Braden-Rapp: The Strayhorn Project

Braden-Rapp: The Strayhorn Project

A contemporary tribute to Ellington’s indispensable writing partner Billy Strayhorn. The set is made up of a batch of familiar Strayhorn music, as well as some lesser-known gems (from Satin Doll to Lament for Javenette) that shine brightly in the hands of Don...
Token Tales

Token Tales

Critically-loved debut recording by Mark Rapp Modern jazz, groove jazz… whatever you call it, it’s damn good music. Songs include: Who’s the Man? ’Nuff Time Thank You Mr. Tricky Cissy Strut Token Tales Incense and Peppermints 1st Minute, 1st Round My Place...
Incense and Peppermints: cover song

Incense and Peppermints: cover song

I didn’t know until researching it that Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ’60s pop smash “Incense and Peppermints” was originally supposed to be an instrumental. According to some band members, the vocals were foisted upon them by management in an...
‘Trumpetman’ brings fine art to CD package

‘Trumpetman’ brings fine art to CD package

Music and art often go hand-in-hand, but rarely fit together as well as on acclaimed young jazz trumpet player Mark Rapp’s debut album from last year, Token Tales. The CD cover featured a color photo of Rapp with horn on a gray background showing a surreal...
Token Tales review (JazzTimes.com)

Token Tales review (JazzTimes.com)

Mark Rapp’s debut album Token Tales shows many different facets of this trumpeter’s pioneering ways as he crafts a smooth jazz relaxer in “Thank You,” jumps into a funky rapport with his band in “Who’s The Man?” and articulates creamy soul-jazz lifts along “Mr....