The Story

Bewitched “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” is a show tune and popular song from the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey and is one of the most loved songs of the Great American Songbook. It is a classic and revered Jazz Standard that has been recorded by the best, most loved performers and musicians.

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Mark Rapp thoughtsI’m still blown away how our recordings sound so “in the moment” and there’s no reason anyone would ever guess we were thousands of miles apart when we recorded each of our parts. This truly is a fascinating and fun project. I hope you enjoyed Song 1, our duo version of “Thank You” from my debut record “Token Tales.” Song 2, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” has been sung by everyone from Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Carly Simon, Sinead O’Connor to Ella Fitzgerald. And man, after hearing Ella’s version of this beautiful, beautiful song, why would I ever think of playing it on the trumpet?! It is a wonderful song and after much consideration, Derek and I decided to go after it for the Song Project. I wasn’t brought up on the Great American Songbook, nor have I ever tried to be a Jazz Standards player per se. I’ve always done my own thing, played my own music, wrote my own tunes and so, it was a welcomed challenge to present this amazing song – especially within our exposed, warm and minimal orchestration. Once we started, it flowed so well. I hope you’ll agree, it is an eloquent, rich and very expressive version. Thanks and enjoy!

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Derek Lee thoughtsPeople who think of me as primarily an aggressive guitarist might be surprised by the fact that I love such a sweet sounding song, but it’s true. The first time I played this song was with a great singer and improviser Donna Jewel in the mid 90′s (couldn’t find a hyperlink, but trust me she rules). Since then, I’ve always had a thing for it. I really thought this was a good for Mark and I, and had the idea of the 2 simple contrapuntal acoustic guitars working against his great sound. We just tried to keep it simple and stick to the concept of blurring the lines between improvisation and composition. Hope you enjoy it.