It’s old news that Harry Connick Jr. is an accomplished pianist and a fine composer, but with this all-instrumental album he also asserts himself as an exemplary small-group leader. Interpreting tunes that he wrote for the Tony-nominated yet commercially unsuccessful musical Thou Shalt Not, Connick leads an alert quartet with vision and confidence. Connick has an agreeably eccentric piano style that brings together interesting influences, including Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk; thankfully, he avoids the post-bop clichés that stick to younger jazz pianists’ hands like glue. His compositions are often memorable -- as befits works that stemmed from a Broadway musical -- and Connick and his group feel comfortable enough with the material to thoughtfully expand on it. Bassist Neal Caine and drummer Arthur Latin II form a responsive and musical rhythm section, but the real treat is the understated tenor saxophone of Charles “Ned” Gold, whose theme statements and solos are consistent high points of a surprisingly striking project.
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What a waste should have been the title. So disappointing. Please do what I failed to do and listen to the samples of the cd before you waste your time and money.
I was just introduced to Harry Connick Jr. and "Other Hours" is my first purchase. I absolutely fell in love with it. It is wonderful music and I will certainly buy more of Mr. Connick's releases hoping that I will be just as pleased as with this one.
Without question, you'll be hearing this album in the near future upon venturing through the doors of your local--dare I say?--Barnes & Noble. WHY is simple. "Other Hours" is wonderful ambiance music. It's bass, drum kit, tenor sax and piano. What's not to like? I don't normally enjoy strictly "jazz" albums, but I made an exception for this CD, and have been rewarded. Even without vocals, this collection paints a nice portrait of Harry Connick's life-blood style, and puts him where he does best: at the piano, with three close friends. It's sophisticated music. It's thinking music. It's put-it-on-at-work-and-see-just-how-much-quality-work-you'll-get-done-w hile-listening music. Very nice. I'm enjoying "Other Hours" immensely