Sunday, May 24, 2015

AccuRadio Song of The Day-Harry Connick Jr.

Artist:Harry Connick Jr.
Song:Come By Me
Album:Come By Me

These days Harry Connick Jr.'s most high profile gig is as a judge on the fading American Idol. That show is mainly aimed at kids who may not be familiar with Connick's career as a jazz artist. This 1999 album marked Connick's return to the big band sound he enjoys so much. And there's an orchestra on it as well. The song Come By Me is one he still performs as he did last year on American Idol. In the late 90s, Connick had been with Columbia Records for over a decade. And his albums always did well in the Jazz and Adult Contemporary markets. So label brass left him alone and let him record whatever he wanted. He was also acting in movies. His 1994 funk album she was certified Platinum and then he took time to appear in films like Independence Day and Hope Floats. But Connick always returned to music. He had previously recorded with a big band for the 1991 album Blue Light, Red Light which was very successful. So he returned to big band music for the 1999 album Come By Me and he formed a big band for touring. Five of the songs including Come By Me are original songs and the rest are standards. Key musicians in the big band included Charnett Moffett on bass and Arthur Latin on drums. Connick played piano himself and there was a huge horn section. The album was very successful. It topped the jazz charts, was certified Gold and was nominated for a Grammy. It's available as a budget CD. Connick wouldn't record again for two years as he wrote the score for the Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not and starred with Glenn Close in the ABC TV production of the musical South Pacific. It just shows how versatile he is. Here's the video for Come By Me by Harry Connick Jr.

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