Norah’s Back to Jazz

Review of jazz musician Norah Jones' new album, Day Breaks


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One of Norah Jones' first albums, "Come Away With Me"

With an extremely interesting background, American singer-songwriter, Norah Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar and Australian actress Sue Jones. She pursued music since she was young and majored in jazz piano. Jones has been named the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade by Billboard, has won nine Grammy Awards, and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

On October 7th, 2016, the jazz and pop rock musician Norah Jones released her sixth studio album, Day Breaks, through Blue Note records. After using many folk and pop influences in her last couple of albums, Jones has gone back to her roots on the piano. Her goal for Day Breaks was to make it completely live because, “When you have great musicians, there’s no reason to overdub. That strips the soul out of the music,” she said in an interview with Billboard.

So far, the album has received mostly praise and made it in the top ten on Billboard 200 at number two as well as peaking within the top 5 of ten national charts. It is also her second album to have debuted at number one on the US Jazz Albums chart.

Day Breaks is very similar to Jones’ first two albums in which she incorporates more jazz piano with some folk infusion, as opposed to some of her other albums being more pop based. Songs like “It’s a Wonderful Time For Love” and “Burn” illustrate the strong relationship between Norah and her passion, as well as her exploration further into jazz. The sounds of all the instruments: the brass, percussion, strings, and most importantly, the piano, are incredibly rich. They flow and clash wonderfully with Norah’s wistful lyrics and gentle but deep voice, which immerses you in the sometimes happy, sometimes sad, and mostly nostalgic songs.

Norah Jones tells stories in her original songs and breathes fresh air into covers through her unique jazz style—and her newest album does not disappoint.

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