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Afterwords

by Tobin Mueller

Using quotations from great literature as catalysts, these jazz piano solos entertain, stimulate and inspire, combining post-bop, new age, classic jazz stylings and storytelling.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. In the Amber of the Moment
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2. The Space Between Chaos and Shape
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3. The Unicorn and the Butterfly
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4. Every Night a World, Every Morning a Circus
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5. Longing
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6. The Old Man and the Sea
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7. Dignity; Or, Collecting Scarves
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8. Learn Something
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9. Under Your Boot-Soles
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10. One with Stars (Entr'acte)
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11. Violated by Insight
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12. Real
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13. Dissolution, a Lullaby
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14. The Shape of Love
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15. Stone Water Trough
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16. Never Left Behind
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17. Afterwords
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Album Notes
'Afterwords' combines original solo piano with the spoken word. Each piece is a musical meditation on quotations from Tobin's favorite novels, short stories and poems. To musically illustrate each quotation, Tobin employs varying musical genres, from post-bop to classic jazz to new age to neo-classical. The mix of styles creates a rich multi-cultural tapestry.

“Mueller’s compositional vocabulary and his prowess as a pianist are eloquent and elegant, lively and whimsical, provocative and inspirational by turns. Afterwords is highly original recording that will uplift the listener, challenge his philosophical perspectives and stimulate his aural sensibility." - Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold, Fanfare Magazine music critic

"The challenge of representing through music my personal response to literature's nuanced insights," Tobin writes, "has been a great pleasure. From classics to science fiction to children's stories to contemporary novels, the books I've chosen represent moments of my own life, frozen in time and entangled in memory. I try to honor and cherish them the best way I know how: at the piano."

"I am in awe of Tobin’s fearless pursuit of honesty and originality in his work. 'Afterwords' is an astonishing work of art." - Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano

Disc One - track list
1. In the Amber of the Moment (after Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”)
2. The Space Between Chaos and Shape (after Jeanette Winterson’s “Stories”)
3. The Unicorn and the Butterfly (after Peter S. Beagle’s “The Last Unicorn”)
4. Every Night a World, Every Morning a Circus (after John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”)
5. Longing (after Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”)
6. The Old Man and the Sea (after Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”)
7. Dignity; or, Collecting Scarves (after Dave Eggers’s “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius”)
8. Learn Something (after T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King”)
9. Under Your Boot-Soles (after Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”)

Disc Two - track list
10. One With Stars (entr'acte)
11. Violated By Insight (after Aimee Bender’s “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”)
12. Real (after Margery Williams’s “The Velveteen Rabbit” & Ian McEwan’s “Atonement”)
13. Dissolution, a lullaby (after China Miéville’s “Perdido Street Station”)
14. The Shape of Love (after William Faulkner’s “Beyond”)
15. Stone Water Trough (after Cormac McCarthy’s “No Country For Old Men”)
16. Never Left Behind (after Clive James’ “Sentenced to Life”)
17. Afterwords (after Chuck Palahniuk’s “Survivor” & Jerzy Kosiński’s “The Painted Bird”)

For more information, complete liner notes and seven more bonus tracks, see: www.tobinmueller.com/afterwords

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I first became aware of Tobin Mueller and his music in early 2006 when I was asked to review his solo piano debut, "Morning Whispers." "Afterwords" is the seventeenth of his albums that I have reviewed and I would have to say that the constants in all of his projects have been change, innovation and artistry. I am always in awe of Tobin’s fearless pursuit of honesty and the originality of his work - qualities that tend to be ever more elusive in these days of dumbing-down the arts to a one-size fits all sameness. Tobin’s projects over the past few years have become increasingly more personal, revealing more of his inner self than even he might realize. "Afterwords" seems to be his most personal project yet, pairing passages from some of his favorite novels, short stories and poems with his original solo piano compositions. The quotations become meditations of a sort and were chosen from a wildly diverse group of authors that includes Ernest Hemingway, Jerzy Kosinski, China Mieville, Walt Whitman, and Dave Eggers. The musical pairings are equally diverse, demonstrating Tobin’s command of a broad range of music genres. The music weaves in and out of the spoken-word passages, illustrating them as only music can and creating an astonishing work of art.

