Compare: Raincheck

Compare: Raincheck

Daring to arrange Strayhorn’s gems, Don Braden, Gerald Clayton, Sachal Vasandani, bassist Rene Hart and I, took on the challenge with respect and enthusiasm. The result is a collection of some of the must unique and hip modern arrangements to date.

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Compare: Isfahan

Compare: Isfahan

Mark Rapp's arrangement… Billy Strayhorn's original… This arrangement was either loved or disliked by the critics - there was no in between. Those who liked it, enjoyed the night and day differences and originality of the work. Additionally, it was with honor and...

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Compare: Incense & Peppermints

Compare: Incense & Peppermints

Mark Rapp arrangement… Strawberry Alarm Clock original… When Producer Billy Terrell suggested this tune to me I was both bewildered and yet gunning for the challenge. It turned into a very fun and effective arrangement staying true to the vibe and melody then...

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Compare: Cissy Strut

Compare: Cissy Strut

Mark Rapp's arrangement… The Funky Meters' original… I "grew-up" in New Orleans. What I mean is, I earned my Masters in Jazz from the University of New Orleans under the tutelage of Ellis Marsalis and lived, played, worked, breathed and was totally absorbed in...

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Compare: Packt Like Sardines

Compare: Packt Like Sardines

TSP's arrangement… Radiohead's original… Derek Lee Bronston brought this tune to one of our gigs years ago and it has slowly morphed over the years. Then, when faced with recording "Art of the Song, vol. 1" we took the opportunity to polish it up and present our...

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Compare: Circle of Life

Compare: Circle of Life

Mark Rapp Group's arrangement… Elton John's original… Bassist Rene Hart brought in this arrangement for us to record as part of our contribution to the Disney Jazz release (Feb 2011) "Everybody Wants to be a Cat". Rene and I have played together for years and he knows...

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Compare: Spaceman Twist

Compare: Spaceman Twist

Our arrangement… Lou Donaldson's original… This is a blues tune with a fun, running melody and has one of many of Lou's thoughtful, relaxed and in-the-pocket solos on record. When I first heard Spaceman Twist, I knew I wanted to record it as part of our Good Eats...

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Compare: One Cylinder

Compare: One Cylinder

Our arrangement… Lou Donaldson's original… We had so much fun exploring the music of Lou Donaldson while digging into his vast catalogue of tunes and ultimately recording nearly a dozen of his gems. Some we purposefully approached historically while others we...

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Compare: Elizabeth

Compare: Elizabeth

Due to the specific rhythmic flavor of the original, it seemed there was no other way to play it. I wrestled with this one for awhile, but much like our version of One Cylinder, it was only when we came together as a band that this unique and beautiful approach come to life.

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Compare: Brother Soul

Compare: Brother Soul

This is one of my favorite tracks on our Good Eats record. The vibe of this arrangement is intense, cool, worldly – very hip and funky. And with its myriad of influences – middle-eastern, australian, deep south groove – it expands its reach to encompass a spirit of soul and brotherhood around the globe

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