MUSIC: HARRY CONNICK: FRANKLY NOT

AN ALBUM OF BALLADS TESTS HARRY CONNICK'S PIPES

Harry Connick Jr. has long viewed himself as something of a Sinatra for the '90s. Although he broke into jazz a decade ago as a solo pianist influenced by Bud Powell and Art Tatum, his career veered sharply toward big-band and string-arranged music after his 1989 sound track, When Harry Met Sally, went multi-platinum. When his version of the classic It Had to Be You--with Connick singing--became a hit, he began moving his repertoire closer toward pop, writing, as he did on 1991's Blue Light, Red Light, jaunty big-band tunes that echoed the pop standards of the 1940s and '50s. He...

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