Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol. 2

Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol. 2

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by Harry Connick Jr.
     
 
Harry Connick, Jr.'s Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol.2, the follow-up to 2003's Other Hours: Connick on Piano, Vol. 1, finds the jazz pianist in an intimate duo setting with saxophonist and Marsalis Music label owner Branford Marsalis. While well known as a jazz vocalist, Connick's intention on these volumes is to focus solely on his abilities as both an

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Harry Connick, Jr.'s Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol.2, the follow-up to 2003's Other Hours: Connick on Piano, Vol. 1, finds the jazz pianist in an intimate duo setting with saxophonist and Marsalis Music label owner Branford Marsalis. While well known as a jazz vocalist, Connick's intention on these volumes is to focus solely on his abilities as both an instrumentalist and composer. As such, Occasion is a cerebral, intimate, and heartfelt recording with Connick and Marsalis holding musical "conversations" with each other on original songs. In fact, as with Other Hours, which featured songs culled from Connick's 2001 Tony-nominated musical Thou Shalt Not, many of the songs here play as instrumental readings of new American popular songs. Which is to say that Connick has a deft knack for sweet and gorgeous melody. Couple that with Marsalis' and Connick's superb improvisational chops and you get a supremely listenable "occasion" with both musicians feeding off each other's ideas with sensitivity and joy. To these ends, the sprightly and urbane title track written by Marsalis finds the duo swinging '30s style, while "I Like Love More" is a Broadway-worthy ballad evoking a romantic melancholia reminiscent of the best George Gershwin standards. Similarly, the classical-sounding "Steve Lacy" -- also written by Marsalis -- finds the reedman in impressionistic mood on the soprano sax, and "Remember the Tarpon" is a bluesy and darkly humorous off-kilter creeper featuring a Earl Hines-esque ending passage from Connick.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Marsalis Music
UPC:
0011661331327
catalogNumber:
613313

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Tracks

  1. Brown World  - Harry Connick
  2. Valentine's Day  - Harry Connick
  3. Occasion  - Harry Connick
  4. Spot  - Harry Connick
  5. I Like Love More  - Harry Connick
  6. All Things  - Harry Connick
  7. Win  - Harry Connick
  8. Virgoid  - Harry Connick
  9. Remember the Tarpon  - Harry Connick
  10. Lose  - Harry Connick
  11. Steve Lacy  - Harry Connick
  12. Chanson Du Vieux Carre  - Harry Connick
  13. Good To Be Home  - Harry Connick

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Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol. 2 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Year after year, I am more amazed by Harry. Instead of "selling out" and trying to make more marketable albums, he instead decides to stay true to his heart and to his musical calling. I find it sad that more people do not appreciate Harry's talent. I've actually had people ask me..."Harry's a musician? I thought he was an actor". That is sad. They don't know what they are missing. This album goes down like a fine wine--smooth and classy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harry Connick only improves with time, although I truly love his Red Light, Blue Light album (from the 90's). Harry is a gift to be appreciated as a performer and entertainer. He remains my favorite musician and singer and has earned his reputation an an accomplished entertainer. His concerts are not to be missed. Tour again, soon, Harry!
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