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Chanson Du Vieux Carre

Harry Connick Jr.Audio CD
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Harry Connick, Jr.'s career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy and Emmy awards, a starring role in a Tony-winning Broadway musical and much more. A true American icon, there are few artists of Harry's stature, and fewer still with such a comprehensive span of the entire realm of entertainment.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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As a Sinatra-molded swinger, Harry Connick, Jr. may have had some of his thunder stolen by young star Michael Buble. But with his raved-about performance on Broadway in Pajama Game and his continuing development as a jazz pianist, he's doing quite nicely, thank you. Chanson du Vieux Carre is one of two new simultaneously released big band tributes to his hometown of New Orleans by him. Released on Marsalis Music, it is a largely instrumental big band session divided between originals and classics that shows off his writing and arranging skills while featuring his longtime trumpeter Leroy Jones and trombonist Lucien Barbarin on incidental vocals. (Connick is in full vocal mode on Oh, My Nola, released by his longtime "A" label, Columbia.) Though his surprisingly few turns at the piano are mostly Basie-like in their edgy economy, his coloristic, sectional approach on tunes such as his own "Luscious" and Hoagy Carmichael's "New Orleans" evokes Duke Ellington. Named for the storied old section of the French Quarter, the album takes a few songs to get going, but once it does, it has plenty of spark and swagger--and heart. The ghostlike background voicings on Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" seem to embody spirits of New Orleans past while it's always great to hear Connick honor his onetime mentor, Professor Longhair, on Longhair's bumptious "Mardis Gras in New Orleans." --Lloyd Sachs

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Conceived and executed well before Hurricane Katrina, Chanson Du Vieux Carr‚ features Connick and his seventeenpiece band primarily in an instrumental setting, with two vocal tracks by band members Leroy Jones on 'Bourbon Street Parade' and Lucien Barbarin on 'Lucious.' A portion of the proceeds will benefit New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, the project conceived by Connick and Marsalis Music founder Branford Marsalis to provide affordable housing in the city's Upper Ninth Ward for displaced musicians and other needy families. Includes: 'Someday You'll Be Sorry,' 'Panama,' 'Ash Wednesday' and more.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swings with authority. February 2, 2007
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I've been eagerly awaiting more instrumental material from Harry Connick Jr. This disc doesn't let me down one bit.

In the liner notes, Harry talks about his decision to record the album after a tour, as opposed to the more standard practice of recording before. He says he felt that the band would be tighter. He was right. The opening notes of the first track prove this. You will know what I mean when you hear it.

I also bought Oh My NOLA and it is good, but it doesn't swing like Chanson du Vieux Carre. If you liked Lofty's Roach Souffle, or any of the other instrumental discs, you will LOVE this one. This album is a tribute to the Crescent City so many tracks have that New Orleans sound but it doesn't sound like a Zatarain's Jambalaya commercial. Which is good.

You can add this one to your collection of brilliant jazz performances by Mr. Connick. Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet New Orleans jazz April 18, 2007
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"Chanson Du Vieux Carre" is wonderful, traditional New Orleans jazz. Classic pieces written by jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael are inter-mingled with Connick compositions that not only pay homage but sound right at home next to the old favorites. This was recorded in 2003, according to Connick's liner notes, during the same studio sessions in which he and his band recorded "Harry for the Holidays," and "Only You." For the most part, this album is without vocals, with notable exceptions on "Someday You'll Be Sorry," "Luscious" (sung by trombone-player extraordinaire Lucien Barbarin), and "Bourbon Street Parade," which showcases trumpet-player Leroy Jones. The haunting Connick title composition was previously released on the album "Occasion," a piano/saxophone pairing with Branford Marsalis. If you're looking for songs you can sing along with, don't miss "Oh My Nola," the Connick album released on the same day as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Connick, Jr.- Chanson du Vieux Carre May 1, 2007
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I have mixed feelings about Harry Connick, Jr. The jazz lover in me often pleads with other aficionado's to not shoot the innovative piano player, but please off the reckless crooner Connick can be.

Fortunately, Connick sticks to the ivories in his more lucid moments and on his latest effort, Chanson du Vieux Carre', he makes his grand piano perform wondrous magic along with his sensational big band.

Chanson du Vieux Carre' is a tribute to New Orleans and the cross cultural hybrid of blues, old time spirituals, and honky-tonk that earned the moniker of New Orleans jazz. Connick and his band rip several pages from past giants such as Louis Armstrong and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to make Chanson, however, this doesn't diminish the amazing power and overflowing spirit that lifts Chanson du Vieux Carre' to masterpiece status.

