Mark Rapp Trio
(Mark Rapp Website)
Special Guest, Wycliffe Gordon: Trombone
(Wycliffe Gordon Website)
Mark Rapp: Trumpet, Didgeridoo
Joe Kaplowitz: Keyboard
Kyle Struve: Drums
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
After Hours Set
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 3, 2005
This After-Hours set, with a hot, emerging trio, Mark Rapp on trumpet and didgeridoo (must be seen to be believed), Joe Kaplowitz on electric keyboard, Kyle Struve on drums, plus tonight’s special guest, the famed trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, was a serendipitous and sensational musical adventure. Rapp’s long, winding, Aboriginal didgeridoo added a visually and aesthetically riveting element to this late night performance. And, Wycliffe Gordon, who fused straight jazz to this cultural, sometimes new age music, with his tantalizing trombone, was another welcome surprise.
The set exuded an abstract ambiance, as keyboard and drums added soft, primitive effects. There were solos blended with soft brushes or hushed keyboard, and there was Wycliffe’s turn with outsized sound and volume, echoing and embroidering the theme with surprising gestures. Staccato ripples of swing evoked a New Orleans mood. Rapp likes to present one passage, with each musician taking a twist and turn of rhythm and tone, a fascinating interplay, as trumpet slides over the drums.
When the didgeridoo was center stage, the audience became even more engaged, as the long, wooden instrument exuded its exotic sound. Suddenly Wycliffe seized the lead, and the trumpet returned to converse with the trombone in a waterfall of rapid, raging notes. For updated listings of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, check out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website.
Wycliffe Gordon, Mark Rapp, Kyle Struve, Todd Barkan, Joe Kaplowitz
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower