Here’s a nice chill out for a Friday night (and, it promotes a good charity, too):
I’ve long been a Harry Connick Jr. fan, ever since the Harry Met Sally soundtrack. Some dismiss him as "Sinatra light," but thats an unfair comparison. Connick has his own distinctive sound, plays a mean piano, and can put his mark on a tune with the best of them. His jazz piano work on Lofty’s Roach Souffle is quite good — the album made several best of lists (#94 of the Billboard 200). Oh, and its just 79 cents at Amazon, while the must have Harry Met Sally commands a premium price of 99 cents.
Connick just released two separate CDs — an instrumental album, and a vocal arrangement of his favorite New Orleans songs. Part of the proceeds of each go to the Musicians Village in New Orleans.
The early reviews are good: Its a return to Connick’s NOLA roots, an impressive collection full of great jazz hits, covers and original recordings honoring New Orleans, yet remains light-hearted and upbeat.
The "Big Band: that Connick assembled swings, and the album showcases New Orleans jazz in a great way.
The second disc is a bit more intriguing: Chanson du Vieux Carre.
Named for the storied old section of the French Quarter, if you liked Lofty’s Roach Souffle, or any of the Connick’s other swinging Jazz instrumentals, you should find this one interesting.
It is a largely instrumental big band session divided between originals and classics; The album feature his longtime trumpeter Leroy Jones, and trombonist Lucien Barbarin.