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Come Away with Me

Come Away with Me

4.7 124
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. 124 reviews.
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
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
Every song on this CD is good. I highly recommend it.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just loved this CD. Can't wait to hear more from this talented artist. Margo
Anonymous 9 months ago
DO NOT buy this album. B side most copies is warped very bad. this is a common problem with this LP. I will be returning it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Every time I hear her "Come away with me" and "Nightingale" - both Norah's compositions in the CD - I transcend to a higher level of consciousness. My 3rd favorite is "Lonestar". Norah is simply unique. It is difficult to decide which talent of hers is tops: her voice, playing piano or composing! The other night we attended a wonderful sitar performance of Anushka Shankar at Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Any chance these sisters could one day perform together? Wouldn't it be another "East meets west"?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best jazz-singer upcomer ever. I love this album because of the melodies, Norah's voice and the moods.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a music manager for Barnes & Noble, I have the opportunity to hear so many different albums each year. With that in mind, it is rare that I get really excited over many albums. However, Norah Jones' is one of the exceptions. This cd is truly amazing. Her vocal talent and lyrical ability are outstanding. A must have for any music lover! Check it out, you won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great especially to sleep to, or just to relax with a glass of wine. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all the reviews here before I purchased the cd. I thought, how could they all be 5 stars? Well after listening, I can see why! Excellent CD. Her voice has such passion. I almost felt like I was sitting right there in the piano bar, getting lost in the music. I would recommend this to anyone. I just bought it tonight and have already listened to it 3 times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical to buy this cd but I'm glad that I did. I turned off the lights, lit some candles and relaxed with my bottle of Hpnotiq. After listening to the cd four straight times I knew I was in love. Norah Jones is outstanding. Her voice is so soothing. Nothing compares to this cd!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD after hearing her on WXPN 88.5 (philadelphia). I love every song. It is the perfect CD to listen to while driving by yourself or just relaxing w/ some cappucino. Turn Me On certainly turned on my husband!! Got out and buy it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is worth your money and time... norah jones is such a good singer ~ when you listen to it.. it calms you down and makes you feel so peaceful
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norah jones is just the right singer with just the right songs to come out after what seemed like a musical drought following decades of surfeit in forgetable sounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I listened to this CD, I fell in love with it. My favorite song is "a painter's song", every time I listen to it I see Van Gough's paintings of cafes, meadows and fields, and the infamous "Starry Night". The best way to enjoy this CD is to relax in a bubble bath with several candles lit around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is one of the top CD's of the year! Norah Jones's is a phenomenal singer and has a wonderful voice. Her choice of title fits her CD very well. Norah Jones's voice really will take you away into her mind, heart, and spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all of the no-talent "artists" being force-fed to us, Jones is a true talent that far exceeds any "copycat" artists such as John Mayer or any five piece male rock band that has a CD in the racks. She is a true original, and sings with emotion and a true sense of passion. Britney, Christina and Mariah should take a listen to this, and experience what a true singer is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whatever bus she's driving,I'am on it.This sultry sound with just enough sex appel(in the sound)is hepnotiqe. I recomend it with a soothing hot bath with salts and incense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent composition of jazz and blues. Come Away With Me is an excellent CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was driving my car when I first heard Norah Jones on CBC-Radio (Canada). I pulled over, wrote her name down on a napkin and as soon as I could, I got her CD. Rickie-Lee Jones & (the late) Nicolette Larson came to mind. She is going places!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a magic album.It gives a smooth ambiance.Norah sings so well.