Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • UPC: 011661331327
  • Catalog Number: 613313
  • Sales rank: 154,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brown World (4:40)
  2. 2 Valentine's Day (5:13)
  3. 3 Occasion (3:01)
  4. 4 Spot (5:56)
  5. 5 I Like Love More (5:05)
  6. 6 All Things (5:58)
  7. 7 Win (6:03)
  8. 8 Virgoid (5:56)
  9. 9 Remember the Tarpon (7:07)
  10. 10 Lose (4:40)
  11. 11 Steve Lacy (4:10)
  12. 12 Chanson Du Vieux Carre (3:00)
  13. 13 Good To Be Home (5:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Primary Artist, Piano
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Technical Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Liner Notes
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tracey Freeman Producer, Audio Production
Branford Marsalis Producer, Audio Production
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Rob "Wacko" Hunter Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry Does What He Wants...And Scores Again

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Musician and Entertainer!

    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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