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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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  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marsalis Music/Rounder
  • ASIN: B0009A1AGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Featuring 13 original compositions, 'Occasion' showcases Harry's piano talents in new duo recordings with Branford Marsalis. Includes 'Brown World', 'Valentine's Day', 'Occasion', 'Spot' and many more. Rounder. 2005.

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This new recording by pianist/vocalist/actor Harry Connick recording on Branford Marsalis's label, is a delightful and diverse, thirteen track saxophone/piano duet. In this setting, these New Orleans homeboys display their dizzying interplay and invention with the kind of ease that can only come from years of friendship. Marsalis’s throaty tenor and silken soprano lines blend beautifully with Connick’s Errol Garner meets Thelonious Monk and Professor Longhair pianisms. On "Valentine’s Day" and "Virgoid" Connick’s left hand is steady, with a trace of the Latin tinge. It's beautifully contrasted by the the Broadway-type tunes, "I Like Love More" and "All Things." The pianist's performance on Marsalis’s "Steve Lacy" – an atmospheric elegy to the late sax giant – and the boppish title track -- proves that, to the contrary, familiarity breeds good jazz, not contempt. It also reminds us that there’s more to Connick than Independence Day, When Harry Met Sally, or Hope Floats. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By TucsonJohn on August 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I knew Branford Marsalis was an incredible musician, but I thought Connick was another story. Some decent acting now and then and an OK singing voice. But my wife loved his piano, so I bought her this CD (which I'm playing again as I type this). Marsalis wrote both the title song and "Steve Lacy" and Connick penned the rest. My sincere apology to Harry C--you are indeed an immensely gifted musician! From the dark and haunting "Chanson du Vieux Carre" and the pensive "Steve Lacy" to the light and spirited "Brown World," this saxophone-Steinway duo is perfect jazz. If OCCASION were a vinyl LP, I'd have worn out my turntable!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CKevin on June 16, 2005
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Every album from Harry is different from the one before. Sometimes the experiment doesn't work (like that Star Turtle thing) but most are great. This one's really good. Very low production, just Marsalis and Harry playing together. But they're both excellent. Wonder why Branford doesn't get more billing on this project, on many of the songs he carries the melody line. No matter, it's a good effort from both.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ariella Vaccarino- creator of "Voice Lessons To Go" on November 10, 2005
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I saw a concert with Connick a few years ago in which he went from piano to piano on stage and played so amazingly. Before that I never knew what an amazing musician he was, )I had thought of him mainly as a singer). This CD totally shows off what Harry can do. We all know about Marsalis's mastery but know we hear how Connick can match up with the best with out even using his voice. Awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur J. Carvajal on July 4, 2007
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Wow, I could go on for days about this album. The instrumentation is perfect, even just being a piano and a sax. Any more would almost certainly detract from the musical freedom that's so obvious in these songs. Each section of each song speaks, and has its own flavor, section for section. After a run through or so, you'll be able to easily identify each song, an occasional difficulty for newbies to jazz. The melodic lines really shine on this work, too. A lot of improvisational jazz is pretty much devoid of a solid, workable melody, replaced instead by a rambling string of notes that's not cohesive enough for the lay listener. Of course, there are a few good jazz solos to be heard, but they are just that, solos, and they embellish the song instead of taking it over, add to the mood (take the "Valentine's Day" solo at 2:26). If you're into jazz, this album's outstanding, and if you're not, listen to it and try not to appreciate two guys pulling off the same (or more) as a full band.
My faves: Occasion, Spot, Remember the Tarpon, I Like Love More, Valentine's Day (this one was really enjoyable; the tension is obvious from the first note - a bit of humor, perhaps, in naming it so)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Perini on June 17, 2012
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Harry Connick is a talented entertainer. I first started listening to him around the time his albums "20" and "When Harry Met Sally" were released. As his popularity grew, his music seemed to move away from jazz and towards more popular pop/swing settings. So I missed out on Occasion when it was first released, only recently picking it up when I learned that it was a duo album with Branford Marsalis, who I consider one of the modern masters of jazz.

The music is terrific, featuring easy-going, thoughtful duos between Harry and Branford. Branford contributes two songs, and Harry is responsible for the remainder. This album is a worthy companion to the duo album Branford released with Joe Calderazzo (Songs of Mirth and Melancholy).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ariella Vaccarino creator of Voice Lessons To Go v.1&.2 on May 19, 2006
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I saw a concert with Connick a few years ago in which he went from piano to piano on stage and played so amazingly. Before that I never knew what an amazing musician he was, )I had thought of him mainly as a singer). This CD totally shows off what Harry can do. We all know about Marsalis's mastery but know we hear how Connick can match up with the best with out even using his voice. Awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Daley on October 13, 2006
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This album is fantastic but I was expecting more Harry. Obviously he's on every track, it is his album after all, but Branford really steals this album. His sax is great, and this album made me a fan of his. I love Harry, but some of his piano on this disc is too simple and at times it blends in so much you almost forget its there. All around good album.
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