Come Away with Me

Come Away with Me

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by Norah Jones

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Although her debut, Come Away with Me, comes from the famed jazz label Blue Note, 22-year-old Norah Jones works at a crossroads of styles: She's partly pop, partly soul, and, yes, partly jazz. In a way, she's the younger sister of artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, and


Although her debut, Come Away with Me, comes from the famed jazz label Blue Note, 22-year-old Norah Jones works at a crossroads of styles: She's partly pop, partly soul, and, yes, partly jazz. In a way, she's the younger sister of artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, and Madeleine Peyroux, singers who bring a jazz sensibility to pop melodies, and vice versa. Produced by the legendary Arif Mardin -- who worked with Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and Laura Nyro -- Come Away with Me has an easygoing sophistication that belies Jones's age. A native of Texas, where she grew up studying jazz piano and voice, Jones ended up in New York, and recently she contributed vocals to Charlie Hunter's Songs from the Analog Playground, covering songs by Bryan Ferry and Nick Drake. On her own, Jones presents an understated confidence, both in her light and melodic piano playing and in her seductive and sensual voice. In a feat of alchemy, she transforms Hank Williams's honky-tonk classic "Cold Cold Heart" into a smoky ballad with a walking bass line. "Don't Know Why," written by her bass player, Jesse Harris, is a lovely folk-tinged melody that Jones sings slightly behind the beat. The melancholy "The Long Day Is Over," which Jones wrote with Harris, features shimmering guitar work from Bill Frisell. It adds up to an impressive debut, and Come Away with Me is an invitation that's hard to resist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Norah Jones' debut on Blue Note is a mellow, acoustic pop affair with soul and country overtones, immaculately produced by the great Arif Mardin. (It's pretty much an open secret that the 22-year-old vocalist and pianist is the daughter of Ravi Shankar.) Jones is not quite a jazz singer, but she is joined by some highly regarded jazz talent: guitarists Adam Levy, Adam Rogers, Tony Scherr, Bill Frisell, and Kevin Breit; drummers Brian Blade, Dan Rieser, and Kenny Wollesen; organist Sam Yahel; accordionist Rob Burger; and violinist Jenny Scheinman. Her regular guitarist and bassist, Jesse Harris and Lee Alexander, respectively, play on every track and also serve as the chief songwriters. Both have a gift for melody, simple yet elegant progressions, and evocative lyrics. (Harris made an intriguing guest appearance on Seamus Blake's Stranger Things Have Happened.) Jones, for her part, wrote the title track and the pretty but slightly restless "Nightingale." She also includes convincing readings of Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart," J.D. Loudermilk's "Turn Me On," and Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness of You." There's a touch of Rickie Lee Jones in Jones' voice, a touch of Bonnie Raitt in the arrangements; her youth and her piano skills could lead one to call her an Alicia Keys for grown-ups. While the mood of this record stagnates after a few songs, it does give a strong indication of Jones' alluring talents.
Finds elements of country, soul, jazz, blues, folk, and pop coalescing into one gorgeous whole.

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Release Date:
Blue Note Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norah Jones   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Brian Blade   Percussion,Drums
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar
Dan Rieser   Drums
Adam Rogers   Guitar
Tony Scherr   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,national steel guitar
Kenny Wollesen   Drums
Jesse Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Burger   Accordion,Pump Organ
Sam Yahel   Hammond Organ
Jenny Scheinman   Violin
Adam Levy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lee Alexander   Bass

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
J.C. Hopkins   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Arif Mardin   Producer,String Arrangements
Jay Newland   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Craig Street   Producer
Ned Washington   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Jesse Harris   Composer
Husky Huskolds   Engineer
Jessica Novod   Art Direction
Norah Jones   Composer,Producer
Lee Alexander   Composer

