Norah Jones

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Norah Jones

by Michael Dwyer | October 13th, 2016 1:50:PM EST

Norah Jones was the face jazz needed in the Noughties, but she never bought the poster girl thing. Vanishing into varied collaborations (the Little Willies, Puss n Boots, Danger Mouse), she shared her creative spoils with consistent daring, and so it remains on this "full circle" return to piano-led acoustic jazz. Sure it's her own lazy purr and sensual touch that stroke and tickle her songs to life, but sax god Wayne Shorter steals "Peace" and Hammond organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith skates rings around the blue soul of "Flipside". Meanwhile, equally seductive takes on Neil Young and Duke Ellington continue to push Jones's parameters to oblivion.

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