Harry Connick, Jr.: 30 (2001)
The first of Connick’s three guests – bassist Ben Wolfe – reunites with his first rhythm partner and takes his bassy bows on Frank Loesser’s "If I Were a Bell." In fact, Wolfe’s melodic soloing is most of the piece, with Connick comping gingerly in back for at least the first half. The late Rev. James Moore offers up additional soul to the Bayoud Brill Building blues of "There is Always One More Time." The album closes with fellow Wilkins manage-ee Wynton Marsalis taking most of the instrumental honors for the Cahn/Van Heusen chestnut "I Only Miss Her (When I Think of Her)." Among these well chosen guest spots are a Delta drag through Hoagy Carmichael’s "New Orleans" which makes ths Crescent City sound to be much less fun than Connick has painted it in the past, a foot stomping ride through Porter’s "Don’t Fence Me In," and a bouncy take on "Speak Softly Love" that even Corleone couldn’t refuse. Though a bit shaky in his old age, Connick is aging well.
Track Listing: 1. I'm Walkin' 2. Chattanooga Choo Choo 3. Somewhere My Love 4. The Gypsy 5. If I Were A Bell 6. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans 7. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree 8. There Is Always One More Time 9. New Orleans 10. Speak Softly Love 11. Junco Partner 12. Don't Fence Me In 13. Don't Like Goodbyes 14. I'll Only Miss Her (When I Think Of Her
Record Label: Columbia Records