New Music Tuesday: Norah Jones

As we’ve mentioned on more than one occasion, Ari Hest is a hell of a songwriter, and I can remember a concert of his in which he’d just written a song he hoped someday to share with the lovely and talented Norah Jones. It never happened for Ari, so instead he usually just jokingly sings the Norah part in a high, smoky falsetto whenever he performs that song.

But duets featuring Jones and another performer most certainly have happened over the course of the last decade, which leads us to “…Featuring Norah Jones,” a compilation of songs that the sweet, contemporary jazz singer shares with other artists.

The list of musicians on this record is staggering—Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Outkast, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Herbie Hancock, and the Foo Fighters, among many others. Stylistically the tracks cover the full gamut of musical styles, from soul to hip-hop and rock to, of course, jazz, and each and every one of them is as smooth and cool as we’ve all come to expect from Miss Jones. It’s a finely-tuned mix in the truest sense of the word, with plenty of creative and inventive stuff to fill the disc.

Sure, Norah Jones isn’t exactly a new and undiscovered artist, but this collection of tracks is classy stuff that casual fans of Jones aren’t likely to have heard before. Maybe, ten years from now, when “…Featuring Norah Jones 2” comes out, Ari Hest will find a way to be among the track listing.

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