Nora Jones New Album Day Breaks

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9-time GRAMMY winner Norah Jones comes full circle with Day Breaks, her stunning sixth solo album which is a kindred spirit to the singer’s breakout debut Come Away With Me and finds Norah returning to the piano and her roots.

The album features jazz luminaries including her Blue Note label mates saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade on a 12-song set that presents 9 new originals alongside covers of songs by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington and Neil Young.

Don Was, the president of Blue Note, sees the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink aspect of Jones’s discography as a key to her appeal. “Great artists have an unquenchable curiosity and sense of adventure,” he declares. “If you really look at the artists who have incredible longevity, whose music can endure decades of public scrutiny, you find people like Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, who constantly changed the textures around what they were doing but never lost their unique point of view.” Was knows a thing or two about artists of this stature; before taking the job at Blue Note, he had a long career as a producer for titans like Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and Ringo Starr. “It didn’t matter if Miles Davis was with a wah-wah guitar or Bill Evans,” Was continues, “he always played like Miles. That’s what the great artists do. Check out all [Jones’s] records in context; she’s been pretty consistent as a persona. She’s just switched the textures up.”

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