Jason Robert Brown sprung onto the Broadway scene 10 years and this collection is some of the best of his compositions from "The Last Five Years", "Songs For A New World", "Parade", "Urban Cowboy" and various songs that he has written for various projects. It's sophisticated, yet an absolute joy to play, perform or simply listen to.
Everyone song is a special little gem in itself. It also includes many songs that have never been available in print, like "See I'm Smiling", "The Picture Show" and the fun loving "Mr. Hopalong Heartbreak".
What excites me about this anthology is the inclusion of "Letting You Go", "Dreaming Wide Awake" and "If I Told You Now" from Lauren Kennedy's JRB album and also "Coming Together", "Getting Out" and "Someone To Fall Back On" (probably my favourite JRB song of all time - makes my heart skip a beat everytime I hear that song - musically and lyrically stunning).
All in all - a challenge and pleasure for all who play or perform this music.