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Album Review

At virtually the same time in 1990, Harry Connick, Jr. released two CDs: one a vocal date and the other an instrumental album with his trio. Lofty's Roach Souffle is the latter, an outing with bassist Ben Wolfe and drummer Shannon Powell. Connick performs 11 of his originals on this set and, although he shows some growth from his earlier days as a sort-of Thelonious Monk imitator, he did not yet have a piano style of his own and none of his compositions are all that memorable. However Connick's timing had improved (helped a lot by the presence of a steady drummer) and the program finds him playing about as advanced as he ever has.


Born: 11 September 1967 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With very few exceptions, the career of Harry Connick, Jr., can be divided in half -- his first two albums encompassed straight-ahead New Orleans jazz and stride piano while his later career (which paralleled his rising celebrity status) alternated between more contemporary New Orleans music and pop vocals with a debt to Frank Sinatra. Born in New Orleans on September 11, 1967, Connick grew up the son of two lawyers who owned a record store. After beginning on keyboards at the age of three, he first...
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