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Struttin' Up Bourbon was inspired by the rather amazing experienced you get walking around the French Quarter in New Orleans. I've been there twice this year (and, yes, met and hung out with MJ member MidiOrleans, a true delight). From one street corner, you can hear blues punching out from a dark bar, 80s rock distorting through vibrating windows, acoustic jazz trying to compete from across the street, and funk pulsing between beckoning waitresses and their colorful trays of shot glass. After New York City and Provincetown MA, it is becoming my favorite city. The musicians there are the happiest I have ever met or played with.

On my last visit, I attended my friend Bryan Lee's 68th birthday. (Like me, Bryan is from Wisconsin, a little town named Two Rivers where my mother used to visit her cousins.) The whole blues vibe kind of stuck with me. It's not really "jazz fusion," but it is a fusion of jazz and blues.

I sent a half done track to Woody Mankowski for him to lay down the scored sax section parts and add a solo. What I got back still didn't feel complete. So I invited Ziti to add some of his magic. He replied with this alive and strutting wah guitar that made the whole track sound real and present. I truly get the visceral feel of walking up Bourbon Street, a cacophony of music bursting out of every opened door bar and music hall.

There are moments my organ saturates and kind of rumbles too loudly in the background, and there are cracks and noises from feet movements and whatnot, but I decided to keep it all in. It added to the live feel.

Thank you, Fran, for another fresh and happy collaboration. [We collaborated on a dreamy track What I Was Thinking When You Were Talking several years ago (2006) - you should check it out. Inventive mix of organ, Moog, electric piano, acoustic guitar, and backwards tape engineering].

This track will be the last uptempo track on The Muller's Wheel CD. Here are all the demo tracks on MJ:

Seafood Gumbo Bop
Oasis On The Rocks
Saddle Shoe Sally
Lost In The West Village
The Müller's Wheel
Windowshade
Fusion of Minds
Struttin' Up Bourbon
River Runs Through Me
Forrest's Fire

You can also follow the progress of this project on my website:
www.tobinmueller.com/wheel/

Vocal variations of this series:
Seafood Gumbo w/ AngelaHope

If you haven't heard much of my jazz stuff, please check out all the draft mixes that ended up on the album RAIN BATHER. Maybe start with I Wanna Fly. Woody also plays on most of those songs.

Please check out the finalized CD on CDBaby: The Muller's Wheel - Tobin Mueller & Woody Mankwoski
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I'd like to dedicate this track to Scotty Hill.
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Uploaded: May 06, 2011 - 12:18:19 PM
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2011 - 09:16:04 AM Last Played: Sep 21, 2017 - 03:52:45 AM
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composerclark said 2358 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Fun
This sounds like a lot of fun was had by all, and it sounds like everyone was in the same room at the same time, feeding off each other's energy and ideas. Amazing to me that it didn't happen this way... Adding Ziti was fantastic... his contributions are tasteful and awesome, as always. Congrats to all involved!
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TobinMueller said 2353 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
One room
Thanks. Yes, it's totally cool how it sounds like 8 guys in a single room. Cutting and pasting phrases help create the illusion of trading ideas. Lots of things from the middle were moved toward the beginning and the actual song was lengthened to make room for the growing conversation. And Woody's layered saxes really sounds like a whole section. This one was fun to mix.
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alackbass said 2358 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Struttin' Up Bourbon (w/ Ziti)
I think The Meters would dig this as much as I do! Downloaded!
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TobinMueller said 2347 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
The Meters
Way cool. And Dr. John, one of my heroes. Thanks.
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MidiOrleans said 2358 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Excellent
impression of late night Bourbon Street.
Everybody sounds real fine!

See ya round de corner...
scotty
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TobinMueller said 2357 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
de corner
It's a date
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Parichayaka said 2358 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
It almost feels superflous commenting ;)
Tremendously enjoyable to listen to this chilled, relaxed track - and what a great achievement to make a song with so many elements, solos, wonderful subtleties and complex mix sound 'chilled and relaxed'. Awesome. Everyone here is featured and shines at the right moment.

I'm particularly impressed with the brass section and overall clarity and intensity of the various instruments, well balanced and not one dull moment here! I could imagine the snare drum with maybe a little bit more texture or a crisper sound but the performances here are just outstanding.

