Mark Rapp: 1st Minute, 1st Round


1st Minute, 1st Round


Mark Rapp (trumpet, didgeridoo)


Token Tales (Paved Earth)


Mark Rapp (trumpet, didgeridoo),

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


Composed by Mark Rapp


Recorded: New York, February 2007


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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