‘Til We Meet Again' review: Norah Jones returns to jazz-pop on first live album


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On her first live album, Norah Jones focuses on the jazz-pop sweet spot that made her famous.

Norah Jones
‘Til We Meet Again

Norah Jones has dipped into many genres during her career. She’s played electric guitar in Puss N Boots, done an Everly Brothers tribute album with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (2013′s Foreverly), and sung with the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Belle and Sebastian, Willie Nelson and many others (compiled on 2019′s ... Featuring Norah Jones).

On ‘Til We Meet Again, her first live album, Jones focuses on the jazz-pop sweet spot that made her famous. It’s a lovely, comforting album that favours thoughtful ballads like After the Fall and her debut hit, Don’t Know Why.

Recorded on tours between 2017 and 2019, it showcases Jones’ impressive talents as a singer and piano player. Her voice is intimate and slightly husky, with occasional hints of her Texas drawl. She’s leading small bands, often just a bass player and a drummer, which allows her to stretch out her piano playing. She shines on soul jazz numbers such as Those Sweet Words and Flipside, which call to mind ‘60s great Les McCann.

Ten of the 14 songs come from either her first two albums or the singles she released between 2016′s Day Break and 2020′s Pick Me Off The Floor. The one surprise is a cover of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun, recorded shortly after Chris Cornell’s death. Jones, alone at the piano, turns the grunge classic into a seven-minute elegy; it’s a captivating transformation. — Steve Klinge/The Philadelphia Inquirer/Tribune News Service

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A lovely, comforting album

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