The 5 Browns in Hollywood

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
As the 5 Browns' E1 Entertainment release The 5 Browns in Hollywood hit the stands, there was a flurry of articles going around examining the phenomenon that a one-time defining concern that a musician, particularly in the pop field, was guilty of "selling out" had ceased, in the 21st century, to be an issue. For some, the terms "selling out" and "going Hollywood" mean essentially the same thing, and yet by virtue of going Hollywood here, nothing could be further from the intentions of the 5 Browns in making this album. They grew up with, and continue to appreciate very deeply, the music in Hollywood films and The 5 Browns in Hollywood is a very sincere effort to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
As the 5 Browns' E1 Entertainment release The 5 Browns in Hollywood hit the stands, there was a flurry of articles going around examining the phenomenon that a one-time defining concern that a musician, particularly in the pop field, was guilty of "selling out" had ceased, in the 21st century, to be an issue. For some, the terms "selling out" and "going Hollywood" mean essentially the same thing, and yet by virtue of going Hollywood here, nothing could be further from the intentions of the 5 Browns in making this album. They grew up with, and continue to appreciate very deeply, the music in Hollywood films and The 5 Browns in Hollywood is a very sincere effort to extrapolate what they like about film music; it comes from a heartfelt place and makes for some exciting and attractive listening. In this collection, the various Browns appear singly, in sub-divisions, and full group mode and play their hearts out on a program -- largely arranged to some degree as is necessary -- made up of mostly classic and a few relatively contemporary film themes. There are many fine highlights here; the dynamic heft of the full group brings fire to suites based on Star Wars, Bernard Herrmann's themes for Hitchcock, some Disney tunes, and others. Exceptionally noteworthy among the smaller gatherings is Gregory Brown's sensitive take on Scott Joplin's "Mexican Serenade Solace" -- featured, you'll remember, in the 1973 Oscar winner The Sting -- and Ryan Brown's turn playing a fine solo arrangement of music from Philip Glass' score for The Hours. So many cheesy, half-hearted Hollywood-themed classical albums have appeared over the years that one could easily understand a little reticence in picking this one up, but there's absolutely no reason to avoid it; it's a strong effort, fun, and just about as entertaining as a good movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923204121
  • Catalog Number: 2041
  • Sales rank: 121,232

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 5 Browns Primary Artist, Ensemble
Deondra Brown Piano
Gregory Brown Piano
Melody Brown Piano
Desirae Brown Piano
Ryan Brown Piano
Technical Credits
Nino Rota Composer
Philip Glass Composer
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Scott Joplin Composer
John Williams [composer] Composer
Harold Arlen Original Material
Richard Rodgers Composer
Stephen Hough Arranger
Joel Diamond Executive Producer
Bernard Herrmann Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
Alan Menken Original Material
Michael Riesman Arranger
Richard M. Sherman Original Material
Robert B. Sherman Original Material
David Frost Producer
Frank Churchill Original Material
Royal S. Brown Liner Notes
Nico Muhly Arranger
Dario Marianelli Composer
Elizabeth Sobol Executive Producer
Greg Anderson Arranger, Composer
Steven Gates Executive Producer
Susan Napodano Delgiorno Executive Producer
Patrick Russ Arranger
Jeffrey Shumway Arranger
Tim Martyn Engineer
Jordyn Hill Piano Assistance
Tabitha Davidson Piano Assistance
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The 5 Browns are Fabulous

    These young people are incredibly talented. Listening to them is always like a little retreat, an oasis of beauty and peace.

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