Compare: Brother Soul

Compare: Brother Soul

Our arrangement… Lou Donaldson’s original… 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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...