Compare: Raincheck

Compare: Raincheck

Mark Rapp’s arrangement… Billy Strayhorn’s original… 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...
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....
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...
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,...
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...
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...