So glad you could meet with Scotty, I only know him from some messages and he does seem like the nicest, most knowledgable guy you can discuss music with! btw is that Ziti on the guitar?!
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TobinMueller said 2357 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
Fran Dagostino serving the ziti
Yes, it is Ziti on guitar. "Jammin' with ziti" sounds like some exotic Smuckers & Italian side dish, no? He is great fun to play with. I'm going to have to travel to Boston some day so we can do it simultaneously, the old fashion way, in the same room...
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dave_b said 2358 days ago (May 6th, 2011)
Struttin' Up Bourbon (w/ Ziti)
Tight & tasty. Fun to hear so many great individual performances!
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TobinMueller said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
tasty
That's another thing about New Orleans: food. (Actually, drink. It is hard to find a non-alcoholic beverage even at street stands in the city!) I'm glad you commented. It reminded me to check in on your stuff. Love what you are doing. That Nashville demo is tops.
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Scorpjammer said 2358 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
Massive Groove
Been over 10 years since my wife and were down in the quarter. Hung out at the Old Absinthe House and took in Bryan Lee... Monster blues guitarist and entertainer. Love his live CD from the Absinthe. This tune brings it all back. Kudos to you, Ziti, Woody. Thanks for the GREAT groove and memories!
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TobinMueller said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Old Absinthe House
Bryan used to do 12 hour gigs at the Absinthe House. Exhausting. He's moved to The Saloon, now. Plays nearly every night from 8-11, then the band plays until 2am. His guitarist, Brent Johnson, may be the best blues electric guitarist I've ever seen. He is astounding. I watched them for two straight nights, 5 hours each, and Brent never repeated a phrase. Mind blowing.
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rok41 said 2357 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
Struttin'
This is ridiculously good...Exceptional in every category...I've got nothing....
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TobinMueller said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Very Zen


Thanks
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ktb said 2357 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
Struttin' Up Bourbon
I think what I love best is the that the tune takes it time dispensing the all the joy it has. That being it teases from the get go and then doesn't fail to follow through with simply outstanding solo's and jams from the ensemble. Killer mix and B3 work Tobin. You remain one artist that seems to keep topping themselves with each subsequent track. No easy feat :-)
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TobinMueller said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
Dispensing time
Thanks for noticing the slow build of soloing. I edited the track, expanding the length by adding the the first and second sections, so that solo intros wouldn't step on each other. I just didn't want to get in the way of some of those great solo entrances. One thing about playing with Woody, I always feel like my solos simply set up Woody's, cuz he always out does me. I smile a lot when playing with him...
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Feter said 2357 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
Struttin' Up Bourbon
Who can deny the visit ...sitting with my tea and just surrender to this groove ..you definitely so solid and soulful .Having Ziti is like placing the right pearl on this awesome mosaic ...I m so happy you visited Scotty wish I can someday ..all I can say is thank you for sharing such gem !! (groovy)
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TobinMueller said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
The groove
Most of the time in the last 20 years, I have tried to avoid sitting in a groove and letting it percolate. I'm always switching things up and morphing it. With this project, I kept myself from doing this. I wanted the project to be a showcase for Woody, and so I was trying to provide and interesting enough base for him to take off and fly. I think it added to the joy of playing, not trying so hard to be creative. A lesson for me.
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PeterB7858 said 2357 days ago (May 7th, 2011)
Fantastic
Fantastic work by all concerned. Kudos to Woody and Fran for their inspired playing. Love your organ work too, Tobin. Absolute pro quality track. Agree with Andrew re the Meters nod. Regards to all, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 2351 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
Leaving space
Thanks. Part of my idea in how to play this project, and how I play organ in general, is to create a space for soloists to play, frolic. I still haven't tired of listening to the moments of play these guys bring to the music.
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davisamerica2 said 2356 days ago (May 8th, 2011)
Love this, Tobin!
You are one artist who never disappoints. Fran's guitar in this is a very nice touch. Great post. Terry
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TobinMueller said 2351 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
never disappoints...
Actually, I have some tracks, demos, that I have been thinking of sharing, but they can't compare with some of the production I've presented here. I worry about disappointing... But I think just the songwriting would be nice to share, regardless of other techniques.
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oldlibmike said 2356 days ago (May 8th, 2011)
Too long!
Been too long since I have listened to your pieces. Great work as always. Its always an education listening to a pro!
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TobinMueller said 2351 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
Too long
I imagine my participation here will be in bunches, with spaces in between, since that is how my life is rolling lately. Gone are the days of daily checking in. I don't even read email every day anymore. Kind of nice. But I appreciate your comments, and thank you for checking in. I'll try and keep adding more to the songlist here. Such a fine place.
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guitapick said 2356 days ago (May 8th, 2011)
New Orleans...
...is great...this captures The Quarter really well, Tobin. Slammin' sax and guitar. Good idea, leaving it all in there...what it's all about.


