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Her country cd "Little Willies" is a go-to in my house. Great songs and musicianship and I am not a big country fan. She really knows how to pick a song. Second Little Willies cd is not nearly as good. Agree on her versatility - anyone see her sing "Funny, how time slips away" on the Willie Nelson 80th b-day bash? Fabulous.
Flies under the radar?...I don't think so. I find her vastly overrated and boring. I have friends who agree and also friends who like her, but not in a passionate way. But no matter what you feel about her, she has received plenty of press, not the least of which was from professional audio reviewers using her music as a reference in reviews.
Agree with most comments used already--she's well known, sometimes the music gets a little sleepy or repetitive, the music backing her singing is usual very nice. Just got Herbie Hancock's cd River, The Joni Letters. Songs Joni Mitchell wrote or sang. The first cut is sung by Norah. Man, if that cut doesn't send some goose bumps up your sorry flesh as if did mine--check your pulse--THE BEST JAZZY CUT I'VE HEARD THIS YEAR AND THE BEST NORAH JONES SONG AND VOICE I'VE HEARD BY HER (so much breathiness and body--her singing now). The rest of the album has many very nice cuts, including Joni, a jazzy cut from Tina Turner, and another singer that sounds exactly like a young Joni Mitchell. That first cut though--Ummm-m-m-m!!! The musicians being the singing are pretty awesome too. Order that cd and tell me I'm wrong about the first cut.
She comes from good stock. Geetali Norah Jones Shankar daughter of the incredibly talented sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar. In addition to piano and guitar she plays saxophone as well. I like that she can sing most genres from country to jazz to pop. She is a talented and diversified performer.
"She hardly wrote any of the music she sang to get famous. Mostly all covers. When she started insisting on performing the stuff she wrote, her career sank fast. I happen to like her first two records, but I can't stand her writing. "
Well there's a first. Could you imagine if anyone ever became famous off a Bob Dylan song? I'm calling Carole King tonight. She might be able to revive her career if she would play someone else's music. Then I'm calling Herbie Hancock. He should do some standards.
Yes, I think she's flown under the radar since 2002. Actually, I haven't heard one peep from anyone about her and she gets zero radio play with the exception of that 2002 release. She's won plenty of awards. The releases since then have been much beer IMO.
She hardly wrote any of the music she sang to get famous. Mostly all covers.Taking a close look at her first 2 albums, this statement seems to be more incorrect than correct.
She wrote 2; both released as singles, 1 being the title cut, and co-wrote a 3rd. 3 were covers with 1 released as a single. The remaining 8 were written by band members with 2 released as singles.
She wrote 1, released as a single, and co-wrote 5 with 1 released as a single. 3 were covers. The remaining 4 were written by band members with 1 released as a single.
Love the passion guys! I'm in that camp that doesn't get her vocal appeal, or I should say she doesn't engage me. I also find her boring and too found it very difficult to listen through her first album. I wouldn't say she has a bad voice, actually it is quite distinctive but doesn't ring a chord with me. Maybe if I saw her live a light would go on, nah, I doubt that.
Norah is simply a beautiful young lady with a voice & style to match.
Many who know of her DO NOT know about her "NewYork City" masterpiece. As far as I know, it's her only voyage into the "Blusey, Jazzy and CLASSY rap" genra's.
I bring the CD to speaker auditions or parties and people generally love it.
Get this CD....JUST DO IT!!:-)
Agree with Djones; The Norah Jones-Peter Malick "New York" City is my favorite.
I'm also a fan but understand why some people might not like her. I find her music beautiful and soothing. Love her when she plays the Hammond... that is just butter. And she is very easy to look at... could have the best lips in the biz.
Now, for her acting, hmmm...
The album that Djones is talking about is the Peter Malick Group, featuring Norah Jones and is titled "New York City". I agree, it is very good. One of my favorites.
Another newish album is "...featuring Norah Jones". It has most of the songs she has done with other people. Very diverse range and style of music on this.
Dorkwad...thanks for the recommendation of the Herbie Hancock album. I just ordered it.
Thanks Dorkwad for the "The Joni Letter" recommendation. Being a big fan of Joni maybe this can connect me to Norah in a small way. Coincidentally I just had a few buddies over to listen this morning/afternoon and one brought the first Norah cd. We listened to the first three cuts and funny thing is of the four of us listening, two get her and two don't.
I think they are as different as chocolate and vanilla, but maybe the vanilla has some hot fudge? i don't get Ms. Krall in the same way as Norah Jones.
Jazzdoc, I really like the Rome recording you mentioned. Also, for those who don't know, Brian Burton is Danger Mouse. He produced and cowrote Little Broken Hearts.
Norah is not a great vocalist in the same way that Emmylou Harris is not a great vocalist. But they both have their own unique style and always sing in service of the song. Always tasteful, always a pro. Loved her first 2 albums, the first Little Willies and New York. Have not disliked any of her albums except perhaps the last. Liked Rome----but think I've had enough of the Danger Mouse collaboration. Then again, I fall asleep to Diana Krall. Different strokes for different folks.
Donjr, again you missed the point of my post. I actually did like Nora's first two records very much. The ones she had less input on. I was very dissapointed with her output after that. And - her fame was built off those first two records. As to "giving her a chance", what chance should I give her when I think her recent stuff pales in comparison to the old? If you want to keep listening, knock yourself out. Your comment about replying on threads about artists I don't like has some shred of validity to it though. However, I feel compelled to participate when what I thought was a good artist goes into the toilet.
The worst? That's a rather broad statement with all the garbage out there being played on the radio. I happen to like her but I also like a ton of music. I appreciate and respect your honest opinion however.
What don't you name some of your favorites? This doesn't have to be about Norah. Maybe you can turn me on to some new music.
I had an in-law who was acknowledged. worldwide, as the Godfather of avant guard jazz piano.
He told me that he had never met a jazzman( and he had met them all) who didn't think
Sarah Vaughn was THE greatest jazz singer who ever lived.
He said musicians loved her because she was the only diva who could keep time as well or better than the bass player!
And unlike many famous singers you always knew she always never wanted to be doing anything else more than just singing with them.
You get a couple of Sassy recordings, sit down and really listen, and , unless you have really bad taste, your Cd's of Nora and Diane etc will end up where they belong, in the trash can.
I agree with most of the posts. I don't own any Norah Jones recordings but her first two recordings are worthy of purchasing. Regarding the haters most of us know she is not the talent of Sarah, Peggy, Anita or Ella. I'm sure some of you have recordings that are not at a reference(talent) level that you still enjoy!