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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 reinvented and presented our own spicey twists and turns. “One Cylinder” posed particular challenges…

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Disney does Jazz: Everybody Wants to be a Cat

    Disney does Jazz: Everybody Wants to be a Cat

    Everybody Wants To Be A Cat features performances by numerous jazz artists who are active today, including Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Mark Rapp, Dianne Reeves, Roberta Gambarini, the Bad Plus, Nikki Yanofsky, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Carter, Gilad Hekselman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Alfredo Rodriguez. Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat…

  • Jazz Christmas Charts

    Jazz Christmas Charts

    Download the PDF here: http://markrapp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Rapp_Christmas_Tunes.pdf In preparation of upcoming holiday events, I arranged a handful of Christmas charts, Jazz christmas lead sheets. Keep in my mind, these were created specifically for my band – so these charts are very bare-bones and minimal. They provide a skeleton from which we’ll have fun reinventing and playing them…

  • “My Funny Valentine” Mashup

    “My Funny Valentine” Mashup

    A unique web feature built by the artist themselves featuring tweets mentioning the words “My Funny Valentine”, YouTube videos, a www.rdio.com playlist of over 30 versions and a free mp3 download. http://vday.thesongproject.net pulls in live feeds of Twitter users saying or mentioning the words “My Funny Valentine”, as well as, selected YouTube videos featuring the…

  • Share the Thanks Web App

    Share the Thanks Web App

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, jazz trumpeter and composer Mark Rapp launched a simple, but effective, web app to spread the feeling of thanks and gratitude. It features an original composition by Rapp appropriately named “Thank You” which was recorded and released on the trumpeter’s debut CD “Token Tales” (Paved Earth Music, 2009). You can…

  • Good Eats (2011) – an AllAboutJazz.com Review

    Good Eats (2011) – an AllAboutJazz.com Review

    Legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson doesn’t subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach in his own music making. His oeuvre, which spans more than half a century, touches on bop, hard bop, soul-jazz, and funk, with each setting allowing for a different aspect of his musical personality to shine. In crafting a tribute to Donaldson, trumpeter Mark Rapp…

  • Serving up a savory, fun mix of tunes

    Serving up a savory, fun mix of tunes

    Serving up a savory, fun mix of tunes is Mark Rapp’s Melting Pot on their new release Good Eats (Dinemec). For my taste, you can’t go wrong with a classic organ trio — deployed here in the form of Joe Kaplowitz (keys), Ahmad Mansour (guitar), and Klemens Markti (drums) — and trumpeter Rapp handles himself…

  • Blue Note Jazz Festival

    Blue Note Jazz Festival

    Mark Rapp & Derek Lee Bronston’s “The Song Project” is set to play on Sunday, June 5th as part of the Blue Note Jazz festival in New York. Blue Note is expanding its doors throughout New York during the month of June 2011 for the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival. The Festival will feature numerous…

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