Mark Rapp: 1st Minute, 1st Round

Track

1st Minute, 1st Round

Artist

Mark Rapp (trumpet, didgeridoo)

CD

Token Tales (Paved Earth)

Musicians:

Mark Rapp (trumpet, didgeridoo),

James Reynolds (keyboards), Gavin Fallow (bass), Kyle Struve (drums)

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Composed by Mark Rapp

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Recorded: New York, February 2007

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Did Miles ever employ a didgeridoo? Well, if he didn't, he should have. This tune totally cooks, thanks to a relentless groove provided by Mark Rapp and his rhythm section. Rapp rides over this groove with his trumpet, giving a kind of Miles electric-era feel minus the darkness. The horn solo's angularity and energy definitely amp up the slippery groove, so much so that it almost felt dirty! Not a bad thing in my book at all. At song's end, the energy is dialed back as a few subtle keyboard phrases echo out under the decaying trumpet pulse. Think of it as the happy and inverted cousin of Miles's "Jean Pierre."

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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