Branford Marsalis
Harry Connick Jr., on the record
Harry Connick Jr., on the record

Harry Connick Jr.'s 29th and latest album, "Every Man Should Know," features 12 tracks for which the singer wrote the music, lyrics and arrangements. In a phone interview from his home in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, former model Jill Goodacre, and their three daughters, he discussed how this disc explores new territory for him. What inspired you to write "Every Man Should Know"? Two years ago I just started writing tunes, and some of them sounded like Mardi Gras music and some of them were bossa nova tunes and some were gospel tunes, just all over the place. I wrote about 25 of them and I did something I've never done before: I asked a couple of people at [Columbia...