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Come Away with Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 123 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Listening to Norah on this CD was an emotional experience. I haven't been this stirred since I heard Eva Cassidy sing Over the Rainbow. I look forward to hearing more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just loved this CD. Can't wait to hear more from this talented artist. Margo
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song on this CD is good. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just love this CD, this girl is going places. A voice you can listen to regardless what your taste in music is. Can't wait for her next CD to be released in Feb. I highly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There aren't too many singers like Norah Jones, mixing a beautiful voice (and face) with a wonderfully melancholy bass and piano. Her eclectic musicianship soothed all my nerves throughout one sleepless night and after that, I slept like a newborn after breast feeding. She can imbue her music with her whole soul and then invite you into it. Not many modern singers-songwriters do that.
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NaCl-1 More than 1 year ago
Norah has produced one great album with a wonderful cross section of songs. "Lonestar" and "Cold Cold Heart" sound like a lonely night with the wind blowing and the haunting sounds of "The Long Day is Over", all done with such feeling and moving music. A pure joy to listen to.
smgssg More than 1 year ago
Great CD to relax too after a tuff day at work. Great voice and great songs...I cant listen to this CD enough! I played it through four times the first evening it arrived!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a surprisingly wonderful album that is a must for any music-lover's collection. Norah Jones will bring you to your knees with her silky voice and sensual piano playing. Buy this will love it. We are sure to be seeing her on the cover of every magazine soon enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this cd up on a whim yesterday, and I immediately fell in love with it. It is an incredible album. Norah Jones has such an amazing feel for music, she is soulful, sexy, jazzy, etc, etc. This is a wonderful mix of jazz, soul and piano and I would recommend it to anyone, this is a MUST-HAVE. You will soon see Norah Jones everywhere!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not really into jazz or soul, and bought this on a whim, because it sounded like an interesting mix of the two. I have to say I can't stop listening to Norah Jones now! Even my little kids find it relaxing, and ask for ''that girl Norah'' when we are in the car...Highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Go home, get a glass of wine and chill out with this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norah has an incredible voice, great style. I have been listening since it arrived. The cd leans toward country, which I didn't expect. I hope she does a jazz recording next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Norah one night on Jay Leno, I couldn't get her voice out of my head...ordered the cd online and had to wait! I have almost completely worn this cd out! I love her style, and when others ask me what her style is, it stumps is just a cool-groove, jazz, sultry, blue-grass original sound that I have never heard before. Combined with her incredible, smokey and pure voice, along with her beauty....this girl is going to go places!!! I have already bought 5 copies of this cd to give to friends....something I've never done before. You WON'T be disappointed in this one, and you'll listen to it over and trendiness about it, this is pure art and style that will never grow old. YOU GO, NORAH!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have. Great new sound from a great new artist
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read so much about her in magazines, yet didn't have a clue who she was. I'm also not into jazz but took a chance. DAMN, this is a good CD. I bring it to coffee shops and study and boy is her voice soothing. One of the best CD's i have bought in a few years. well worth it. gorgeous voice and melodies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD that I have purchased in the last year! The music is perfect and Norah's vocal's melt into the music and into your ears. I wish all music would blend this well. Listen to the CD and let yourself unwind and fall back to a time when life was simple, your lover was on your mind, and you were as sensuous as a cat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norah Jones CD ''Come Away With Me'' has not left my CD player! Her soulful, jazzy, yet sultry voice has made me a fan. It soothes and comforts leaving you wanting more...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This disk is so good, it's scary. I can't decide what I like more- her scaled down vocals, or the easy-breezy way she approaches each song. ''Nightingale'' is an absolutley amazing song. After several slower, somewhat mellow songs, this one just hits you upside the head with it's urgency. ''Turn me On'' is a great, love-groove song, and I just can't hear enough of her version of ''Cold Cold Heart'', and I can't stand country music! This is a must-have for anyone who appreciates substance over the c**p form we have been getting fed lately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the most enjoyable and most relaxing cd i've heard in a long time. it's one to listen to after a hard day's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw Norah on Letterman and went out the next day and bought the cd. Can't stop listening to the bluesy, sultry, somewhatcountry, jazz. Norah is a star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont really have much more to add in comparison to the other reviews, but I can tell you that my tastes are far from country and blues. this has made my favorite list in my cd collection and i am really interested in discovering more artists of country, jazz and blues genre. thanks for opening my eyes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one the best vocal jazz albums to be produced in recent years. What a find for Blue Note! Norah Jones' sultry song stylings bring new life to some prerecorded songs and makes instant standards out of some original songs. In addition, she is a superb pianist and plays very well with her intensely talented band. See her in concert if you get the chance. She's even better live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jazzy, bluesy, totally sexy...phenom!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the other day I went to see her in concert...incredible to say the least. She is an amazing talent destined for great things. Absolutely no fillers, and God only knows how many times I've listened to her album, especially to end a rough day. Her sultry, smoky voice along with her unique style of jazz/blues/country make this album a steal at any price.