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Lofty's Roach SouffleNo point is served in damning Harry Connick Jr. for being excessively hyped by his label. Columbia released Wynton Marsalis simultaneously in two shades...Lofty's Roach SouffleJazzNo point is served in damning Harry Connick Jr. for being excessively hyped by his label. Columbia released Wynton Marsalis simultaneously in two shades...1990-07-13
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Lofty's Roach Souffle

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Harry Connick Jr.; Status: In Season

No point is served in damning Harry Connick Jr. for being excessively hyped by his label. Columbia released Wynton Marsalis simultaneously in two shades (jazz and classical), so the similar treatment of Connick, the boîte heartthrob, has precedent. But the ballyhoo for Lofty’s Roach Souffle masks just another derivative talent. No mention is made in the album notes of Thelonious Monk, but Connick’s debt to Monk goes beyond the usual borrowings to verge on a peculiarly humorless impersonation: ”One Last Pitch,” ”Hudson Bommer,” and ”Harronymous” are particularly shameless. Connick’s ballad ”Lonely Side” is an equally thin reworking of Matt Dennis’ ”Angel Eyes.” Connick himself is invisible.

Originally posted July 13 1990 — 12:00 AM EDT

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