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Smokey Mary

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Named after the famed New Orleans Mardi Gras parade float, Smokey Mary is singer/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s 2013 studio album. The release of the album coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras super krewe which Connick co-founded in 1993. Included on the album is the song, "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train," which Connick-penned in homage to the krewe's signature float.


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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00ARX2W0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Sampsell on February 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The album is just what a fan of Harry's comes to expect from him: excellent. This album is more like his She and Star Turtle albums, as previously stated, so if you don't care for those albums then you may want to pass on purhcasing. But Harry's always amazing talent and personality shine as bright as we've all come to expect. The musicians that are hired to back him on his albums and tours are always top-notch. And the quality of the recording is on par with the best out there today. Style preferece aside, this album is worth adding to your library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD
So much has been born and bred in the Crescent City besides the talented Harry Connick Jr. Jazz,the blues,rhythm & blues and funk all have a connective origin source somewhere in it's streets. All most people today can remember about the city is that Hurricane Katrina devastated and nearly destroyed the city almost nine years ago. Yet everyone from Satchmo himself,to Gino Vannelli with his Pauper in Paradise and even Harry himself with his Star Turtle have paid tribute to the atmosphere and the groove of the Mardi Gras,which one could call the power source for all the creative energy New Orleans has to offer. Well Harry is back under the influence of Fat Tuesday yet again with this album all the way.

The album opens with the title song,a vibrantly spirited R&B shuffle with a beautiful falsetto vocal harmony. "Hurricane" and "Cuddina Done It",with their hot horn charts and "Wish I Were Him" with it's almost stride style piano chords represent some of the finest examples of modern day,slow grooving,foot stomping Crescent City funk that one could imagine. 'S'pposed To Be" brings in the "big four" beat as they call it for a flat out ragtime/dixieland style groove that points to the threat connecting the earliest jazz to the earliest funk in terms of the rhythmic accents. "The Preacher" on the other hand comes straight out of the JB school whereas "Dang You Pretty" and "Angola (At The Farm)",with it's hard grooving guitar go right back to the heavy foot stomping funk.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on February 13, 2013
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Smokey Mary marks a departure for Harry Connick, Jr., at least as of late. 2009's Your Songs was slated in more of an easy listening, traditional pop vein. 2013's Smokey Mary amps up the funk and explores the sound of New Orleans in a more R&B and gospel fashion. Connick Jr. is no stranger to funk, drifting in that direction throughout his storied career in some facets. He very much keeps the rhythmic intensity high and flowing, managing to incorporate those signature syncopated rhythms into this effort. The results overall are solid, but Smokey Mary is by no means perfect; there are hits and good, but not valedictory cuts.

"Smokey Mary" opens compellingly, featuring an exceptional groove and an instantly noticeable change in sound for a Connick, Jr. album - specifically the use of organ. Regardless of the stylistic shift, things all fall "in the pocket" be it Connick's vocals, his bluesy piano playing, or the horn riffs. "Hurricane" continues in the jazz-funk idiom, using organ and electric guitar freely. While the funk aspect of this cut brings more of an electric element into Connick's music than usual, there is still a superb saxophone solo. Additionally, there is still a healthy array of jazz elements, including angularity of lines and rhythm.

"Cuddina Done It", one of the best songs of the effort, opens with Nawlin's R&B infused piano. The groove continues to be an allure, this time having some oppositional sense about it. The horns possess a bite about them and overall, Connick, Jr. really plays up the use of grooves/riffs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sarrah long on February 7, 2013
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Harry is one of the most talented arrangers, performers ever . I saw him conducting and writing charts for his big band orchestra in between live takes . And the talent just continues to shine with this cd . Another artist Brigitte Zarie only other artist I can think of who arranges and composes her own Jazz. No small feat . I'm sure they're are others, have yet to hear anything as great . Would love to see this CD come to life at a Live show .
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi2013 on February 6, 2013
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This CD was meant to play loud and find a reason...any reason...to celebrate life. I really enjoyed Harry's solo and big band work but I love the Mardi Gras sound that he presented with 1994's She record and later with Star Turtle. This music is part of his legacy...If you liked She and Star Turtle...GET THIS CD...especially for track 8 which features some smokin' guitar work by Sonny Landreth. My only complaint is that he used TWO songs from Star Turtle. I wish he would have taken more NOLA standards and included them...or re-recorded the last two tracks that were originally released on Star Turtle...That being said...so glad the "party" version of Harry is BACK!!!
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