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 See more details below

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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 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.

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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.
Billboard
Finds elements of country, soul, jazz, blues, folk, and pop coalescing into one gorgeous whole.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724353208820
catalogNumber:
32088
Rank:
2690

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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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