Brian Stokes Mitchell

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It's no surprise that the premier leading man of the Broadway stage has a flair for great theatrical song. On his debut album as a solo artist, this veteran of such acclaimed revivals as Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, and the televised version of South Pacific takes on meaty repertoire from the pen of such giants as Gershwin ("How Long Has This Been Going On"), Bernstein ("Something's Coming"), and Coleman ("The Best Is Yet to Come"), as well as the contemporary master Adam Guettel ("How Glory Goes"). But pride of place goes to Stephen Sondheim, whose masterpieces -- "Pretty Women," "Losing My Mind," "Another Hundred People" (skillfully interpolated with the Ellington...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It's no surprise that the premier leading man of the Broadway stage has a flair for great theatrical song. On his debut album as a solo artist, this veteran of such acclaimed revivals as Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha, and the televised version of South Pacific takes on meaty repertoire from the pen of such giants as Gershwin ("How Long Has This Been Going On"), Bernstein ("Something's Coming"), and Coleman ("The Best Is Yet to Come"), as well as the contemporary master Adam Guettel ("How Glory Goes"). But pride of place goes to Stephen Sondheim, whose masterpieces -- "Pretty Women," "Losing My Mind," "Another Hundred People" (skillfully interpolated with the Ellington theme song "Take the A Train"), and "Being Alive" -- are given gloriously robust and emotive readings by Stokes Mitchell. It's every Broadway musical performer's dream to establish a foothold with a larger listening audience; judging from this on-target project, this exuberantly talented singer has a clear shot at it.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Brian Stokes Mitchell's first solo album has been a long time coming and, as revealed in the annotations, a long time in preparation; recording spread over nearly six years, from April 2000 to January 2006. As Mitchell notes, during that period he was busy doing other things, notably appearing in Broadway musicals and performing on their cast albums. As he is too modest to point out, he also became Broadway's biggest male star by reinventing such shows as Man of La Mancha and South Pacific. Not surprisingly, his debut album revisits more Broadway material, which is given fresh orchestrations by several hands, including his own. But while his singing is always expressive and elastic, the results are not always impressive. "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, which leads things off, is given an arrangement that would place it seamlessly on a Lionel Richie album of the 1980s, and other songs, such as "The Best Is Yet to Come" and "How Long Has This Been Going On?," have been done so many times by now that there may be no good new ways to do them. Even a master of reinvention like Mitchell can only add his renditions to the already huge pile. More effective are the less familiar songs he can dig his teeth into, such as the vibrant "Life Is Sweet" and the gospel-tinged closer, John Bucchino's "Grateful." Another success is the intermingling of Billy Strayhorn's Duke Ellington anthem "Take the 'A' Train" with Stephen Sondheim's "Another Hundred People." But Mitchell shies away from doing big, dramatic performances here. There's no "This Nearly Was Mine," as there was in his South Pacific, and no "The Impossible Dream" either. He has a lot more voice than he displays on this album, and it may leave his musical theater fans wondering why more of his abilities were not used.
Billboard - Kerri Mason
Brian Stokes Mitchell is...a performer with enough appeal to make a new generation love theater.... It's a different take on the same old material by an artist capable of doing it in the expected way.
San Francisco Chronicle - David Weigand
[Mitchell] has a big voice and a big talent that, for the most part, translate very well to his first solo CD.

Brian Stokes Mitchell is...a performer with enough appeal to make a new generation love theater.... It's a different take on the same old material by an artist capable of doing it in the expected way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 828768098028
  • Catalog Number: 80980

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Stokes Mitchell Primary Artist, Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals
Mark Egan Acoustic Bass
Scott Kreitzer Woodwind
Walt Weiskopf Woodwind
Marva Hicks Choir, Chorus
Steve Bargonetti Guitar
Kamau Adilifu Trumpet
Randy Andos Trombone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Kenny Berger Woodwind
Herb Besson Trombone
Brian Brake Drums
Ben Brown Bass, Acoustic Bass
Joe Cocuzzo Drums
Barry Danielian Trumpet
Don Sebesky Conductor
Andy Ezrin Piano
David Finck Bass, Acoustic Bass
Yaron Gershovsky Piano
Brian Grice Drums
Juliet Haffner Viola
Aaron Heick Woodwind
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Birch Johnson Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Zev Katz Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jeanne LeBlanc Celli
Adriane Lenox Choir, Chorus
Jay Leonhart Bass, Acoustic Bass
Rob Mathes Guitar, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Lee Musiker Piano
Sandra Park Violin, Concert Master
Jerry Peel French Horn
Shawn Pelton Drums
Carol Pool Violin
Mike Renzi Piano
Greg Ruvolo Trumpet
Andy Snitzer Saxophone, Woodwind
Yergenia Strenger Violin
Scott Wendholt Trumpet
Buddy Williams Drums
Shelley Woodworth English Horn, Oboe
Laura Frautschi Violin
Jim Hynes Trumpet
Edward Aaron Celli
Richard Brice Viola
Avril Brown Violin
Dan Warner Guitar
Marion Pinheiro Violin
Todd Reynolds Violin
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Dave Rogers Trumpet
Charles Pillow Saxophone, Woodwind
Daniel Culpepper French Horn
Margaret Magill Violin
Xin Zhao Violin
Larry Hochman Conductor
Ralph Farris Viola
Sharon Yamada Violin
Capathia Jenkins Choir, Chorus
Shayna Steele Choir, Chorus
Daniel Panner Viola
Danielle Greaves Choir, Chorus
Marco Lienhard Shakuhachi, Woodwind
Jeff Nelson & Covenant Trombone
Nick Cords Viola
Vivek Kamath Viola
George Flynn Trombone, Bass Trombone
Chester Gregory Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Lim Dutton Violin
Susan Heerema Violin
Nyjah Moore Westbrooks Choir, Chorus
Wen Qian Violin
David Andrew Mann Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Woodwind
Michael Roth Violin
Bill Hayes Percussion
Technical Credits
John Bucchino Arranger
Joe Arlotta Engineer
Jim Czak Engineer
Don Sebesky Arranger, Orchestration
Arthur Friedman Engineer
Rob Mathes Arranger, Orchestration
Mike Renzi Arranger
Doug Sax Mastering
Wayne Warnecke Engineer
Larry Hochman Orchestration
Jan Folkson Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Michael McElroy Vocal Arrangements
C. Duane Coleman Composer
Brian Stokes Mitchell Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
A. Judson Green Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding....in every way...

    This premier CD is an example of a true musical genius....such as we seldom hear. not only is his voice exceptional but his arrangements give a whole new flavor to these songs. He has surely taken Gershwin, and all others to new heights...Best of luck to him in all he attempts...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Master at work

    The man is one of the best baritones Broadway's ever seen and this CD shows why. Not only does he sing, but he arranged and/or conducts almost every song!

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    Posted October 7, 2011

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