A contemporary tribute to Ellington’s indispensable writing  partner Billy Strayhorn. Don Braden and Mark Rapp’s “The Strayhorn Project”  presents celebrated Strayhorn music, as well as some lesser-known gems (from Satin Doll to Lament for Javenette) that shine brightly in the hands of Don  Braden, Mark Rapp, Gerald Clayton, Sachal Vasandani and the band including Rene  Hart and Greg Gonzalez. Released digitally on Strayhorn’s birthday in 2009 and  later released on physical CD in 2010, these new arrangements by Gerald Clayton,  Don Braden, Mark Rapp and Rene Hart are nothing less than unique and impressive.