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TobinMueller said 2351 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
The Quarter
Thanks. I'm glad you liked that I left it all in there. In headphones, I can hear what all the noises are, but on my boombox I keep turning my head and wondering what the hell some of those sounds are. A matter of place and perception. Kind of like walking down the middle of the street as the prostitutes call from one side and the ghosts beckon from the other...
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ziti said 2356 days ago (May 8th, 2011)
thank you TM
this sounds totally wonderful...fat and sassy. I am stunned to find the guitar I played so prominent in the general mix....i just had a bit of fun with the wah pedal....but the mixing and mastering are just fantastic! I really love the horns, and your sax buddy is a smoker. Proud to part of this, Tobin. Thanks!

z
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TobinMueller said 2355 days ago (May 9th, 2011)
Z is for Zowza
Thank you, man. I cut and pasted a longer opening in the main bed and moved an addition sax section phrase (having to change some licks around in that track to make the chords work) so that the initial statement was of the group as a whole, unlike in the version I sent you where the soloist started things off. This gave more room to that the whole groove build and introduced the listener to the whole ensemble right away. I then discovered some tasty lines percolating in your accompaniment track. I realized you had played a background kind of thing, but I cut and pasted some of your more solo sounding licks to fit into the right spots. Suzanne asked "Who is playing guitar?" and I knew I needed to feature you, so up the mix you went! Your part truly makes the track complete and gave it the exact vibe I was seeking. Thanks again.
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KCsGROOVE said 2354 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
dig it from the first note
Always in for a cool shuffle :-)
Cool horns and organ
Great song!
Fav and download for sure
KC
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TobinMueller said 2351 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
Downloaded
Thanks. I am always pleased when someone downloads a tune. I appreciate that.
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Doug Somers said 2354 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Shamblin' along with nowhere to be but here
The blend here between HOT and relaxed is a treat. All those who brought an instrument to the party get to really play, and man do they all shine!

The horns put the icing on this cake, over layers of wailing solos, and the spot on bass work and drumming. The mix is clean, well spread, up front and personal. In fact, we're part of the party - and what a party you guys have going here. I'm really impressed by how the energy passes back and forth. Must be something of the magic of the select group you've assembled (mixed with a little voodoo from the Crescent City itself).

Uber cool.

Glad to have the chance to listen and dload for future enjoyment.

Cheers,
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TobinMueller said 2347 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
mixed with a little voodoo
Love your comments. Voodoo has always fascinated me. Man, I hope I can keep mixing it into the pot. Voodoo is always a welcomed guest! I'm glad you felt like you were at the party, it's what I was hoping for.
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drakonis said 2354 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
XXX Disneyland
Only on Bourbon Street once in my life, late at night after a conference, and it is a wild place! This does capture the wide open shufflin' upbeat pace of the place. Great performances on sax, guitar and keys. The drums seemed a little loose at times, but that possibly adds to the "live" feel, and overall it just gels into a great performance. Scotty deserves a musical dedication of this caliber... super choice, and I'm excited to know you two got to meet!
ttfn,
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TobinMueller said 2347 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
XXX Disneyland
Definitely an adult hang out, for sure, New Orleans is. That's part of what I like, not the triple XXX part but the sense of adult live and let live freedom and joy. It's what felt in the West Village years ago but what NYC has kind of lost, becoming a more PG family tourist destination. Happiest musicians in the world, there.