"Afterwords" is a two-disc set that includes a sixteen-page booklet with all of the spoken word quotations, Mueller’s thoughts about each quote, and many intriguing illustrations that I assume were also created by Mueller since no credit for them is given in the package. There are nine tracks on Disc 1 and 8 on Disc 2, for a combined total of 84 minutes. The music ranges from jazz to classically-influenced and is sometimes lively and sometimes more meditative. The pieces flow from one to the next to tell a more complete story, but each piece is unique to the quotation that inspired it. It’s a fascinating journey through a collection of writings that influenced Mueller’s work and most likely his clife as well. Like the music, the quotations are very diverse - sometimes ironic, sometimes tender and always thought-provoking. "Afterwords" is a unique project and a singular work of art.

"Afterwords" will definitely be on my list of Favorite Albums for the year! I give it my highest recommendation!
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano.com
I first became aware of Tobin Mueller and his music in early 2006 when I was asked to review his solo piano debut, "Morning Whispers." "Afterwords" is the seventeenth of his albums that I have reviewed and I would have to say that the constants in all of his projects have been change, innovation and artistry. I am always in awe of Tobin’s fearless pursuit of honesty and the originality of his work - qualities that tend to be ever more elusive in these days of dumbing-down the arts to a one-size fits all sameness. Tobin’s projects over the past few years have become increasingly more personal, revealing more of his inner self than even he might realize. "Afterwords" seems to be his most personal project yet, pairing passages from some of his favorite novels, short stories and poems with his original solo piano compositions. The quotations become meditations of a sort and were chosen from a wildly diverse group of authors that includes Ernest Hemingway, Jerzy Kosinski, China Mieville, Walt Whitman, and Dave Eggers. The musical pairings are equally diverse, demonstrating Tobin’s command of a broad range of music genres. The music weaves in and out of the spoken-word passages, illustrating them as only music can and creating an astonishing work of art.

"Afterwords" is a two-disc set that includes a sixteen-page booklet with all of the spoken word quotations, Mueller’s thoughts about each quote, and many intriguing illustrations that I assume were also created by Mueller since no credit for them is given in the package. There are nine tracks on Disc 1 and 8 on Disc 2, for a combined total of 84 minutes. The music ranges from jazz to classically-influenced and is sometimes lively and sometimes more meditative. The pieces flow from one to the next to tell a more complete story, but each piece is unique to the quotation that inspired it. It’s a fascinating journey through a collection of writings that influenced Mueller’s work and most likely his life as well. Like the music, the quotations are very diverse - sometimes ironic, sometimes tender and always thought-provoking. Afterwords is a unique project and a singular work of art.

"Afterwords" will definitely be on my list of Favorite Albums for the year! I give it my highest recommendation!
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Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

Afterwords - Tobin Mueller's Newest Album
Composer and pianist Tobin Mueller’s newest recording project, Afterwords, offers the listener a very personal odyssey combining the spoken word with original musical mediations, in what the composer, himself, calls “the soundtrack to an intellectual journey.” The 2-CD set features seventeen original piano compositions played by Mueller, himself, - each a metaphysical response to a thought or question posed in a literary text. The selection of texts is far-reaching, as are the varied musical styles Mueller chooses to embody his ideas, yet there is a cohesive sense of progression that gives the collection an organic wholeness. Unlike a song in which lyrics and music merge, Mueller’s compositions are conversations – not only between spoken and instrumental, but also between contrasting harmonies and musical themes. There is an overall sense of questing that propels the arc of the work, as the composer grapples with significant existential questions, never completely answering them, but rather inhabiting the space where they dwell. Mueller’s compositional vocabulary and his prowess as a pianist are eloquent and elegant, lively and whimsical, provocative and inspirational by turns. This is another highly original recording project – both demanding and accessibile - that will uplift the listener, challenge his philosophical perspectives, and stimulate his aural sensibility.
-Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold
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