Tobin Mueller: Must Go Back


Must Go Back


Tobin Mueller (organ)


Rain Bather

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Tobin Mueller (organ), Chris Mueller (piano),

Jeff Cox (bass), Dane Richeson (drums)


Composed by Tobin Mueller


Recorded: Wisconsin, 2008


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Many of the cuts on keyboardist Tobin Mueller's Rain Bather are new jazz versions of tunes he wrote for his Broadway show Creature. Pianist Chris Mueller performed for that show, and so was extremely familiar with "Must Go Back." I point this out because it is the relationship between Mueller's B-3 and his nephew's acoustic piano that I find most intriguing. You don't hear those instruments engaged very often, especially in a band this small. On such a driving track, the Muellers' sound, in conjunction and disjunction, is quite unusual and captivating. The keyboards may have the same layout, but the approach to playing them is dissimilar. Nephew Mueller flies up and down his keys in a tour-de-force display of chops. Uncle Mueller holds back at times, supplying long B-3 sustain to bolster his nephew's romps. But he catches fire as well. Bassist Jeff Cox and drummer Dane Richeson are every bit as hot. This powerfully swinging tune may be performed by a quartet, but the band's force is greater than the sum of its parts. "Must Go Back" is a demand you cannot resist.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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