Scotty was a fabulous tour guide. Heck, he even knows the Marsalis family. Scotty has a very colorful and personal history of the place, which includes his own exploits!
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lilmom said 2354 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Incredibly good!
The only trouble with listening to your music is that it is so intimidating, it takes me a couple of weeks to dare post anything new! What a combo of talents on this one! WOW!
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TobinMueller said 2347 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Always dare
Thanks.
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FEEL said 2354 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
Everyone doing their thing
and it all comes together nicely. Great jam... Love it!
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TobinMueller said 2347 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Great jam
That's one of the cool things about jamming, you just have to do your thing and the puzzle makes itself. In my new quest to shed stress, happy music is a healer!
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Vic Holman said 2354 days ago (May 10th, 2011)
strutting is right
this struts in every way imaginable. excellent tune and all the performers are really on there game.....cool to hear the Z-man adding his own voodoo magic!
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TobinMueller said 2347 days ago (May 17th, 2011)
Z-man's voodoo magic
Right on!
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lholden said 2353 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Struttin
What a lovely atmosphere in this song! I loved listening - well done:)
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TobinMueller said 2342 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
loved listening
Thanks!
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Soundhound said 2353 days ago (May 11th, 2011)
Nice .....1
Love that laid back Funky Jazz, great feel very real.....

That's just what it is.....Man right there.......
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TobinMueller said 2342 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
laid back Funky Jazz
I tried not to pace this song too fast, just to let the single licks of the organ to not feel rushed. But it worked for the sax chorus and all the other players, as well. I dig mid tempo... especially the older I get...!
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snowdragon said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
a couple
of old pros at work.

Nice job
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TobinMueller said 2351 days ago (May 13th, 2011)
at work
"old" being the operative word...?
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RAVENS said 2353 days ago (May 12th, 2011)
New Orleans
I've always wanted to go there, hopefully someday. What a great way to start my day. Love the vibe here, Jazzy goodness. You guys sounds awesome together!

RAVEN ;-)
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TobinMueller said 2342 days ago (May 22nd, 2011)
Jazzy goodness
Thanks. This is a fun song to hear in early morning. When I'm testing my demo discs to make sure everything printed right on it, this is a track I listen to all the way thru. There are still little hails and waves poking through the crowded passing heads on the street during this passage, and I enjoy meeting them. I hope you do go there someday. Spend at least 3 days, and be sure and go just east of the French Quarter down Frenchman, which is where the locals often congregate.
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falcef said 2350 days ago (May 14th, 2011)
Struttin' Up Bourbon
Congratulations for this beautiful song, the instruments are well chosen sounds beautiful and interesting, good mix still so good. Hello from falcef in Italy and best wishes for the work and health. Grat Sax and guitar
Hello friends,a wonderful 2011, full of peace and music! A Funky-Jazz a gogo
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TobinMueller said 2346 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
jazz a go-go
Hello to Italy! And from your comments, I know what the song it missing: go-go dancers! Funky Italian go-go dancers would be even better!
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johnwhitehead said 2348 days ago (May 16th, 2011)
Struttin'
Great mix of arranged riffs and loose-limbed improv. Great playing and writing. Totally pro track in every way.

I remember Bryan Lee. I also grew up in Wisconsin (Appleton).
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TobinMueller said 2346 days ago (May 18th, 2011)
Appleton?
No way! I grew up in Neenah! Are you the John Whitehead who went to Appleton West? You were on student council? Was your mother a substitute teacher? What a small world...
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Ibstrat said 2340 days ago (May 25th, 2011)
Nice
laid back groove on this.Smokin' sax. I love to hear Fran play- he sounds great on this.
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TobinMueller said 2324 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Smokin' sax
I totally agree. With both Smokin' Woody and loving Fran. What a great place, this, where people just add in! Thanks.
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Ed Hannifin said 2334 days ago (May 30th, 2011)
Great strut, great sway...
It works musically, it works at the level of groove and vibe, and as always, Tobin, it's a really tight and clear mix...

I love hearing Fran's wah excursions against the organ and the horns...
TobinMueller said 2324 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
Fran's wah
Yes, I dig how Fran's crying guitar ebbs and flows with the energy. It adds, never merely plays along, and heaps on additional personality. Thanks, again, Fran. You too, Ed.
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Skweryl said 2326 days ago (June 7th, 2011)
OOOOOOOOOOH!
THE SKWERYL JUST GOT SKEWL'ED!
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TobinMueller said 2324 days ago (June 9th, 2011)
SKEWL'ED
So many schools in life, no?
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crazykeyman said 2305 days ago (June 28th, 2011)
Feelin So Good
This is why I call you "The Master" Just so good there are no words to express the joy I get from listening to this.
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