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Smokey Mary

Harry Connick Jr. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00ARX2W0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Named after the famed New Orleans Mardi Gras parade float, Smokey Mary is singer/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s 2013 studio album. The release of the album coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras super krewe which Connick co-founded in 1993. Included on the album is the song, "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train," which Connick-penned in homage to the krewe's signature float.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Harry Met Mary 8 April 2013
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If you're someone who goes wherever Harry goes, this funky, Mardi Gras-themed album has some great music for you. I love and keep playing these tracks: 1 (Smokey Mary - a bit like 'To Love the Language'); 4 (Wish I Were Him); 5 (S'posed to Be - reminds me of 'I Pray on Christmas'); 9 (Nola Girl) and 10 (City beneath the Sea). The last is a lovely, mellow version of a song Harry fans will already know, and the others are upbeat, tuneful songs that should put a smile on your face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Sep 2014
By dpol
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Very good, enjoyed it
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music 19 Mar 2013
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Been a HCJ -fan for almost 17 years. This is the kind of music Harry made for "She" and "Star Turtle", yet somehow different again. 2 songs are recordings from the older recording mentioned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smokey Mary 19 Feb 2013
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It was for a gift so not yet unwrapped but it arrived very quickly and well packed I am sure that the recipient will be delighted. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always! 6 Feb 2013
By Jeremy Sampsell - Published on Amazon.com
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The album is just what a fan of Harry's comes to expect from him: excellent. This album is more like his She and Star Turtle albums, as previously stated, so if you don't care for those albums then you may want to pass on purhcasing. But Harry's always amazing talent and personality shine as bright as we've all come to expect. The musicians that are hired to back him on his albums and tours are always top-notch. And the quality of the recording is on par with the best out there today. Style preferece aside, this album is worth adding to your library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Funkier Sound For Harry Connick, Jr. - 3 ½ Stars 13 Feb 2013
By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Smokey Mary marks a departure for Harry Connick, Jr., at least as of late. 2009's Your Songs was slated in more of an easy listening, traditional pop vein. 2013's Smokey Mary amps up the funk and explores the sound of New Orleans in a more R&B and gospel fashion. Connick Jr. is no stranger to funk, drifting in that direction throughout his storied career in some facets. He very much keeps the rhythmic intensity high and flowing, managing to incorporate those signature syncopated rhythms into this effort. The results overall are solid, but Smokey Mary is by no means perfect; there are hits and good, but not valedictory cuts.

"Smokey Mary" opens compellingly, featuring an exceptional groove and an instantly noticeable change in sound for a Connick, Jr. album - specifically the use of organ. Regardless of the stylistic shift, things all fall "in the pocket" be it Connick's vocals, his bluesy piano playing, or the horn riffs. "Hurricane" continues in the jazz-funk idiom, using organ and electric guitar freely. While the funk aspect of this cut brings more of an electric element into Connick's music than usual, there is still a superb saxophone solo. Additionally, there is still a healthy array of jazz elements, including angularity of lines and rhythm.

"Cuddina Done It", one of the best songs of the effort, opens with Nawlin's R&B infused piano. The groove continues to be an allure, this time having some oppositional sense about it. The horns possess a bite about them and overall, Connick, Jr. really plays up the use of grooves/riffs. "Wish I Were Him" keeps the funk going soundly, but "S'pposed To Be" truly steals the show. Slated in a southern gospel-jazz style, Connick delivers one of the more surprising cuts of his career, utilizing a gospel choir on the refrain ("...Every road leads back to you / be with you when I'm s'pposed to be..."). Kim Burrell and Tara Alexander and the Frontline Vocal Movement give Connick, Jr. a lift. After listening, one is unsure whether they are listening to a soulful jazz cut or they've been saved and sanctified in church.

Keeping up the gospel vibe, "The Preacher" delivers a slick groove and quick, agile pace. The amalgamation of gospel, jazz, and soul continues capably, even if it doesn't supersede "S'pposed To Be." "The Preacher" features an excellent organ and muted trombone solo. On "Dang You Pretty", Connick Jr. leaves gospel in favor of 70s styled funk intact with horns. The main quibble is that Connick Jr.'s vocals seem to be more mixed within the record than atop it. Regardless, "Dang You Pretty" is a pretty dang good cut.

