BY MARIANA GARRICK
Norah Jones’ smooth, sultry voice transports us along with her to world-tour performances in the United States, Argentina, France, Italy, and Brazil in her first live album …’Til We Meet Again.
The multi-Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist just released the 14-track album with performances recorded between 2017-2019. The album’s setlist spans Jones’ career with 2002’s “Don’t Know Why,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” and “I’ve Got to See You Again,” from her debut album, Come Away With Me, 2004’s “Sunrise,” and “Those Sweet Words” from Feels Like Home, 2012’s “After The Fall” from Little Broken Hearts, 2016’s “Flipside,” and “Tragedy” from Day Breaks, 2019’s “It Was You,” “Begin Again” and “Just a Little Bit,” from Begin Again, and her singles “Falling” and “I’ll Be Gone.” The album closes with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” a tribute to lead vocalist Chris Cornell who died days prior to her performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.
If it hadn’t been for the cheering at the end of each song, no one would have guessed this is a live album due to the singer’s ability to sound just as good as her in-studio recordings. On most tracks, Jones’ singing and piano skills are accompanied by Pete Remm on the organ, Brian Blade on the drums, Jesse Harris on the acoustic and electric guitar, Jesse Murphy as the bassist, Jorge Continentino as the flutist, and Marcelo Costa on percussion.
Jones’ career began with her February 2002 debut release, Come Away with Me, a pop album that sold over 26 million copies worldwide. Her airy, yet piercing voice launched her to become an overnight success story and global sensation at the age of 22. Since it’s release, she has gone on to win nine Grammy Awards, along with 44 other music-related nominations in other countries. Her albums have sold 50 million copies globally, and her songs have been streamed over six billion times. Most recently, Jones became 2020’s most livestreamed artist due to her weekly at-home concert series.
Throughout her career, she has shied away from the coffee-house sound and original genre that made her famous, and has since experimented with other various sounds such as pop, indie-rock and country. Jones has collaborated with a number of artists from different genres such as Dolly Parton on “Creepin In,” Ray Charles on “Here We Go Again” which won a Grammy in 2005, and Billie Joel Armstrong from Green Day on their Everly Brothers tribute joint-album, Foreverly. Even with genre experimentation, her voice has still stayed true to her signature jazzy sound. Jones has also worked on albums with her collective bands El Madmo, The Little Willies, and Puss N Boots, which includes Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper.
Jones issued a statement in support of her first live album, thanking the musicians and behind-the-scenes staff for their hard work. “Whether we’re musicians or fans, we all miss sharing the experience of live music,” says Jones. “I’ll be highlighting a different charity every week on my Facebook page to send some love to the folks who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the live music industry and have had their jobs put on hold. I can’t wait to all be together again.”