Smokey Mary

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Named after the famed Mardi Gras train-engine parade float, singer/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s funk-oriented 2013 studio album Smokey Mary coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras super krewe that Connick co-founded in 1993. Perhaps Mardi Gras puts Connick in a funky mood, because the year after founding Krewe of Orpheus, Connick delivered the funk, pop, and soul album She. Ever since She, Connick has, now and again, dabbled in funk. He's best at playing funk when he combines it with the more roiling, bluesy aspects of New Orleans jazz and a danceable groove, as on the organ-heavy opener "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train," and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Named after the famed Mardi Gras train-engine parade float, singer/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s funk-oriented 2013 studio album Smokey Mary coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras super krewe that Connick co-founded in 1993. Perhaps Mardi Gras puts Connick in a funky mood, because the year after founding Krewe of Orpheus, Connick delivered the funk, pop, and soul album She. Ever since She, Connick has, now and again, dabbled in funk. He's best at playing funk when he combines it with the more roiling, bluesy aspects of New Orleans jazz and a danceable groove, as on the organ-heavy opener "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train," and the second-line, gospel-inflected number "S'posed to Be" featuring vocalist Tara Alexander. Elsewhere on Smokey Mary, Connick delves into a handful of original contemporary R&B-sounding numbers including "Wish I Were Him," "Dang You Pretty," and "Angola (At the Farm)." Helping bring out the album's high-energy party vibe is Connick's stellar backing ensemble, including such stand-out musicians as Preservation Hall trumpeter Mark Braud, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and percussionist Bill Summers, among others. Ultimately, Smokey Mary will probably play like the passing parade float it is named after, a lot of colorful, shiny fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 887654469823
  • Catalog Number: 544698
  • Sales rank: 33,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smokey Mary (3:43)
  2. 2 Hurricane (3:35)
  3. 3 Cuddina Done It (4:04)
  4. 4 Wish I Were Him (3:12)
  5. 5 S'posed to Be (3:37)
  6. 6 The Preacher (4:53)
  7. 7 Dang You Pretty (3:28)
  8. 8 Angola (At the Farm) (4:04)
  9. 9 Nola Girl (3:53)
  10. 10 Mind on the Matter (4:09)
  11. 11 City Beneath the Sea (5:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Hammond B3
Bill Summers Percussion
Sonny Landreth Guitar
Lucien Barbarin Trombone, Cymbals, Soloist
Bobby Campo Trumpet
Jonathan DuBose Jr. Guitar
Branford Marsalis Tenor Saxophone
George Porter Jr. Bass
Jerry Weldon Tenor Saxophone
Mark Mullins Trombone
Raymond Weber Drums
David Schumacher Baritone Saxophone
Dan Miller Trumpet
Kim Burrell Vocals
Jason Mingledorff Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Latin Drums
Neal Caine Bass
Mark Braud Trumpet
Tony Hall Bass, Vocals
Tara Alexander Background Vocals, Choir Director
Dwayne Williams Percussion
Alysha Umphress Background Vocals
Patti Adams Flute
The Frontline Vocal Movement Background Vocals
Jesse Mueller Background Vocals
Carondelet Chamber Strings
Technical Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Tracey Freeman Producer
Gregg Rubin Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Vlado Meller Mastering
Chris Finney Engineer
Vince Caro Engineer
Kyle Lamy Engineer
Scott Rissett Engineer
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