Smokey Mary

Smokey Mary

by Harry Connick Jr.



Named after the famed Mardi Gras train-engine parade float, singer/pianist Harry Connick, Jr.'s funk-oriented 2013 studio album Smokey Mary coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras super krewe that Connick co-founded in 1993. Perhaps Mardi Gras puts Connick in a funky mood, because the year after founding Krewe of Orpheus, Connick delivered the funk, pop, and soul album She. Ever since She, Connick has, now and again, dabbled in funk. He's best at playing funk when he combines it with the more roiling, bluesy aspects of New Orleans jazz and a danceable groove, as on the organ-heavy opener "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train," and the second-line, gospel-inflected number "S'posed to Be" featuring vocalist Tara Alexander. Elsewhere on Smokey Mary, Connick delves into a handful of original contemporary R&B-sounding numbers including "Wish I Were Him," "Dang You Pretty," and "Angola (At the Farm)." Helping bring out the album's high-energy party vibe is Connick's stellar backing ensemble, including such stand-out musicians as Preservation Hall trumpeter Mark Braud, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and percussionist Bill Summers, among others. Ultimately, Smokey Mary will probably play like the passing parade float it is named after, a lot of colorful, shiny fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2013
Label: Sony
UPC: 0887654469823
catalogNumber: 544698

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Connick   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Hammond B3
Bill Summers   Percussion
Sonny Landreth   Guitar
Lucien Barbarin   Trombone,Cymbals,Soloist
Bobby Campo   Trumpet
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone
George Porter   Bass
Jerry Weldon   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Raymond Weber   Drums
David Schumacher   Baritone Saxophone
Dan Miller   Trumpet
Kim Burrell   Vocals
Jason Mingledorff   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Latin   Drums
Neal Caine   Bass
Mark Braud   Trumpet
Tony Hall   Bass,Vocals
Tara Alexander   Background Vocals,Choir Director
Dwayne Williams   Percussion
Alysha Umphress   Background Vocals
Patti Adams   Flute
Frontline Vocal Movement   Background Vocals
Jesse Mueller   Background Vocals
Carondelet Chamber   Strings

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Gregg Rubin   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Chris Finney   Engineer
Vince Caro   Engineer
Kyle Lamy   Engineer
Scott Rissett   Engineer

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Smokey Mary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Clara_Smith More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite CD's to listen to while driving. Upbeat music by a fine band along with Harry Connick Jr crooning along. Smokey Mary is my favorite song on the CD. Looking forward to his next CD.