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Harry Connick Jr.

Other Hours

Marsalis Music/Rounder 116 613 304-2

 

 

    1. What A waste
    2. Such Love
    3. Take advantage
    4. How About Tonight
    5. Sovereign Lover
    6. My Little World
    7. Oh, My Dear
    8. Can’t We Tell
    9. Dumb Luck
    10. Oh! Ain’t That Sweet
    11. The Other Hours
    12. Your Own Private Love

Harry Connick Jr. – piano

Charles "Ned" Goold – tenor

Neal Caine – bass

Arthur Latin II – drums

Harry Connick Jr originally wrote the music for this album for the 2001 Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not. This album however was not recorded until February of this year. Harry Connick Jr is an amazing musical performer, he is a fine pianist, an impressive composer and arranger and he has the kind of personality that the earlier jazz giants like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington enjoyed. When Harry is present every concert is something special; he always gives 150% on each appearance.

He has also assembled a great bunch of sidemen for this his first small group jazz recordings. I suspect that Charles Goold plays alto not tenor as the sleeve not implies. Because all the tunes are new to me, I felt like I needed to hear the album a number of times to consider their value, but they are certainly full of interest. I would like to hear the same band play a set of standards, I can imagine that there would be some similarities to Brubeck with Desmond. Not that I would expect harry to slavishly copy anyone, e is too good for that and the remark is intended as a complement! Neal Caine and Athur Latin II play their supporting role very well; they are ideal for this combination.

The sleeve note says that harry intends to make more small group recordings, I hope he does and he uses the same musicians.

Don Mather

 

 



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