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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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Sara Caswell proves she is as versatile as she is gifted as a violinist and composer. She radiates elegance (as on the title track) waxes thoughtful ("Black Is the Color…
Michael Lampert’s case for the electric mandolin taking a prominent place in progressive jazz music is solid. The sound of his instrument can be compared to a high-pitch…
At first listen, Joe Finn’s guitar playing is sweet and charming. It is smooth and fluid, not complicated, heady or stylized. Nice, yes, but listen more closely and what…
Who says Canadians can’t sing the blues? Brian Blain, born in rural Quebec and active in the music scene for forty years, possesses a "northern" style that gives him a c…
The influence of Latin and Afro-Cuban music on jazz goes way back, but the mambo craze exploded in the 1950s. The Jazz Orquestas collection is a tasty assortment of perf…
Kriztal Entertainment and Nik Weston, seasoned DJ and music collector, put together this compilation of electronic underground tracks from the "Land of the Rising Sun." …
A lot of funky grooves to chew on this disc. "Between the Two" and "Blooze!" are Susman originals. Sandwiched in between is a great version of Miles Davis’ "All Blues" a…
Rob Susman, trombonist for little big band, Swingadelic, hails from New York. He has appeared in many music festivals around the world and has played with artists like B…
29.01.2011

Mark Rapp

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
On the first day of school, parents often tell their children to just be themselves, and Mark Rapp must have taken that sage advice to heart because he has followed it steadfastly right into adulthood. Rapp began playing the trumpet seriously in high school and reveals that he always had the intention of composing his own material. His debut album, Token Tales not only showcases his talents as a trumpet player but also as a bandleader and a prolific composer. Rapp discloses how he found h …
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