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

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2009
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
5099923508828
catalogNumber:
35088
Rank:
104754

Tracks

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 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.
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.
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
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
Norah is unbelievably "believable". Her talent is natural, unassuming and fresh. I only hope that she keeps this style and doesn't bend to be commercial. That's what happened to Jewel. Norah is the first musician since the Beatles that I intend to buy every cd she cuts.
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
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
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
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
I first heard Don't Know Why while flipping through tv channels and hearing the wonderful piano and guitar notes on a soap opera. I stopped to listen and thoroughly enjoyed the montage of people meeting their partners with no speaking parts, just that wonderful voice singing in the background. Beautiful. Just had to find out who it was and what the song was called, so searched at Barnes and Noble. I'll go buy it tomorrow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Norah¿s first release, Come Away With Me, is in this 44 year old¿s opinion, simply one of the finest collections of musical prodigy I have ever heard. Mark my words, if she stays on the straight and narrow in her aspirations, we are in for many treats to come. Imagine, all of these gifts given to us from a lady of 22 years, I simply melt away. Her voice is so buttery, her fingers dance on ivory and ebony like she was born to give us pure magic. Don¿t listen to her critics, for they don¿t even have a clue¿ for example: Steve Klinge of Barnes & Noble writes¿"Don't Know Why," written by her bass player, Jesse Harris, is a lovely folk-tinged melody that Jones sings slightly behind the beat.¿ Well Steve, Jesse Harris is NOT her Bassist, Lee Alexander is. Go back to Review 101. The remainder of your write up was quite enjoyable to read, however. David R. Adler of All Music Guide writes ¿While the mood of this record stagnates after a few songs, it does give a strong indication of Jones' alluring talents.¿ Stagnates David? I think your listeners disagree with you. All my friends love this CD, and that rarely happens with selections I make. Their reactions are amazing, they ALL want to put on my headphones and listen. Norah, way to go, and thank you so much! Please please keep raining your gift upon us. Warmest Regards to all of you, A listener in Colorado
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished listening to this CD for the first time and WOW. I'm blown away. What a journey! No matter what kind of music your into, this is definitly a "must have" to add in your collection.
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 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
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
Ravi Shanker must be extremely proud of his daughter's incredible debut music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, those eyes, that voice! This is one artist where you don't have to say "Where's the Beef?"
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
This c.d. is amazing, brilliant. Her voice is enchanting and refreshing- a pleasant diversion from all of the other up-and-coming-female artists. An exceptional c.d. that every true fan of rare,good music should own!
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!