Oh, My Nola

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Grammy winner Harry Connick Jr. delivers a heartfelt tribute to his struggling home town of New Orleans with Oh, My Nola. A set of classic songs associated with the city, the album also features four all-new tracks "All These People," "Oh, My Nola," "We Make a Lot of Love," and "Do Dat Thing". A portion of the album's proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, founded by Connick with friend and colleague Branford Marsalis. A concurrent release, Chanson du Vieux Carre, Connick's third CD on the Marsalis Music label, celebrates the city with big-band-style panache.
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Grammy winner Harry Connick Jr. delivers a heartfelt tribute to his struggling home town of New Orleans with Oh, My Nola. A set of classic songs associated with the city, the album also features four all-new tracks "All These People," "Oh, My Nola," "We Make a Lot of Love," and "Do Dat Thing". A portion of the album's proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, founded by Connick with friend and colleague Branford Marsalis. A concurrent release, Chanson du Vieux Carre, Connick's third CD on the Marsalis Music label, celebrates the city with big-band-style panache.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in the summer of 2005, musician Harry Connick, Jr. was one of the first people to lend not only his celebrity, but also his own two hands in aid to the survivors of the catastrophe. Connick brought a television crew with him as he traveled through his damaged hometown and shot footage to help draw attention to the situation. Soon after, he organized the benefit telethon A Concert for Hurricane Relief on NBC to raise money for the beleaguered residents of New Orleans. It was clear through all of this that Connick truly loved his hometown and perhaps even felt he owed the city a debt for all it had given to him. In that light, though he tastefully underplays his feelings about the tragedy, Connick's Oh, My Nola is clearly his response to Hurricane Katrina. But rather than making a one-note album filled with anger and sadness -- though he expresses those emotions here, too -- Oh, My Nola feels at once like a party-driven celebration of all that is New Orleans and a love letter to the city he almost lost. Featuring songs from, of, and about New Orleans, Oh, My Nola touches on almost every musical style that has come from the city and, in a similar sense, every style Connick has delved into over the years. For that reason it's both his most expansive and personal album to date, and finally finds the pianist/vocalist/arranger coalescing his eclectic tastes in jazz standards, stride piano, funk, Cajun, gospel, and contemporary pop under a unified vision that not surprisingly takes him back to the roots of New Orleans music. To these ends, he turns Allen Toussaint and Lee Dorsey's classic R&B cut "Working in the Coal Mine" into a swaggeringly funky big-band workout. Similarly inventive, he does Hughie Cannon's traditional "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" as a second-line-inspired big-band swing number reminiscent of his own When Harry Met Sally soundtrack. But while these numbers showcase Connick's obvious talent for arranging and crafting large ensemble numbers, other cuts such as the traditional "Careless Love" reveal his more laid-back, country-inflected barroom piano style that recalls his early solo albums 20 and 25. Mixing this approach, Connick once again returns to Toussaint with the spiritual and motivational "Yes We Can" in a loping and funky, large-ensemble style. Always a student of American popular song, it's no surprise that Connick's original compositions stand up next to the classic tracks here; however, it's also on these originals that he moves toward expressing his anger over what happened to the city. On the half-improvised, stark, and funky "All These People" Connick sings, "I was so damn scared I held hands and wandered with the crazy man, but he wasn't crazy and I wasn't scared/We were just brothers that stood there and stared at all those people waiting there." It's one of the few moments of outright protest on the album and deftly conveys Connick's first-hand account of post-hurricane New Orleans. However, listening to the whole of Oh, My Nola, it becomes clear that the true protest Connick is concerned with is a protest of the soul against events that conspire to erase all that we hold dear. This is best expressed in Connick's own title track. Set to a simple midtempo traditional New Orleans jazz beat, he sings, "How proud would Louie and Mahalia be, to know that their memory was safe with me?/Oh, my Nola, old and true and strong just like a tall magnolia tree/Sit me in the shade and I'm right where I belong/Oh, my New Orleans, wait for me."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828768885123
  • Catalog Number: 88851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Working in the Coal Mine (3:39)
  2. 2 Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey? (3:58)
  3. 3 Something You Got (3:26)
  4. 4 Let Them Talk (5:03)
  5. 5 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (3:41)
  6. 6 Careless Love (4:16)
  7. 7 All These People (4:14)
  8. 8 Yes We Can (4:32)
  9. 9 Someday (2:40)
  10. 10 Oh, My Nola (3:59)
  11. 11 Elijah Rock (4:45)
  12. 12 Sheik of Araby (4:59)
  13. 13 Lazy Bones (3:50)
  14. 14 We Make a Lot of Love (3:31)
  15. 15 Hello Dolly (4:26)
  16. 16 Do Dat Thing (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Derrick Gardner Trumpet
Roger Ingram Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jerry Weldon Tenor Saxophone
James Greene Alto Saxophone
David Schumacher Baritone Saxophone
Arthur Latin Percussion, Drums
Charles "Ned" Goold Alto Saxophone
Mike Karn Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Earl King Composer
Harry Connick Jr. Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Lee Dorsey Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Raymond Anthony Myles Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Lew Douglas Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Pearl King Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Traditional Composer
Hughie Cannon Composer
Martin Kaelin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry's done it again!

    This new release is WONDERFUL! Brings in some jazz and swing influence. His voice is so unique! A must for any Harry Connick jr. fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry hit this one right on the nose...

    I have loved Harry's work for years(in my opinion, he is one of the most under-appreciated musical artists ever), and this one showcases just what Harry is all about. You can tell this music comes deep from within his soul and he proves that he can do it all. There are up-beat songs that I am already singing over and over in my head, and the slower ones are wonderful as well. I hope I get the opportunity to see this tour, because this album rocks.

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    Posted July 28, 2009

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