Larry Blumenfeld
July 18, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Harry Connick Jr.
Producers
Rounder

We gave it a C+

From the opening left-hand rumble and staccato chords of ”What a Waste,” this star of nightclubs, screen, and TV lets you know he’s playing jazzman — through long, lightly swinging instrumental takes on songs he composed for Broadway’s Thou Shalt Not. But it comes off as an awkward period piece, with pianist Connick as a Tin Pan Alley-era hack leading a quartet of character actors. His competence and surprising restraint can’t rescue a mostly by-the-numbers performance.

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