The Strayhorn Project

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington may still not be widely recognized by youth culture, as it was similarly by an older generation who found it too progressive. Saxophonist Don Braden and trumpeter Mark Rapp -- themselves from Gens X & Y - found it appropriate and a lot of fun to update Strayhorn's melodies with funkier beats and a fresh approach. With the exceptional pianist Gerald Clayton, Braden, and Rapp are really hitting on all cylinders during this exciting program of music taken from the '40s headlong into 2010. Their versions of "Rain Check" or a 6/8 metered reggae-flavored "Johnny Come Lately" could easily be heard in a dance hall. Centered ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington may still not be widely recognized by youth culture, as it was similarly by an older generation who found it too progressive. Saxophonist Don Braden and trumpeter Mark Rapp -- themselves from Gens X & Y - found it appropriate and a lot of fun to update Strayhorn's melodies with funkier beats and a fresh approach. With the exceptional pianist Gerald Clayton, Braden, and Rapp are really hitting on all cylinders during this exciting program of music taken from the '40s headlong into 2010. Their versions of "Rain Check" or a 6/8 metered reggae-flavored "Johnny Come Lately" could easily be heard in a dance hall. Centered in modal territory via Clayton's marvelously inventive piano, a take on Strayhorn and Ellington's immortal "Satin Doll" and "Isfahan," or the Latin-tinged, much more obscure "Lament for Javanette" -- a feature for young gun Rapp -- are precious reminders of how modernism from 50-plus years past is still able to be reinterpreted. Braden's tenor is always vital and substantive, but his flute playing bears close attention on the surreal "Daydream," and a Herbie Hancock "Maiden Voyage"-styled "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing." Rapp's playing is not so much distinctive as complementary to Braden, while vocalist Sachal Vasandani is also similarly included as a sidebar on three selections. Overall this is a very fine album offering plenty of surprises, and should deserve a follow-up with perhaps different composers in mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2010
  • Label: Premiere Music Solut
  • UPC: 643157409502
  • Catalog Number: 1400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rain Check - Braden-Rapp (6:25)
  2. 2 Isfaam - Braden-Rapp (5:50)
  3. 3 A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing - Braden-Rapp (5:57)
  4. 4 Something To Live For - Braden-Rapp (3:25)
  5. 5 Satin Doll - Braden-Rapp (6:15)
  6. 6 Daydream - Braden-Rapp (4:28)
  7. 7 Johnny Come Lately - Braden-Rapp (6:21)
  8. 8 Lament For Javanette - Braden-Rapp (4:45)
  9. 9 Chelsea Bridge - Braden-Rapp (4:39)
  10. 10 Pretty Girl/ Star Crossed Lovers - Braden-Rapp (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Braden Primary Artist, Flute, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Greg Gonzalez Drums
Rene Hart Bass
Sachal Vasandani Vocals
Gerald Clayton Piano
Mark Rapp Trumpet
Technical Credits
Don Braden Arranger
Barney Bigard Composer
Jim Czak Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Billy Terrell Producer
Willard Jenkins Liner Notes
Rene Hart Arranger
Sachal Vasandani Arranger
Mark Rapp Arranger
Gail Boyd Executive Producer
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