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Harry Connick, Jr. Trio: The Happy Elf
Author: George Harris
Date: December 8, 2011
There’s just something about Harry Connick Jr. that you just gotta love. He’s got great musical instincts, and a heart for service, as he’s shown by his unrelenting assistance for NO post Katrina. Here, he’s put together a disc that serves as a companion to his children’s book, just in time for the Christmas Season. The disc begins with Connick telling the story from the book, with background music supplied by himself and his regular team of Arthur Latin/dr and Neal Caine/b. After that, it’s strictly instrumentals, with the remaining dozen tunes spotlighting Connick’s clever writing skills, as well as his impressive chops. Tunes like “Santarrific” or “Bluesville” are sort of a mix of Thelonious Monk and Professor Longhair. A bit of a swagger, but happily elliptical. Kids will play the first song over and over, while adults will start at track 2 and have a great session.