I was first introduced to Harry Connick Jr. when watching "When Harry Met Sally", when the New Orleans crooner infused such standards as "It Had To Be You" with amazing style and pizzazz.
Since then I've been a fan, watching him in movies, on tv shows and in concert.
I was excited to get the opportunity to review his new cd, "Your Songs", which I received from The One2One Network.
Produced by Clive Davis, with appearances by Branford and Wynton Marsalis, "Your Songs" contains 14 contemporary pop classics orchestrated and performed by Harry Connick Jr.
This CD leaps off with a big band version of "All The Way" and it's one of my favorites. I'm a big fan of Ol' Blue Eyes and Harry does this timeless piece justice.
Harry's voice is smooth like a glass of Bailey's Irish Cream or Fred Astaire's dancing.
I also loved his version of "Who Can I Turn To" and "Smile".
Some that I didn't care for as much were more modern pieces like Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" or Elton John's "Your Song". With those, I liked the originals better and missed Harry's signature New Orleans flavor. The spice was lacking.
I did love "Besame Mucho", which Harry said he sang for his Pops who spent a lot of time in Spain in the '50's.
I feel that this is a good mix of songs with a romantic feel. Harry's voice smooths over a rough day and soothes and relaxes like a warm bubble bath.
While I do feel that this cd doesn't have as much of Harry's groove and spark as usual, I do feel that it is great for playing at a dinner party, having friends over, or when you just want to chill out and be mellow.
Lose yourself in the smoothness.
For a Behind the Scenes Look at 'Making of' the cd
To visit Harry’s website
And to check out his Facebook page
Look for "Your Songs" on Amazon and ITunes!