Only You

Only You

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by Harry Connick Jr.
     
 

Harry Connick Jr. was on the standards tip long before pop crooners like Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, and the like decided to mine the Great American Songbook for all it was worth. Only You includes a few durable tunes that have lost none of their luster over the ensuing decades: “My Blue Heaven,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “The Very Thought ofSee more details below

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Harry Connick Jr. was on the standards tip long before pop crooners like Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, and the like decided to mine the Great American Songbook for all it was worth. Only You includes a few durable tunes that have lost none of their luster over the ensuing decades: “My Blue Heaven,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “The Very Thought of You.” Unsurprisingly, Connick handles these with taste and enthusiasm -- again, songs of this grand tradition have long been the foundation of his art, and he knows how to put them across. But Connick, an eclectic musician who has branched out in interesting directions over the years, uses this album to consciously expand his repertoire to include superior pop songs from the past 40-plus years, including the Platters hit “My Prayer,” the Ray Charles chestnut “You Don’t Know Me,” the Drifters's “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” and the title track. (The New Orleans favorite “All These Things” is a wonderful left-field choice.) No matter the provenance, he imbues each with the Connick touch. The lineup's more contemporary feel gives the album a distinctive flavor -- this isn’t Connick jumping on any bandwagon. As his many fans will attest, he doesn’t have to.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Featuring ballads from the '50s and '60s, Only You finds vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr. further developing his contemporary crooner aesthetic. Having begun his career covering popular songs from the '20s through the '40s, it's surprising that Connick never before explored tunes from the baby boomer era. In some ways, it's almost as if he skipped the period altogether, moving from the '40s to the '70s between 1992's 25, his last jazz standards album, and 1994's She, his move to funk and pop. It was a jarring creative leap that many fans found too far to make with him. It's pleasing then, that Connick has found ways to incorporate his love of the Great American Songbook and straight-ahead jazz in a style that harks back to jazz's golden era without being retro. Only You showcases this, soaring on Connick's sophisticated and classy arrangements of such popular tunes as "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Save the Last Dance for Me," and "More." From his cinematic bossa nova take of "My Blue Heaven," replete with pizzicato string backgrounds, to his inspirational gospel-inflected version of "For Once in My Life," Connick's vision for these classic songs is singular and fresh.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969055120
catalogNumber:
90551
Rank:
25061

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Tracks

  1. More
  2. The Very Thought of You
  3. Save the Last Dance for Me
  4. My Blue Heaven
  5. You Don't Know Me
  6. All These Things
  7. For Once in My Life
  8. Only You
  9. My Prayer
  10. Other Hours
  11. I Only Have Eyes for You
  12. Good Night My Love (Pleasant Dreams)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Connick   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Vocals,Musician
Bruce Dukov   Strings,Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Joe Barati   Bass Trombone,Band
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
George Doering   Guitar
Derrick Gardner   Trumpet,Band
Endre Granat   Strings,Concert Master
Roger Ingram   Trumpet,Band
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello,Soloist
Joe Magnarelli   Trumpet,Band
Jerry Weldon   Tenor Saxophone,Band,Soloist
James Greene   Alto Saxophone,Band
Mark Mullins   Trombone,Band
John Allred   Trombone,Band
David Schumacher   Baritone Saxophone,Band,Soloist
Arthur Latin   Drums,Musician
Charles "Ned" Goold   Alto Saxophone,Band
Neal Caine   Bass,Musician
Jimmy Greene   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Harry Connick   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Orchestration
Ray Noble   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Norman Newell   Composer
Riz Ortolani   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Gregg Rubin   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
George Whiting   Composer
Ron Miller   Composer
C. Walker   Composer
Nino Oliviero   Composer
George Matola   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Orlando Murden   Composer
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Marcello Ciorciolini   Composer
Ande Rand   Composer

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