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The Song Project: Rapp, Bronston and Burroughs

2016 December 5

Jazz trio The Song Project (not to be confused with John Zorn’s The Song Project) recently was at the Velvet Note in Alpharetta playing music from the band’s latest CD “Cinema Paradiso,” as well as original tunes and their arrangements of compositions by Horace Silver, Monk, Bird, Prez, Dizzy and Charlie Hayden.

Mark Rapp, who has a master’s degree in jazz and studied with Ellis Marsalis, played trumpet and flugelhorn, and brought some non-traditional sounds to the music. He used a sound pedal that made some tunes swirl and echo like waves of wind and blew through a square-like pipe resembling a flat cowbell that he called a didgeridoo, which sometimes sounded like throat singing or a rumbling ocean. One tune swerved into a rock-and-roll stroll with Chris Burroughs on drums and Derek Lee Bronston playing something that reminded me of Hendrix.  TSP has played at Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note and the Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Listen to their music here:

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