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This is a fun little tune I've been toying with for years and finally put finishing touches on for my latest album, Come In Funky. The highlight for me is the sax solo at the end. Saxes all played by my friend and collaborator, Woody Mankowski. Come In Funky is our second album together, The Mueller's Wheel (2010) being the first, although he also appears on my albums Rain Bather (2009), Song of Myself (2012) and A Bit Of Light (2007) along with a bunch of fellow MacJammers.

I had a handful of Jazz tunes and a handful of Big Band Funk tunes left over from previous projects sitting on the shelf waiting for more material. My plan was to eventually come out with two separate albums, one Jazz and one pure Funk. Well, time and health and hurricanes and whatnot intervened and I decided to gather up what music I had available and weave it all together. Come In Funky might well be my last Jazz ensemble album, they are a lot of work for a worn out body! I'm concentrating on solo piano for the foreseeable future. But it was great fun recording these songs and finding a way to make an album that flowed top to bottom. If you'd like a copy, drop me a line!

For videos from this and other of my albums, see:
https://www.youtube.com/user/tobinmueller/videos

Other tracks from the album, mostly pre-mastered, shared on MacJams:
Hitchhiker Tales
Frankenfanny
Forrest's Fire
BONUS TRACK: What I Was Thinking While You Were Talking

For reviews of the album, please see btransue's thread "Come In Funky" is Superb!
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Uploaded: May 14, 2014 - 09:54:43 AM
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FEEL said 1141 days ago (May 14th, 2014)
Mr. Mankowski is a talent
I'm really digging the funk to this song, especially like the way you switch from the upright to that popping bass. Nice touch. Ear candy, and a nice listen to get you going in the morning... or is it already noon? should have listened sooner.

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TobinMueller said 1141 days ago (May 14th, 2014)
Woody is the Real Deal
Yes, Mankowski is a talent! I love to showcase him. And I love to see what he does to the notes I put on the page. Transforms them, always. I just wish MJ would stop self-destructing right after I post a song! It's like my music has some black magic attached to it...
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Parichayaka said 1141 days ago (May 14th, 2014)
Cool!
So cool. Had no idea where this was going after the intro and loved where you took this - the out of control leslie (brilliant), drums, bass and sax solo at the end. When something's put together this well, I think it's hard to appreciate how much it takes to get a powerful result like this! Sounds so effortless

Are all instruments recorded? If so, wow - a bunch of talented musicians you're working with. All the best for the release!
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TobinMueller said 1141 days ago (May 14th, 2014)
Three and a half Men
Yes, this is over-tracking of three guys. Me on all keys. Very fun playing with yourself! Ha!
Thanks for the listen. Truly appreciated.
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chikoppi said 1140 days ago (May 15th, 2014)
Cannot decode
Sorry Tobin, but I get a "cannot decode" error when I try to play the file (iPad). I'll try to revisit when I'm on a desktop.
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TobinMueller said 1140 days ago (May 15th, 2014)
2nd day MJ players don't work...
Yes, funny that last time I submitted a song here everything went haywire for a few days too.

At least the DOWNLOAD button WORKS! So, please feel free to download that track and listen that way, if you can.
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KCsGROOVE said 1140 days ago (May 15th, 2014)
frankenfunny
ah, this is really funky! :-)
espeially like the sax and organ
cool groovin' !
KC
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TobinMueller said 1139 days ago (May 16th, 2014)
Sax and organ
Thanks. Woody and I love playing together. As time moves on, chances of doing so become less. Glad this was captured on tape for posterity. Appreciated.
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Vic Holman said 1139 days ago (May 15th, 2014)
Frankenfanny
stellar. i like everything about this. from the superb musicianship to the tight arrangement. frankenfunky!
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TobinMueller said 1139 days ago (May 16th, 2014)
Frankenfunky
…was a name I considered for the piece. But somehow "fanny" worked its way into the mix. I used to remember how, but the memory now escapes me, which may be good? Ha!

