Brian Blade(Drums), Catherine Popper(Vocals), Chris Thomas(Guitar (Electric)), Daniel Sadownick(Percussion), Dave Guy(Trumpet), J. Walter Hawkes(Trombone), Karriem Riggins(Drums), Katie Kresek(Violin), Leon Michels(Sax (Tenor)), Max Moston(Violin), Norah Jones(Guitar (Electric)), Norah Jones(Piano), Norah Jones(Vocals), Tony Maceli(Bass), Tony Scherr(Guitar (Electric)), Wayne Shorter(Sax (Soprano)), Chris Thomas(Bass (Acoustic)), Chris Thomas(Bass (Electric)), Dave Eggar(Cello), Dr. Lonnie Smith(Vocals (Background)), John Patitucci(Bass (Acoustic)), Petter Ericson Stakee(Vocals (Background)), Sasha Dobson(Vocals (Background)), Todd Low(Viola), Tony Scherr(Vocals (Background)), Vicente Archer(Bass (Acoustic)), Dr. Lonnie Smith(Hammond B3), Jon Cowherd(Hammond B3), Norah Jones(Hammond B3), Norah Jones(Wurlitzer), Chuck Palmer(Arranger), Eli Wolf(Producer), Norah Jones(Producer), Ted Tuthill(Engineer), Danny Clinch(Photography), Dave Eggar(String Arrangements), Duke Ellington(Composer), Greg Calbi(Mastering), Horace Silver(Composer), Joe Visciano(Mixing Assistant), Neil Young(Composer), Norah Jones(Composer), Tom Elmhirst(Mixing), Adam Tilzer(Studio Assistant), Chuck Palmer(String Conductor)
Norah Jones took liberty with her blockbuster success to set out on a musical walkabout, spending a good portion of the decade following 2004's Feels Like Home experimenting, either on her own albums or on a variety of collaborations. Day Breaks, released four years after the atmospheric adult alternative pop of the Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts, finds Jones returning home to an extent: it, like her 2002 debut Come Away with Me, is a singer/songwriter album with roots in pop and jazz, divided between originals and sharply selected covers. Such similarities are immediately apparent, but Day Breaks is much slyer than a mere revival. That term suggests a slight air of desperation, but Jones comes from a place of confidence on Day Breaks, happy to demonstrate everything she's learned over the years. Often, these tricks are deliberately sly: she'll pair her torchy original And Then There Was You with a woozy, bluesy cover of Neil Young's Don't Be Denied that winds up evoking Come Away with Me, then follow that up with the dense, nocturnal rhythms of Day Breaks. She threads in versions of Horace Silver's Peace and Duke Ellington's African Flower while inviting saxophonist Wayne Shorter and organist Lonnie Smith in to play -- moves that signal that there's a strong, elastic jazz undercurrent to Day Breaks that means this record breathes more than her debut. Such a sense of quiet adventure gives the record depth, but what gives it resonance are the exquisitely sculpted songs. Jones' originals feel as elegant as time-honored standards, and all her covers feel fresh. The former speak to her craft, the latter to her gifts as a stylist, and the two combine to turn Day Breaks into a satisfying testament to her ever-evolving musicianship. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
04． It's A Wonderful Time For Love
05． And Then There Was You
06． Don't Be Denied
07． Day Breaks
09． Once I Had A Laugh
10． Sleeping Wild
11． Carry On
12． African Flower (Fleurette Africaine)
Vocalist and pianist Norah Jones developed a unique blend of jazz and traditional vocal pop, with hints of bluesy country and contemporary folk, due in large part to her unique upbringing. The daughter of Ravi Shankar, Jones grew up in Texas with her mother. While she always found the music of Billie Holiday and Bill Evans both intriguing and comforting, she didn't really explore jazz until attend
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