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Norah Jones is undeniable exceptional. What grabs me is how easy her music is to listen to. More impressive is how she reaches across so many genres and yields such a pleasant sound. She meshes elements of '70s singer / songwriter-style, jazz, pop, blues, and even country into her music. Some of the cover songs she performed live are by some of my favorite bands, The Band and Gram Parsons

The Little Willies featuring Norah Jones

Norah Jones contributed to Tim Ries cd, The Rolling Stones Project. She sings a gorgeous rendition of "Wild Horses" that features Bill Frisell on guitar and superb sax work by Ries. Order

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November 2010
...Featuring Norah Jones

Bio from Record Label, time period of The Fall.

NORAH JONES

November 2009 Release - The Fall

"For this record, I just had a sound in my head," says Norah Jones. "I wanted the grooves to be more present and heavy. And I also just wanted to do something different-I've been hanging with the same group of musicians for a long time, and I thought it was a good time for me to work with different people and experiment a little."

The result of these experiments is the multiple Grammy Award-winner's new album, The Fall. The album is an exciting evolution from her previous three releases, which have sold a combined 36 million copies worldwide.

The first obvious change on The Fall is a lengthy list of new collaborators. Producer Jacquire King-who has worked with Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, and Tom Waits, among others-helped Jones put together a group of musicians, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). Jones also joined forces with several notable songwriters on The Fall, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as her frequent collaborator Jesse Harris.

"I was trying to find a partner for the record, because unless I had someone with a different perspective, I wasn't going to get a different sound," she says. "I looked for a while before I finally looked at one of my favorite records, Mule Variations by Tom Waits, to see who engineered it, and I saw Jacquire's name. I'm never going to sound like Tom Waits, but there are elements of that record that I wanted-it walks the balance between being beautiful and rough, and also sounding very natural."

Over the course of her three multi-platinum albums-2002's eight-time Grammy Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004's Feels Like Home, and 2007's Not Too Late, each of which topped the Billboard album charts-Jones has established a strong identity based around her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop style. On The Fall, however, in addition to the added emphasis on rhythm, Jones brings her own guitar playing front and center in the sound.

"I've always written more on guitar than on piano," she says, "The thing that's really different this time is that I drove the rhythm more, because what I play on the guitar are rhythm parts. When I play the piano, I don't really play rhythm, I just sort of sprinkle over the top."

Norah Jones is the first to say that she has changed a great deal since she first moved from Texas to New York City at age 20, dreaming of being a jazz singer. Bouncing between jazz gigs and shows at the singer-songwriter haven The Living Room, she started writing songs "sitting on the bed in my little apartment on Thirteenth Street." An introduction to Blue Note Records head Bruce Lundvall eventually resulted in her first album, the diamond-selling Come Away With Me.

"That was just seven, eight years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago," say Jones. "I feel like a completely different person. That whole time was chaos, like an insane rollercoaster ride that kept getting steeper and steeper. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but we were just working so hard and I was pretty freaked out."

One benefit of her spectacular success was that Jones was approached to collaborate with a wide range of artists, from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles to OutKast's Andre 3000, Q-Tip, and Andy Samberg's comedy group The Lonely Island. Being exposed to all of these different sounds and methods helped Jones open her mind toward new ways to create her own music.

The direction for The Fall didn't take long to unfold-it started to present itself on one of the first songs she wrote for the project. "About a year ago, I did some demos in my home studio," she says. "I had some friends come in and we figured out a cool arrangement for this song 'Chasing Pirates,' with a cool drum part. It went somewhere I didn't expect it to go, and that became a direction to look in."

As she worked with multiple sets of musicians in studios in both New York and Los Angeles, Jones and producer King kept pushing their sonic experimentation further. "There's a song called 'Light as a Feather' that I wrote with Ryan Adams," she says. "For this album, I wanted to keep my country side away, so I needed to figure out how to make this song work and tie it in with the others. We did it by taking the guitar out, and there was this crazy organ sample and it sounded like a razor blade underneath everything. It was this cool moment where I realized that you can just strip away some of the elements and you can get something totally new."

Even songs that drew on the jazzier side of Norah Jones, like "It's Gonna Be," demanded new treatments. "That one has a swingy sound, a lot of words," she says, "it could have been really hokey. But the drummer, my friend Robert DiPietro, came up with a part that was part Gene Krupa, part Adam Ant, and that just made the song something completely different. The rhythm really dictated the sound on that song."