Glad you listened in. Appreciate you stopping by. Seeing your name makes me feel at home here. Again. Thanks for all the songs you share and all the care you spread. Kudos.
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Narad said 1139 days ago (May 16th, 2014)
Frankenfanny
Great bass, organ and saxo ! Thanks for the great listen ! :)
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Warren Smith said 1139 days ago (May 16th, 2014)
Frankenfunny
I misread the title as "Frankenfunny"; wrote this comment, then realized my mistake right before I hit the send button. (Which is unusual - usually I don't catch the mistake until two seconds after hitting the send button.) But the vowel shift from "a" to "u" doesn't really permute my observation.

The title works for me, both as a word play off of Frankenstein ( which seems apt as the piece was assembled from numerous session parts) and because it is essentially comic in its general self-awareness.

Not comic in a ha-ha stand-up joking sense, but rather that the performances are slightly exaggerated in expression as a mannerist push beyond the classical norm. There's more than a hint of the ironic in that wailing Leslie organ - it's almost like it's trying to take a selfie. Ditto for the bass and sax.

This is not a bad thing by any means. It's how we have to push the boundaries in a post-modern world. (Or whatever world we are currently living in - I keep losing track.) It keeps it fun, yet it adds a level of sophistication that challenges our ears to compare it to established jazz standards.

I hope it goes on to become a monster hit.
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TobinMueller said 1138 days ago (May 17th, 2014)
Frankenfunny
Love the comments. Really cool that you noticed that this is a stitched together piece, mostly base line sticking, from different discarded tunes, salvaging what was best. Once the salvaged bed was laid, Woody and I went to town to blanket it with cool licks. If you know what I mean. And, yes, thus came the Frankenstein takeoff, as homage to the same song-becomes-monster concept that Edgar Winter used to name his famous tune.

I also like that you understood the hip yet humorous aspect to the music. Many of the tunes on "Come In Funky" try to capture this hip yet humorous musical style, like John Schofield was able to do in several of his recordings. Thanks for noticing. Cheers!
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PeterB7858 said 1138 days ago (May 17th, 2014)
Frankenfanny
A fine jazz infused funk romp, Tobin. All the elements shine. Tight! Thanks, Peter.
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Tight!
Thanks. It is a romp. Glad you joined the rumpus!
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jiguma said 1138 days ago (May 17th, 2014)
As I said .....
...... top stuff Tobin. Can't get enough leslied organ :) Wonderful post!
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Wonderful Oz
Thanks for riding the latest twister and stopping by! I agree about never enough Leslie organ. Especially the banged up, leaky case, sent though distortion speakers kind. Something things are better as broken down antiques!
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davisamerica2 said 1137 days ago (May 17th, 2014)
How do you keep this funk under control?
I can't juggle more than two pins at a time, and here you've got ten of them in the air. Great stuff, Tobin, and that sax and organ keep the excitement going. Loved it all!
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
more than two pins
I used to bowl a lot in college. Marquette University ran out of dorm space and put up "volunteers" in the YMCA that was on the edge of campus. (They subsequently bought the whole building and made it an official dorm, before my sons went there.) I was the first year of student inhabitants. The bowling alley, gym and pool were all free for us. Great fun. There were only 4 floors of students, and I opted to go "by myself" up to the top 18th floor were the old men (long term guests) stayed. More than bowling, I learned how to play real checkers. Never appreciated the game until I played against octogenarian masters.
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apb said 1137 days ago (May 18th, 2014)
Different league
very enjoyable Tobin and great sax contribution from Woody. A choon for those times you feel your (or someones) derrière has been put together by a mad-scientist .. though the title might raise more eyebrows with Brits ;)
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
raising eyebrows
Nothing like raising eyebrows! Mad-scientists abound. We should name our trio that.

