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Standards & More (Live)

by Rob Mullins

Straight Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Blues, Classic Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Introduction by James Janiesse KKJZ Radio Rob Mullins Quartet
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2. Bb Major Etude Rob Mullins Quartet
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7:11 album only
3. Angel Eyes Rob Mullins Quartet
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4. Fur Elise Rob Mullins Quartet
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2:36 album only
5. Moanin' Rob Mullins Quartet
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6. In A Sentimental Mood Rob Mullins Quartet
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7. Giant Steps Rob Mullins Quartet
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8. When I Fall In Love Rob Mullins Quartet
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9. Monk's Ghost Rob Mullins Quartet
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10. Island Girls Rob Mullins Quartet
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11. J.R.'s Blues Rob Mullins Quartet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ROB MULLINS QUARTET: "Standards and More" Live Recording
Piano-Rob Mullins, Tenor Sax-Jimmy Roberts, Bass-David Levray, Drums-Evan Stone


REVIEWS:BEST OF 2006-All About Jazz
"Highly recommended"-All Music Guide
"5 Stars!"-Jon Gilbert-EJazznews
"It’s good to hear a local Southern California musician playing the small club scene break out with a solid, swinging CD."-Larry Taylor-Jazz Review
"Standards & More, recorded at Orange County's top jazz
club Steamer's, is arguably the pianist's strongest "straight ahead" jazz recording to date. Certainly fans of bebop will enjoy this outing, but so too
will Mullins' longtime followers, for his wit, swing and creativity
are very much in evidence."-Scott Yanow

SONGS:

1. Introduction by James Janisse
2. Bb Major Etude (Mullins)
3. Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis) All Music Guide PICK
4. Fur Elise (Beethoven arr. Mullins)
5. Moanin' (Bobby Timmons)
6. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington)
7. Giant Steps (Coltrane) All Music Guide PICK
8. When I Fall In Love (Heyman, Young)
9. Monk's Ghost (Mullins) All Music Guide PICK
10. Island Girls (Mullins)
11. J.R.'s Blues (Mullins)

BAND WEBSITE: www.planetmullins.com

More REVIEWS:

"With almost two decades under his belt, Mullins is often one of those jazz piano cats that you don't know you know but you recognize the sound. Like many others, here's a cat with chops to spare that is being pushed to go DIY and knows how to make the best use of that freedom from restriction and interference. Never pushing his chops for the sake of pushing them, he can apply his magic equally to originals, jazz classics or classics. A nicely well rounded date that has the right moves and grooves and is simply fun to listen to."-Midwest Record Recap

"I love it!! I relegate my readers to check it out. He seems to be able to cross demographic lines with his eclectic pianist style & I suggest that he¹ll keep his artistic position (in the future) among the musical intelligentia."-George W. Carroll, the Musician's Omnisbudsman

"It's a pleasure to hear jazz that swings, instead of the moronic drivel
one hears these days. Jimmy Roberts and the ensemble were a blast.
Best, John Gilbert"-ejazznews.com

"A gifted improvisor who can tiptoe or stomp."-San Francisco Chronicle

More reviews: visit planetmullins.com!

LINER NOTES By Scott Yanow-All Music Guide

During his productive career as a pianist, composer,
bandleader andeducator, Rob Mullins has performed
in many different settings and styles.

His versatile approach has allowed him to erase
the artificial boundary linebetween "contemporary"
and "traditional" jazz, sounding like himself in all idioms.

Standards & More, recorded at Orange County's top jazz
club Steamer's, is arguably the pianist's strongest
"straight ahead" jazz recording to date.
Certainly fans of bebop will enjoy this outing, but so too
will Mullins' longtime followers, for his wit, swing and creativity
are very much in evidence.

"While I have made a lot of recordings that were live
in the studio," says Mullins, "this album is my first one
live in front of an audience in a club. You can hear the
glasses clicking and the excitement in the room."

Standards & More has six familiar songs given fresh
treatments plus four of the pianist's originals.

Mullins played drums for three years starting when
he was 11 and traveled with a rock band called The Barons.
But due to some health problems, he switched to the piano
when he was 14. By the time he was 16, he was leading
a jazz combo and making a name for himself in the Denver
area. Mullins attended the University of Northern Colorado,
studied with George Russell in New York and in Denver started
his own record company, RMC Records. Since moving back to
Southern California, he has become a fixture in local clubs,
continued recording highly enjoyable CDs, and has developed
into a well- respected and busy educator who has thus far
written four books. He has also been composing for the Mullins
Masterworks Series, classical music adaptations written
in a modern way.

In addition to his work with his own groups, Rob Mullins has
worked with a notable list of major musicians including Branford
Marsalis, Kirk Whalum,Ronnie Laws, the late Spike Robinson,
Brian Bromberg, the Crusaders (in pianist Joe Sample's former
spot for three years), the Rippingtons, Diane Schuur and Dave
Grusin in addition to taking a recent tour of Russia with Hubert Laws.

For the future, Rob Mullins wants to "expand the fan base of
good music around the world and stimulate interest in jazz
as a uniquely American art form."

When one considers how much fun Standards & More is,
balancing accessible grooves and melodies with spontaneous
creativity, it is obvious that the pianist is uniquely qualified
to achieve his goals."-Scott Yanow


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LA Jazz Fan

Best live jazz album I've heard in years!
I have been going to watch Rob Mullins perform around Los Angeles California for years, and this is the first CD of his that really captures what he sounds like and how he plays. Most of the others are more tame, and this has the raw edge that really excites an audience. Five Stars-Laura in OC

Rick Anderson

Highly recommended by All Music Guide
Pianist Rob Mullins' sixteenth album as a leader is only his second really straight-ahead jazz project, and it's about as straight-ahead as they come: leading a traditional quartet (with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Roberts, bassist David Levray and drummer Evan Stone) he delivers a solid live set of standards and old-fashioned originals, all of them played with wit and innovative energy but also wth unflagging respect for tradition. The album opens awkwardly, with a long and completely unnecessary band introduction, but it picks up quickly with Mullins' own "Bb Major Etude", a bright and happy celebration of the bebop sound. Following a lovely (if not exactly revelatory) take on "Angel Eyes", the band swings mightily through a jazz adaptation of Beethoven's "Für Elise", and then stomps into a fine rendition of the hard-bop classic "Moanin'". Other highlights include an homage to Thelonious Monk titled "Monk's Ghost" and a calypso-flavored original titled "Island Girls". But even on the less unique and revelatory material, the band's sheer joy at playing together makes everything on this album a pleasure to hear. Highly recommended.-Rick Andersen All Music Guide

Rebecca Baker

Rob Mullins is the pianist's pianist---superb and classy!
This CD shows Rob's passion for classic jazz while incorporating the elements of contemporary smooth jazz, as well. It is hard to pick one "best" song as all are in their own way reflective of his artistic genius! It is a real delight to the listener and sure to please anyone who likes good musical talent superbly played.

B. Huffin

Great CD!
Never having the opportunity to see or hear Rob Mullins live I really enjoyed this album. I been a Rob Mullins fan since his first album 5th gear back in 1989. He's a genuis.

Vincent Gordon


I like this cd by Rob Mullins it is a great cd I have a lot of ablums,and cds by him.I knew this one will be great too.