One can't help being curious about the contents of Norah Jones' music collection after listening to her debut, "Come Away With Me". They would probably not be far off in assuming she grew up singing into various makeshift microphones around her household alongside the vocals of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, and Sarah Mclachlan.
Despite the album's various jazz standards, one should not be so naïve to classify Norah Jones as a jazz singer. Hardcore jazz traditionalists, snobs, and academics may deny her jazz credibility for her folk infusion, however, her rendition of The Nearness of You would have made any of the songs predecessors proud. Regardless of how listeners may argue and classify the roots of her musical stylings, the consistent adjective in all of these debates should be "spectacular".
Jones succeeds in making listeners feel as though they are eavesdropping on an experience that ultimately, seems private. The innocence in her voice and purity of her instruments make adult listeners feel both pedophilic and guilty for falling in love with her.
Her voice stretches across a bed of lyrics like a full size sheet on king size bed - just barely making it and yet successfully pulling it off. We should reserve being more critical of lesser talents.
Track Listing: Don't Know Why; Seven Years; Cold Cold Heart; Feelin' The Same Way; Come Away With Me; Shoot the Moon; Turn Me On; Lonestar; I've Got To See You Again; Painter Song; One Flight Down; Nightingale; The Long Day Is Over; The Nearness Of You.
Personnel: Norah Jones- vocals, piano, electric piano; Lee Alexander- bass; Jesse Harris, Adam Levy, Tony Scherr, Adam Rogers, Kevin Breit- guitar; Dan Rieser- drums; Brian Blade- drums, percussion; Sam Yahel- organ; Rob Burger- pump organ, accordion; Jenny Scheinman- violin; Bill Frisell- electric guitar on "The Long Day is Over;" Kenny Wollesen- drums on "The Long Day is Over."
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.