Rob Mullins-jazz piano
During his productive career as a pianist, composer,
bandleader and educator, 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 pianistJoe 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.
"I remember one night in the 80's where the pianists were Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Joe Sample, Steve Allen, and myself. That kind of stuff only happens in L.A. or New York."
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
Rob Mullins-solo performer, also Rob Mullins Band, Rob Mullins Quartet
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Solo Artist Discography
Books by Rob Mullins
Jazz Piano Voicings-Hal Leonard Corp.
Let’s Play Jazz-RME Publishing
The Blues Step by Step-RME Publishing
Jazz Piano Etudes-RME Publishing