a bit further in personal development as a musician.

Your band and great musicianship gives me a reminder of the things I got a boost from there.

I'm digging this a lot!

Thanks Tobin. Very nice of you to share this one here!

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TobinMueller said 2851 days ago (January 29th, 2010)
Thanks
The guitar and bass you lent to my tunes "My Heart Still Beats" (song 15661) and "Crazy Story" (song 21974) helped make those tune work, transformed them. I'd play with you any day. Thanks for stopping by for this one. Glad you dug it!
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Mcboy said 2849 days ago (January 31st, 2010)
funky
sonic tapestry u have goin on...the horns are magnificent....the riffs r coolaciously hot...hehhehhe...love the track..takes me on a journey to the land of funkadelia...!!!!
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TobinMueller said 2848 days ago (February 1st, 2010)
funkadelia
Yes, love to holiday there. I was hoping you'd like this one. Similar to our collab, Seven Buttons. Thanks for stopping by. Keep soaking up the sun.
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sonnyjim said 2847 days ago (February 2nd, 2010)
Thanks very much
for this, Tobin.

Rain Bather is a gem, and the chance to hear an unedited version of part of it is a real treat. The album version is pretty great, but I also really dig the wider focus of this one.

True story: I have spent the past two days building a closet in my house. Normally, I can't listen to anything but electronica when I have to keep a lot of numbers in my head, but I was able to chug right along today while listening to this without making a single wrong cut! Maybe there's a secret mathematical code woven into this one??

Best,

SJ
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TobinMueller said 2845 days ago (February 4th, 2010)
Hidden mathematics
I was a physics major at UW-Madison, after transferring out of the music school, and have always loved applied mathematics. Maybe there is something embedded inside the music. So glad you kept a true cut as we rambled on in the background. Keep chugging!
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eleveneyes said 2841 days ago (February 8th, 2010)
yes!
Tobin, you never cease to amaze me. Absolutely awesome!
Thanks for making this downloadable!
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TobinMueller said 2671 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
Mutual fan
I love all your stuff, too. Glad you didn't miss this one.
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