I wish I spoke British better. I'm sure I'd have more fun then!
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gadzooks said 1137 days ago (May 18th, 2014)
Frankenfanny
That bass and organ pull you right in ... dig those horns ... this is real good! Funky jazzy ... what an odd timing the drums are doing . There is some fine playing on this... I'm impressed.
Cheers
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Funky jazzy
Thanks for noticing the odd drumming. I wish the tunes I record had more of that. But I never tell a drummer what to do. I only encourage them once they hit on something I dig. I value my health too much, and the health of the music :-)

Thanks for the great comments.
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paul f. page said 1136 days ago (May 18th, 2014)
That sound?!
What IS that? Sounds like a Leslie speaker on steroids. Pretty darned cool. ... Another complex jazz number that is tightly controlled and mixed. You are so lucky to have human musicians who are so in sync with your ideas. Nice improvised quality with this jazzy track, but it does come across as being planned (if loosely), with everyone having precise places to play. I agree with your thoughts about the sax. Always so nice when played with this kind of skill. Good one, Tobin. Best of luck on the album. You're creating some unique and challenging things that deserve wide listening.
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Planned improvisation
Thanks for noticing the complexity. I always strive to make something complex and difficult yet be heard as sound easy and alive. This is actually very tightly planned, although the specific notes of solos are rarely written. But there is a rehearsal period of trial and error we don't subject outsiders to :-) in which we all get on the same Page. I also really like to build a song to an anticipated yet unpredictable climax. That's what Woody's solo achieves toward the end. Glad you agree.


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Dadai.2 said 1135 days ago (May 19th, 2014)
It's alive! It's Alive!!
Frankencool... Franken with a get-down serious funky vibe. I like this a lot. I can imagine this kind of recording does take a lot of work. So much going on and yet it feels seamless. Sign that a pro and pros were at work. As Feter used to say, "Deep bows!"
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Frankencool
Thanks. This tune did take a lot of "work", but without the even greater "play" that formed it's seed it would never have come to be. I'm glad it kept its spontaneity after evolving from where it started to what it became. Sometimes a little ditty really works out! Appreciate your listening and comments.
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Soundhound said 1134 days ago (May 21st, 2014)
Good track...
Good feel very real...
Funk being my flavour of chose, this is where I'm most
comfortable...
Hearing this makes my day...
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Comfortable in Funkland
There is not enough funk in the music world today, for sure. By the way, I discovered a band in Minneapolis you may totally dig: New Sound Underground. They have a website with really fine music samples. Check them out!
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thetiler said 1134 days ago (May 21st, 2014)
Enjoy
how you make that bass sound really funky and the organ really screams with a great bluesy feel. Not sure if anybody can do jazz like you Tobin on this site! When I seek my favorite baseball team I think, those guys know baseball. And I have to say Tobin, YOU KNOW JAZZ ! WaY to Go. Wow what a cool ENDING. Love it! :)
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TobinMueller said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Bluesy feel
Thanks. I am not a proficient blues player, but have always wanted to be. I try to lean that way, but then different ideas and other voices insert themselves and make it into something else. I'm glad you heard me trying to show blues influences, cuz I do try! Thanks for the kind words. Jazz has been a life long hobby for me, as my career emphasized stage musicals, orchestral settings, and progressive rock more. But Jazz was always where I went to after hours. Glad I have the time to make it a day thing too now!
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bjack said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
A Little Pep In My Step...
and funk in my collard greens. Thanks for this one. Nice.
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TobinMueller said 1131 days ago (May 24th, 2014)
funk in my collard greens
Nice! I may steal that for a song title…!
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DWL said 1133 days ago (May 22nd, 2014)
Classy!
I've not yet heard anything from you which doesn't exude quality.

Splendid playing and writing.

Cheers

Dick
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TobinMueller said 1131 days ago (May 24th, 2014)
Classy!
Thanks. One can't help but strive for class when associating with Ron Carter. The classiest man I have ever met… Appreciated!
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