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Album Review

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 with 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, "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.

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Standards and More

I became a fan of Rob Mullins 12 years ago and have followed his gigs and recordings ever since. I was in the audience at Steamers in Fullerton, California, when Standards and More was recorded live. The gig was great, and I'm glad to say that the Standards and More recording is just as great. Highly recommended.

Fur Elise-Amazing Version!!!!!!!

Incredible live album! Rob's rendition of “Fur Elise” is INCREDIBLE as is his original composition “Island Girls”. “Standards & More” is one of Rob's best albums.

Biography

Born: 1958

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rob Mullins is a versatile keyboardist capable of playing both crossover and bop. Born in Enid, OK, Mullins spent time in Ontario, CA, before moving with his family to Denver when he was 14. He began playing drums when he was 11, but three years later when his leg was broken in a car accident, Mullins began playing piano. Mullins' parents loved jazz, so he was well acquainted with the music when at 16 he formed a jazz combo. He attended the University of Northern Colorado for a period, studied with...
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