Harry Connick, Jr.

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In 1991 Harry Connick, Jr. toured with a big band. Unfortunately the presence of the orchestra seemed to result in an inflated ego, for Connick rarely allowed his sidemen an opportunity to be featured. On this forgettable CD he wrote all 12 selections (none of which caught on) and mostly uses the big band as a prop behind his Frank Sinatra-inspired vocals. Connick's piano playing is greatly de-emphasized and, although there are some names among the backup players (particularly guitarist Russell Malone and, buried in the trumpet section, Leroy Jones), the show is for better or worse (mostly the latter) a showcase for Harry Connick; so what was the purpose of hiring 14 horns?

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