Norbert Schneider Trio – Mondsuchtig (2020) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Norbert Schneider Trio – Mondsüchtig (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:03:48 minutes | 288 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

A misconception has sometimes been associate with Norah Jones: that the Texan is little more than a pleasant light-jazz singer whose albums serve as harmless background music for high-brow and proper evening dinners. Though her writing, playing and eclectic collaborations, she has clearly proved that she is far more interesting than this cliché. And this 2020 offering is a new illustration of her complexity. As is often the case with Norah Jones, Pick Me Up Off the Floor is not quite jazz, not quite blues, not quite country, etc… Her genre-defying music works primarily to suit the song being played. Here we find what has been left behind after sessions with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Thomas Bartlett, Mavis Staples, Rodrigo Amarante and several others.

But for all that the result is not simply a contrived mishmash of collaborations but a collection of songs that hold the same silky groove (present on six out of 11 tracks on the record in which Brian Blade’s drums work delicate miracles) and calm sound which increasingly suits the artist, somewhere between pure poetry and realism. “Every session I’ve done, there’ve been extra songs I didn’t release, and they’ve sort of been collecting for the last two years. I became really enamoured with them, having the rough mixes on my phone, listening while I walk the dog. The songs stayed stuck in my head and I realised that they had this surreal thread running through them. It feels like a fever dream taking place somewhere between God, the Devil, the heart, the Country, the planet, and me.” Rarely has Norah Jones sang with such strength, like on I’m Alive where she sings of women’s resilience, or on How I Weep in which she tackles love and exasperation with unequalled grace. This Deluxe Edition contains two bonus tracks and a collection of 17 songs culled from Norah’s Live From Home weekly livestream series. Thie Live From Home selections include a mix of career-spanning originals and such covers as Guns N’Roses’ Patience, John Prine’s That’s The Way The World Goes Round and Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You. – Marc Zisman


1. Norbert Schneider Trio – Silberpfeil
2. Norbert Schneider Trio – Blues für David Ruosch
3. Norbert Schneider Trio – Blue Moon
4. Norbert Schneider Trio – Fannis Walk
5. Norbert Schneider Trio – Mondsüchtig
6. Norbert Schneider Trio – Spring Fever
7. Norbert Schneider Trio – 2 Schnaps
8. Norbert Schneider Trio – Kurschatten