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Harry Connick Jr.: That Would Be Me

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Musically speaking, Harry Connick Jr. has shaped a remarkably chameleonic career over the course of three decades: jazz singer and pianist, pop crooner, Hollywood balladeer and Broadway belter, all liberally spiced with distinct Cajun and country influences. So it’s hardly surprising that Connick asks in the liner notes for That Would Be Me, his 26th studio release as leader, “Where to now?”

The answer, apparently, is “everywhere.” He raps, he scats, he pounds, he growls, he purrs. He plays piano, organ, drums, trumpet, trombone, French horn and sax. He wrote most of the arrangements and all 11 songs. While such dexterity is genuinely impressive, this eruptive tour de force emerges more as a jumbled, grandiloquent mélange.

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