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Harry Connick is heard in three roles on this CD. As a jazz pianist, he makes some cameo appearances and shows that his playing has evolved a bit from his earlier years. Connick has matured as a vocalist, and he sounds fine backed by a string orchestra and his quartet, never stretching himself. All ten selections (ballads dealing with love) are his originals, and he displays some talent as a composer/lyricist/arranger, although it is doubtful that any of these numbers will become standards in the future. A more interesting set overall than his preceding pop date, To See You is a step in the right direction for Harry Connick, Jr., and also features brief, warm tenor solos from Charles Goold.
Slow and sensual, Harry Connick Jr.'s ode to love is a shock to those accustomed to the pop stylings of his best-known work. In spirit, To See You represents a return to Connick's prestardom self, reflecting the imaginative musicality of that edgier sensibility. Yet Connick shows off a matured ability for composition and arrangement, creating poignant tapestries for his love-struck protagonists. On "Heart Beyond Repair," Connick confidently backs off midway through a torch-song vocal, giving saxophonist Charles Goold room to blow seductively through to a quiet swing groove. Connick lets the song fade in and out, finding a mysterious rhythm in the quiet patches, only to bring back that croon for a final coda. Elsewhere, the inventive use of the orchestra colors "Love Me Some You" with abrupt tonal and dynamic shifts, enhancing the song's jazzy, sometimes dissonant core. In exploring the oldest subject matter known to humanity, Connick has a trustworthy muse with which to experiment. Fortunately, his exploration of the heart yields riches of tuneful discovery. --Matthew Cooke
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Columbia
- Original Release Date : 1997
- Run time : 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Columbia
- ASIN : B000002C42
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #262,282 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Nice, too, that he doesn't hog the spotlight with vocals. There's a lot of excellent instrumental music in here, too...the tracks are long and luscious and an interesting and welcome departure from what we have typically come to expect from this solid artist.
A nice surprise and a CD you will enjoy.
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ハリーのスイングやバラード、ブルース等がお聴きになりたいのであれば、このCDより少し前の｢We are in Love｣や｢Blue right, Red right｣などがお勧めです。