"Angola (At the Farm)" has a blue-eyed so sound about it. It doesn't trump the best, but it easily above average. Similarly, "Nola Girl" doesn't possess the goods to trump "Cuddina Done It", but keeps things rolling in enjoyable fashion. "Mind On The Matter" keeps the spirt of Nawlins alive and thriving, allowing for Connick's signature syncopation and plenty of space for instrumental solos. Closer "City Beneath the Sea", an ode to Nawlins seems appropriate. At nearly six minutes, its a bit too long.

Overall, Smokey Mary is another solid addition to the Connick, Jr. discography. It provides a change of pace, something that Connick Jr. probably needed after a hiatus sense 2009's Your Songs. That said, the effort seems under promoted and hard to come by in CD form unless you order it or opt for the digital version. An album you shouldn't sleep on, despite not being perfect.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Connick Basking In The Splendor Of The City Beneath The Sea 24 Feb 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
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So much has been born and bred in the Crescent City besides the talented Harry Connick Jr. Jazz,the blues,rhythm & blues and funk all have a connective origin source somewhere in it's streets. All most people today can remember about the city is that Hurricane Katrina devastated and nearly destroyed the city almost nine years ago. Yet everyone from Satchmo himself,to Gino Vannelli with his Pauper in Paradise and even Harry himself with his Star Turtle have paid tribute to the atmosphere and the groove of the Mardi Gras,which one could call the power source for all the creative energy New Orleans has to offer. Well Harry is back under the influence of Fat Tuesday yet again with this album all the way.

The album opens with the title song,a vibrantly spirited R&B shuffle with a beautiful falsetto vocal harmony. "Hurricane" and "Cuddina Done It",with their hot horn charts and "Wish I Were Him" with it's almost stride style piano chords represent some of the finest examples of modern day,slow grooving,foot stomping Crescent City funk that one could imagine. 'S'pposed To Be" brings in the "big four" beat as they call it for a flat out ragtime/dixieland style groove that points to the threat connecting the earliest jazz to the earliest funk in terms of the rhythmic accents. "The Preacher" on the other hand comes straight out of the JB school whereas "Dang You Pretty" and "Angola (At The Farm)",with it's hard grooving guitar go right back to the heavy foot stomping funk.

"Mind Over Matter" brings in the Caribbean percussive influence of Congo Square for an enormously poly rhythmic groove whereas "Nola Girl" and the closer "City Beneath The Sea" are richly crafted melodic soulful funk of the highest order. It hardly matters that the final two tracks on the album are take off of the Star Turtle album. In fact it very much goes with the funk tradition of funk artists either remaking,or flat out revisiting,their best songs on later releases. Also it provides yet another connective element to Harry's sojourn into the music of the Mardi Gras that clearly inspires enormous bursts of creative energy within him. Overall this is one of the hardest grooving and funkiest recordings Harry Connick has made for some time,and a very welcomed addition to his vast and often diverse musical catalog.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoky Harry ! 7 Feb 2013
By sarrah long - Published on Amazon.com
Harry is one of the most talented arrangers, performers ever . I saw him conducting and writing charts for his big band orchestra in between live takes . And the talent just continues to shine with this cd . Another artist Brigitte Zarie only other artist I can think of who arranges and composes her own Jazz. No small feat . I'm sure they're are others, have yet to hear anything as great . Would love to see this CD come to life at a Live show .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great NOLA Comeback!!! 6 Feb 2013
By Aaron Leffler - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD was meant to play loud and find a reason...any reason...to celebrate life. I really enjoyed Harry's solo and big band work but I love the Mardi Gras sound that he presented with 1994's She record and later with Star Turtle. This music is part of his legacy...If you liked She and Star Turtle...GET THIS CD...especially for track 8 which features some smokin' guitar work by Sonny Landreth. My only complaint is that he used TWO songs from Star Turtle. I wish he would have taken more NOLA standards and included them...or re-recorded the last two tracks that were originally released on Star Turtle...That being said...so glad the "party" version of Harry is BACK!!!
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