Songs I Heard

Songs I Heard

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by Harry Connick Jr.
     
 

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Songs I Heard takes Harry Connick Jr. on a sentimental journey back to his childhood. On this delightful project, the singer/pianist reinterprets songs from musical films that affected him as an impressionable youth. Connick, acting as his own arranger, orchestrator, and conductor, puts lively and imaginative new spins on classics from The Wizard of Oz,See more details below

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Songs I Heard takes Harry Connick Jr. on a sentimental journey back to his childhood. On this delightful project, the singer/pianist reinterprets songs from musical films that affected him as an impressionable youth. Connick, acting as his own arranger, orchestrator, and conductor, puts lively and imaginative new spins on classics from The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Sound of Music, and Annie. Variety rules: “Supercalifragilsticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” are given funky New Orleans treatments; “Over the Rainbow” is lush and symphonic; “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” is given an Ellington-esque, all-instrumental treatment; “Golden Ticket/I Want It Now,” “Oompa Loompa,” and “Pure Imagination/Candy Man” are solo piano-and-voice performances. Each interpretation is heartfelt and intelligently approached: This isn’t a children’s album, though kids with alert musical taste will certainly enjoy it. Here, Connick has tapped into his inner child, and the results are evidence of distinct artistic maturation.

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This is a very entertaining session by Harry Connick, Jr., covering his favorite songs from movies and the stage. Although his vocals are the primary focus, he also plays piano, wrote all of the arrangements, and conducted both the orchestra and big band. The film Mary Poppins introduced "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "A Spoonful of Sugar," both of which are recast as lively New Orleans struts, featuring trumpeters (and fellow New Orleans natives) Kermit Ruffins and Leroy Jones, respectively, as well as a lush "Stay Awake," with Connick's vocal backed by strings and brass. Several songs from The Sound of Music are included: a delightful, well-crafted arrangement of "The Lonely Goatherd," the waltzing take of "Edelweiss" with a very formal orchestral setting, and a fun-filled "Do-Re-Mi" that starts off with duet bassist Neal "Sugar" Caine and gradually introduces additional soloists to the mix as the piece progresses until the full big band joins in, and then wraps with several amusing false endings. The Wizard of Oz is the source for the hilarious interpretation of "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" (primarily an instrumental feature with an imaginative Connick arrangement), a dramatic but nearly over-produced "Over the Rainbow," a campy but obscure song, "The Jitterbug" (which was dropped during the editing of the original film), and a rather laid-back version of "The Merry Old Land of Oz." It's easy to tell that Connick enjoyed making this CD, as the enthusiasm of everyone involved comes across in every track.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886977393723
catalogNumber:
773937
Rank:
102685

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Connick   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Vocals
William Parker   Horn
Emily Mitchell   Harp
Kermit Ruffins   Trumpet
Abe Appleman   Violin
Joe Barati   Bass Trombone
Julien Barber   Viola
Lucien Barbarin   Percussion
Diane Barere   Cello
Elena Barere   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Robert Carlisle   Horn
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Daniel Druckman   Percussion
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
David Finck   Bass
Barry Finclair   Violin
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier   Cymbals,Bass Drums
Philip Frazier   Sousaphone
Crystal Garner   Viola
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Marsha Heller   Oboe
Roger Ingram   Trumpet
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Leroy Jones   Trumpet
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Maria Kitsopoulos   Cello
Craig Klein   Trombone
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
Joe Magnarelli   Trumpet
Ajay Mallery   Snare Drums
Branford Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Dave Miller   Trombone
John Moses   Clarinet
Jan Mullen   Violin
Carol Pool   Violin
Nardo Poy   Viola
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Donna Tecco   Violin
Mitchell Weiss   Clarinet
Jerry Weldon   Tenor Saxophone
Ellen Westerman   Cello
Masako Yanagita   Violin
Rebecca Young   Viola
James Greene   Alto Saxophone
Mark Mullins   Trombone
James Pugh   Trombone
Avril Brown   Violin
Diane Lesser   Oboe
Craig Mumm   Viola
Carol Webb   Violin
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Maxine Roach   Viola
Jon Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Melissa Meel   Cello
Sarah Adams   Viola
Monica Gerard   Viola
Maura Giannini   Violin
Joel Pitchon   Violin
David Schumacher   Baritone Saxophone
Roberta Cooper   Cello
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Richard Hagen   Horn
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Yana Goichman   Violin
Laura McGinnis   Violin
Judith Sugarman   Bass
Marc Goldberg   Bassoon
Ned Goold   Tenor Saxophone
Karen Griffen   Flute
Adrian Benjamin   Viola
Erik Charleston   Percussion
Arthur Latin   Drums
Laura Oatts   Violin
Lawrence Glazener   Bass
Neal Caine   Bass
Vince Lionti   Viola
Ellen Payne   Violin
Stacey Shames   Harp

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   Arranger,Orchestration
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Vladimir Meller   Mastering
Anthony Newley   Composer
Gregg Rubin   Engineer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Martin Charnin   Composer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Alice Butts   Art Direction

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