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 expertly on a fine selection of songs. Six of the eleven tunes on Good Eats are compositions of Lou Donaldson, so there’s a lot of soul in the mix. With all the Donaldson tunes, it’s all the better that saxophonist Don Braden is a featured quest. The sentimental favorite tune for me is the winning Quincy Jones song “The Streetbeater,” better known as the theme song to Sanford and Son.
Review by Mark E Hayes
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