From the swaying rock thump of "Stuck" to an intimate ballad like "Back to Manhattan," one thing that hasn't gone away on The Fall is the distinctiveness and expressiveness of Jones's singing. That part of the recording process came easier to her than ever before. "I was way more relaxed about my vocals," she says. "I've never been really obsessive about that, but on this record I was more focused on everything else that was happening, so I could just kind of relax and sing."

Norah Jones certainly always seemed mature beyond her years, but The Fall has the feeling of an artist growing into a new phase in her creative development. Beyond the changes in her singing, her instrumental work, and even her conception of her own sound, she maintains that her songwriting is at the very foundation of her new approach.

"I'm older now, and it's evident in my writing," she says. "I always used to be worried about the craft of the songwriting, because I was so new as a songwriter, but now I'm not afraid to just try something. I'm confident enough that I just want to get it out and hear it." 

January 30, 2007, a new Norah Jones release, Not Too Late.

Other Norah Jones news
Norah Jones just completed a world tour in support of her critically acclaimed third album 'Not Too Late' (Blue Note Records), but she has kept busy in the studio recently as well, delivering no fewer than eight new recordings for an ambitiously disparate group of projects which will see release before year's end. Here's a track-by-track rundown

"THE STORY" from 'MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS' soundtrack
Norah wrote and recorded this new song for acclaimed Chinese director Wong Kar-Wai's first English-language film. She also stars in the movie, joined by a cast that includes Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. The song will be included on the film's soundtrack, to be released by Blue Note Records.

"ANY OTHER DAY" with WYCLEF JEAN from 'CARNIVAL II: MEMOIRS OF AN IMMIGRANT'
This duet was first released two years ago with all proceeds from the song going to Hurricane Katrina relief. It will also be included on Jean's new album, scheduled for November 6 release.

"SOON THE NEW DAY" with TALIB KWELI from 'EAR DRUM'
Released on August 21, this is Jones latest hip-hop collaboration. She also sang on the track "Take Off Your Cool" on Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album. 'Ear Drum' debuted at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart.

"WORLD OF TROUBLE" from 'THE HOTTEST STATE' soundtrack
Released on August 7, The NY Post recently called this "the best soundtrack for any film this year," and it finds Norah keeping good company with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Feist, and others. All the songs on the soundtrack were written by longtime Norah collaborator Jesse Harris, who earned a Grammy in 2003 for penning her hit "Don't Know Why."

"MY BLUE HEAVEN" from 'GOIN' HOME: A TRIBUTE TO FATS DOMINO'
Due September 25, this all-star tribute also features Elton John, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, Lucinda Williams, Ben Harper, Toots and the Maytals, Taj Mahal, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae and Bonnie Raitt. A portion of proceeds will be donated to New Orleans public schools.

"COURT AND SPARK' with HERBIE HANCOCK from 'RIVER: THE JONI LETTERS'
Set for September 25 release, Hancock's new album is a collection of songs composed by or influential to Joni Mitchell. Norah contributed vocals for this Mitchell classic, joined on the track by Hancock, Wayne Shorter and other jazz legends.

"EASY" with ANOUSHKA SHANKAR and KARSH KALE from 'BREATHING UNDERWATER'
Norah lends vocals to this acclaimed album, released August 28 on Manhattan Records, which blends Indian classical, electronica, dance, and folk.

"AMERICAN ANTHEM" from KEN BURNS' new series 'THE WAR'
This recording will be featured prominently in Ken Burns' anticipated new series on World War II. The song is also included on the soundtrack which comes out September 11. The series premieres on PBS on September 23.

In other Norah news, she will perform on the season premiere of Austin City Limits, airing the weekend of October 6 /7, 2007, where she'll be the featured guest for the show's entire hour. And on September 21 you can tune in to hear her on NPR's World Cafe.

Norah's latest album 'Not Too Late' is one of the year's best sellers. It is the only album by a single artist to top the Billboard Album Chart for three weeks this year. It has topped the album charts in 29 countries in all, with worldwide sales in excess of 4 million copies.

Norah Jones discography and reviews

Norah Jones Discography

Here is a quick list audio and DVD. For the audio there are usually expanded versions with a few bonus cuts. Follow the link.

