All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.
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: 1. Don't Know Why
2. Seven Years
3. Cold Cold Heart
4. Feelin' The Same Way
5. Come Away With Me
6. Shoot The Moon
7. Turn Me On
9. I've Got To See You Again
10. Painter Song
11. One Flight Down
13. The Long Day Is Over
14. The Nearness Of You
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.