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.
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. Marsaliss throaty tenor and silken soprano lines blend beautifully with Connicks Errol Garner
meets Thelonious Monk
and Professor Longhair
pianisms. On "Valentines Day" and "Virgoid" Connicks 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 Marsaliss "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 theres more to Connick than Independence Day
, When Harry Met Sally
, or Hope Floats
. --Eugene Holley, Jr.