With the simultaneous releases of 30 and Songs I Heard, Harry Connick, Jr. has again found new ways to express himself artistically, while demonstrating the craftsmanship and work ethic of a virtuoso musician at the top of his game. The opening of "Thou Shalt Not" this fall marks Harry's debut as a composer of lyrics and music, orchestrater, and arranger for a major Broadway production. These projects add to a rich and multi-faceted body of work earning Harry the well-deserved reputation as one of the most accomplished young composers and performers of our time.
"It’s a fun record, but it’s definitely for adults, I take these songs seriously," says Harry of Songs I Heard, an innovative takes on works from classic movies and shows. The album is at times endearing, as when the familiar melody of the “Mary Poppins” classic “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is infused with the energy of a Mardi Gras street band, and at times poignant, as on the "Annie" ballad "Maybe." Harry breathes magic into the gem "Jitterbug," originally from the musical "Wizard of Oz" but omitted from the famous movie. Throughout, Songs I Heard portrays the clever arrangements, and captivating vocals that are Harry's trademark.
"I feel lucky to be able to do this for a living," he says. "And the success if anything brings more challenges, as I work with so many talented people and just try to keep up." As Harry pushes the boundaries of jazz, popular music, movies and Broadway on his most creative projects to date, it is clear he sets his own standard, and proves himself daily as a truly gifted artist and entertainer.
Musicians Harry Connick Jr. - Vocals, Piano Arthur Latin - Drums Neal Caine - Bass James Greene - Alto Sax Jon Gordon - Alto Sax Jerry Weldon - Tenor Sax Charles "Ned" Goold - Tenor Sax Dave Schumacher - Bari Sax Roger Ingram- Trumpet Tony Kadleck - Trumpet Leroy Jones - Trumpet Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet Mark Mullins - Trombone Dave Miller - Trombone Craig Klein - Trombone Joe Barati - Bass Trombone Lucien Barbarin - Percuussion Jonathan Dubose - Guitar (Over The Rainbow)
Production Credits Arranged, Orchestrated and Conducted by Harry Connick Jr. Produced by Tracey Freeman Recorded and Mixed by Gregg Rubin Mastered by Vlado Meller, Assisted by Steve Cadison Recorded at Manhattan Center Studios, NYC, July 23-26, 2001 Mastered at Sony Music Studios, NYC