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Rob Mullins :: Standards & More
by Aja Gladkikh

© 2006 Rob Mullins Entertainment
11 tks/68:55 min.
Rob Mullins – acoustic piano,
Jimmy Roberts – tenor sax,
David Levray – bass,
Evan Stone – drums.

Rob Mullins’ musical creation work and his career are very versatile – a pianist, composer, bandleader, sideman and educator. His name, perhaps, is little known in Russia in the wide popular ranges. But in hot distant Los Angeles Rob Mullins is a acknowledged musician, Grammy nominator. And he works with a famous flutist Hubert Laws, he collaborated and recorded with The Crusaders, Brandford Marsalis, Ronnie Laws, Diane Schuur, Dave Grusin.

This is his 16th album. Standards & More is confirming again, that the standards will live till there are those who wish to perform, to give a new life them, to “bear” them together with a time.

Rob Mullins has recorded 6 standards compositions and 4 author’s ones. You can find many interesting things on this CD. If you are in a romantic mood – play the refined ballads Angel Eyes (by R. Mullins) or When I Fall In Love. You will dip in a limpid sensual atmosphere of this music. There is nothing unnecessary. A melody reigns, plus exciting swing and the perfect solos and remarks form everyone. Do you want some hot? You’d love Caribbean rhythms in Iseland Girls (by R. Mullins) or bright blues Moanin’ with free decision.

I want to tell especially about Rob Mullins’ composer’s talent and improvisation way. His clear individual trait it is originality and non ordinarily. You can’ foresee a melody development or improvisation. But at the same time the finished solos give you a complete satisfaction.

A surprise of this long play it is Beethoven’s Fur Elise, one of the most familiar piano pieces. Rob Mullins gives you absolutely new version – in the most fast tempo, with funky rhythm and amazing performance and virtuoso players. It doesn’t ignore anyone – both jazz fans, and classical music fans. Anyway, this album gives you a reap pleasure. Perfect qualitative record, high professional musicians and a positive charge inside them – do you want something else?

By the way, the liner notes were written by Scott Yanow – a journalist and author of many jazz books.
published 10.02.2006© 2005 jazz news :: home page

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