Norah Jones – ‘Til We Meet Again (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Norah Jones – ‘Til We Meet Again (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:15:44 minutes | 1,49 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

First full live album by the nine-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, pianist. The collection presents globe-spanning performances from the U.S., France, Italy, Brazil, and Argentina that were recorded between 2017-2019. The first single, ‘It Was You’, was recorded at the 2018 Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California with Pete Remm on organ, Christopher Thomas on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Additional musicians featured on the album include bassist Jesse Murphy, guitarist Jesse Harris, flautist Jorge Continentino, and percussionist Marcelo Costa. The 14 songs featured on ‘Til We Meet Again span Jones’ entire career to date from her 2002 debut ‘Come Away With Me’ (‘Don’t Know Why’, ‘I’ve Got to See You Again’, ‘Cold, Cold Heart’), 2004’s ‘Feels Like Home’ (‘Sunrise’, ‘Those Sweet Words’), 2012’s ‘Little Broken Hearts’ (‘After the Fall’), 2016’s ‘Day Breaks’ (‘Flipside’, ‘Tragedy’), as well as her more recent singles series (‘It Was You’, ‘Begin Again’, ‘Just a Little Bit’, ‘Falling’ and the Grammy-nominated ‘I’ll Be Gone’). The album closes with Jones’ stunning solo piano performance of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’, a tribute to Chris Cornell that was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Detroit just days after Cornell’s death following a performance at the same venue.

Over the course of her 20-year career, Norah Jones may have performed thousands of concerts, but she has never delivered a live album. For …’Til We Meet Again, released almost two decades after her hit first album Come Away With Me, she opts for the trio and quartet setups, undoubtedly the configurations that best suit her voice and piano. The setlist includes songs recorded between May 2017 and December 2019 in the United States, France, Italy, Brazil and Argentina, with organist Pete Remm, bassists Christopher Thomas and Jesse Murphy, drummers and percussionists Brian Blade and Marcelo Costa, guitarist Jesse Harris and flautist Jorge Continentino.

In order to show she’s a major-league performer capable of fully owning everything she sings, Jones shifts seamlessly from the legendary country of Cold Cold Heart by Hank Williams to Black Hole Sun by grunge group Soundgarden (a posthumous tribute to singer Chris Cornell recorded a few days after his death), not to mention her own songs… With false nonchalance but genuine melancholy, Jones picks through her albums Come Away With Me (Don’t Know Why, I’ve Got To See You Again, Cold, Cold Heart), Feels Like Home (Sunrise, Those Sweet Words), Little Broken Hearts (After The Fall) and Day Breaks (Flipside, Tragedy), as well as her most recent series of singles (It Was You, Begin Again, Just A Little Bit). Everything is fluid and coherent. Her piano playing is nicely matured and the chemistry with the exceptional Blade (what a drummer!) reaches real heights here. You’ve got to surrender yourself to this smoky bar jazz (even if you can’t smoke in bars anymore…), to the silky velvet blues, deeper and richer than a casual listening might indicate. Then there’s that magical voice with its instantly recognisable timbre, capable of being moving without being weepy, as in the tribute to Cornell that closes this beautiful live set. – Marc Zisman


01. Cold, Cold Heart (Live)
02. It Was You (Live)
03. Begin Again (Live)
04. Those Sweet Words (Live)
05. I’ve Got To See You Again (Live)
06. After The Fall (Live)
07. I’ll Be Gone (Live)
08. Just A Little Bit (Live)
09. Falling (Live)
10. Tragedy (Live)
11. Sunrise (Live)
12. Flipside (Live)
13. Don’t Know Why (Live)
14. Black Hole Sun (Live)