Like many of Connick's past big band efforts, he is nearly imperceptible, working as a small piece of an ensemble musical landscape. The band features some incredible players, including regular Arthur Latin on drums, Dave Schumacher on baritone saxophone, Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, John Allred, and the incomparable Lucien Barbarin on trombones, Jerry Weldon and Mike Karn on tenor sax, and the steady backbeat of Neil Caine's standup bass. Together, they navigate the salty waters of standards like Armstrong's "Someday You'll Be Sorry", Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur", Hoagy Carmichael's "New Orleans", and Sammy Cahn's "I Still Get Jealous"; plus about half dozen of Connick's original compositions. Each song is arranged brilliantly, making the most of the steamy sensuality of Crescent City jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OH my!!! April 11, 2007
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What an enjoyable CD!!! Who doesn't steal the show on this one? Everyone, Leroy Jones, Lucien Barbarin, Craig Klein, Ned, Neal -- they are all at the top of the game. And yes, Mr. Connick can play a little too! :)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic big band swing. January 29, 2014
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Do you like Woody Herman, Count Basie,? Then you,ll love this album. Great chops on all members. The sound mix is fantastic and Mr Connick knows his piano. Excellent album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Harry July 29, 2013
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I have known of Harry since he was ten years old,incredible talent
what great musician,and he gets better with time.
Congratulations Harry and please keep entertaining us for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite February 18, 2013
By Allison
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I love Harry Connick Jr. and I love this cd. This is the second copy I bought. Highly recommeneded. very pleased
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4.0 out of 5 stars See What Happens April 18, 2007
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It's been rumored that reviewers in these parts can get away with making passing references to *other* titles that cross their minds while enjoying the release at hand. Proof of that can be seen elsewhere on this very page, and it's a great thing. Here's the kicker - go so far as to actually "insert a product link" and your review will be deemed subversive, doomed to censorship at best, and probably completely annihilated by the time you come around to looking at it again. So here goes nothing...

"Chanson du Vieux Carré" is a wonderful collection of Crescent City big-band charts by Mr. Connick, Jr. and company. Having nothing to do with Katrina as the sessions themselves date back to 2003, you can nevertheless feel the teamwork and dedication put forth by players who respect each other and love the music they are making. Turns out that having this disc handy provides one with the perfect tonic for a fine gin like Tom Sancton's 2006 account "Song For My Father: A New Orleans Story in Black and White" (Other Press). Later we'll add a product link here and see if the whole review dies.

How about one more? Fans of Harry Connick, Jr. the pianist and composer can also be abundantly rewarded for their time and effort by another of his instrumental albums from yesteryear, "Lofty's Roach Soufflé", a trio outing on Columbia made in 1990 that reveals the not-so-subtle impact of Thelonious Monk on Connick's music-making. It's lots of fun, as is "Chanson". Both come highly recommended. Now watch - soon as we add a link for LRS this thing is DOA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice album, a bit of a departure from previous releases...
I am pleased that I bought this album. I think that the arrangements are fresh and interesting. And the tracks with vocals (by band members, not Harry) are really fun. Read more
Published on April 6, 2008 by J. Drechsel
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Sessions
This album presents a fantastic blend of big-band and funky New Orleans jazz. A great tribute to the city of that gave birth to it all. Read more
Published on April 5, 2008 by Scott C. Osborn
3.0 out of 5 stars big band sounds of new orleans
a collection of standard and non-standard arrangements that remind HCJ of New Orleans. The journey of the album seems to bring about an eclectic view of a city built beneath the... Read more
Published on January 14, 2008 by Benjamin C. Fulford
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Harry Connick jr. is comming to Copenhagen later this month. I hope he will play some tunes from this CD.
Published on October 5, 2007 by Peter DK
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Harry does a great job with this intrumental CD. A true taste of New Orleans and a great pair with "Oh My NOLA".
Published on August 25, 2007 by Janna
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Jazz
Another great album in the Connick series. This one is more upbeat than Other Hours and alomost as good. If you don't have Other Hours, get that one too.
Published on June 30, 2007 by Harold M. Blasco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
No vocals from Harry, but it's great to hear his band at the forefront. Very unique and interesting arranging.
Published on May 12, 2007 by Timmy
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