Jason Robert Brown has been hailed as "one of Broadway's smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim" (Philadelphia Inquirer), and his "extraordinary, jubilant theater music" (Chicago Tribune) has been heard all over the world, whether in one of the hundreds of productions of his musicals every year or in his own incendiary live performances. The New York Times refers to Jason as "a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical."
JRB’s first solo album, released in 2005, and featuring JRB as a vocalist, pianist, arranger and writer, with his trio the Caucasian Rhythm Kings as well as a full symphony orchestra and choir. Special guest singer Lillias White contributes a scintillating vocal to “Coming Together,” a song written to commemorate the events of 9/11. The album offers a wide variety of styles and feels, produced by JRB’s longtime collaborator Jeffrey Lesser.
1. Someone Else's Clothes
2. Long Long Road
4. Getting Out
6. Music Of Heaven
7. Nothing In Common
8. I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You
9. I'm In Bizness
10. Coming Together
11. Grow Old With Me
"The hippest of the new generation of Broadway composers, Jason Robert Brown breaks through with his first solo album, Wearing Someone Else's Clothes. Collecting songs written between 1996 and 2004, it's an eclectic mix of rock, gospel, funk, and jazz that won't surprise anyone familiar with his musicals, particularly his song cycle Songs for a New World. As a performer and a writer, Brown will draw the inevitable comparisons to Billy Joel's "angry young man" storytelling style (particularly with "Getting Out"), but he also seems to be picking up the baton from Stephen Schwartz, a well-known musical theater composer (Godspell, Wicked) who has had some success in the pianist-singer-songwriter realm. Brown and his band, the Caucasian Rhythm Kings, are frequent performers, and the numbers have a live excitement to them, often stretching out over five minutes. "Over" is a moving anti-war statement, and "Someone to Fall Back On" recalls the yearning passion of New World's "I'd Give It All for You." Guest artists include Lillias White, jazz guitarist Howard Alden, and a studio choir comprised of Brown's theater peers such as Rebecca Luker, Jessica Molaskey, Alice Ripley, and Matt Bogart. Wearing Someone Else's Clothes is an engaging and rewarding album, but that doesn't mean we can't still anxiously await Brown's next musical." --David Horiuchi / Amazon.com