Harry Connick, Jr. – We Are In Love (1990) [Reissue 2000]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:17 minutes | Scans included | 2,12 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 940 MB
Swing, Vocal Jazz, New Orleans
Harry Connick Jr. has a rare gift for summoning the style of classic 1940s saloon singing, hinting at Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and especially Dick Haymes, without engaging in actual impersonation. What’s more uncanny still is his songwriting, an idiomatic command of the standards that often summons some of the rhythmic ease of Gershwin, the tunefulness of Jerome Kern, and the wit of Cole Porter. Both his singing and songwriting talents are evident on this CD, recorded in 1990 when Connick was just 22. Its emphasis is squarely on the subject of love, both on the ballads and some harder swinging tunes, and Connick’s voice shines on original songs and the standards “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and Porter’s “It’s All Right with Me.” Connick’s voice and piano are ably supported by bassist Ben Wolfe, drummer Shannon Powell, and a string section, while there are some good jazz solos by regular associate Russell Malone on guitar and guest Branford Marsalis on tenor and soprano saxophones.
At one point in 1990, two Harry Connick, Jr. albums were released almost simultaneously, an instrumental outing with his trio (Lofty’s Roach Souffle) and this vocal-oriented album. Oddly enough We Are in Love is the more successful of the two. Connick’s vocals, while limited, are personable, guitarist Russell Malone gets in some short solos and Branford Marsalis makes two strong guest appearances (one apiece on tenor and soprano). Most selections utilize an orchestra and, although Connick is heard on piano, the emphasis is on his voice. He contributed most of the tunes but the high points are the two standards “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “It’s Alright with Me”.
01. We Are In Love
02. Only ‘Cause I Don’t Have You
03. Recipe For Love
05. Forever, For Now
06. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
08. Just A Boy
09. I’ve Got A Great Idea
10. I’ll Dream Of You Again
11. It’s Alright With Me
12. Buried In Blue
Produced by Marc Shaiman and Harry Connick Jr.
Authored for SACD by Woody Pornpitaksuk.
Harry Connick Jr. – Piano, Vocals
Branford Marsalis – Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax
Russell Malone – Guitar
Benjamin Jonah Wolfe – Bass
Shannon Powell – Drums