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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886977393723
  • Catalog Number: 773937
  • Sales rank: 94,950

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Connick Jr. 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I thought it would be cheesy, but it's a lot of fun!

    I really enjoy listening to these songs.. he does a great job with them, some better than the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry's creative genious soars

    Harry sounds awesome! Some of the most creative arrangements of these well-known pieces I've ever heard. I just wish there were more soloists from his amazing band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    S'Wonderful!

    Harry's musical genius shines again! Every track is a wonderful surprise, taking songs from shows we remember as kids and ''kicking them up a notch'' with New Orleans jazz and FABULOUS musicians (all our favorites: Lucien, Leroy, Goold, Schumacher and all the others I don't have space to list). This is just a really fun CD that my 15-month-old and my 10-year-old enjoy just as much as their parents do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true delight

    This is arguably Harry's best album since ''We Are In Love''. His renditions of these film classics from Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka, the Sound of Music, the Wizard of Oz, and Annie are delightful, although I would have preferred hearing a total version of ''Pure Imagination'' and ''Golden Ticket'', rather than in a medley. The Willy Wonka songs have long been ignored, but Harry shows full appreciation of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect introduction to Jazz/Big Band for children

    Big fan of Harry Jr and my children enjoy it with me. Big hit in the car to pass the time - they already know the songs ! Stay Awake is a ''must hear''. Fabulous album.

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