Nora Jones discography and reviews
The Fall
2009
The Fall
Deluxe
2009
The Little Willies
2006
 
Come Away with Me
2002
Feels Like Home
2004
Not Too Late
2007
 
1. Don't Know Why
2. Seven Years
3. Cold Cold Heart
4. Feelin' The Same Way
5. Come Away With Me
6. Shoot The Moon
7. Turn Me On
8. Lonestar
9. I've Got To See You Again
10. Painter Song
11. One Flight Down
12. Nightingale
13. The Long Day Is Over
14. The Nearness Of You
1. Sunrise
2. What Am I To You?
3. Those Sweet Words
4. Carnival Town
5. In The Morning
6. Be Here To Love Me
7. Creepin' In
8. Toes
9. Humble Me
10. Above Ground
11. The Long Way Home
12. The Prettiest Thing
13. Don't Miss You At All
1. Wish I Could
2. Sinkin' Soon
3. The Sun Doesn't Like You
4. Until The End
5. Not My Friend
6. Thinkin’ About You
7. Broken
8. My Dear Country
9. Wake Me Up
10. Be My Somebody
11. Little Room
12. Rosie's Lullaby
13. Not Too Late
DVD's
Live in New Orleans (2002) recorded live at the House of Blues in New Orleans on August 24, 2002. The concert covers most of Norah Jones' debut album live. Songs not on the album include "Comes Love," "What Am I To You" (from Feels Like Home) ""Something is Calling You," "Bessie Smith," and "Tennessee Waltz." Songs on the album not performed at the concert include "Shoot The Moon," "Turn Me On," "The Long Day Is Over," and "The Nearness Of You." 
Live in New Orleans (2002) Norah Jones and The Handsome Band - Live in 2004 Live from Austin, TX 6/14/07
 
1 Cold Cold Heart
2 Nightingale
3 One Flight Down
4 Seven Years
5 Feelin’ the Same Way
6 Comes Love
7 Something Is Calling You
8 Come Away With Me
9 What Am I To You?
10 Painter Song
11 Lonestar
12 I’ve Got to See You Again
13 Bessie Smith
14 Don’t Know Why
15 Encore: Tennessee Waltz
16 Music Video: Come Away With Me

Band:
Norah Jones vocals, piano, wurllitzer
Adam Levy - guitar, backing voclas
Lee Alexander - bass
Andrew Borger - drums
Daru - backing vocal (11)

1. What Am I To You?
2. Sunrise
3. Those Sweet Words
4. In The Morning
5. Carnival Town
6. That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round (with Richard Julian)
7. Humble Me
8. Don't Miss You At All
9. The Long Way Home
10. Don't Know Why
11. Creepin' In (with Dolly Parton)
12. The Prettiest Thing
13. Moon Song
14. Above Ground
15. Loretta (with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
16. Life Is A Carnival
Bonus outtake tracks 

She 
Come Away With Me
Creepin' In
Toes

Music Videos:
What Am I To You? 
Those Sweet Words 

More
1 Come Away With Me
2 Those Sweet Words
3 The Sun Doesn't Like You
4 Not My Friend
5 Thinking About You
6 Be My Somebody
7 Rosie's Lullaby
8 Sunrise
9 Sinkin Soon w/ J. Walter Hawkes
10 Not Too Late
11 My Dear Country
12 Little Room
13 Broken
14 Long Way Home
15 Creepin In w/ M. Ward
16 Hands On The Wheel w/ M. Ward
17 Blue Bayou w/ M. Ward
18 Don't Know Why
Other Norah Jones items of interest
...Featuring Norah Jones - Norah as a guest. 
Artist's Choice: Norah Jones - Not Norah as an artist, rather a collection of her favorites and influences.
The Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones
New York City
...Featuring Norah Jones The Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones
New York City
Artist's Choice: Norah Jones
 
Deep Cuts - An EP MP3 set of 4 songs.
Willie Nelson releases
It Always Will Be "Dreams Come True" - featuring with Norah Jones 
American Classic "Baby It's Cold Outside" - featuring with Norah Jones 
Deep Cuts It Always Will Be American Classic
 
Norah Jones discography and reviews
...Featuring Norah Jones
Norah Jones discography and reviews

1. Love Me - The Little Willies
2. Virginia Moon - Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones
3. Turn Them - Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones
4. Baby It's Cold Outside - Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones
5. Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson
6. Ruler Of My Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones
7. The Best Part - El Madmo
8. Take Off Your Cool - Outkast featuring Norah Jones
9. Life Is Better - Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones
10. Soon The New Day - Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones
11. Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones
12. Here We Go Again - Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones
13. Loretta - Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
14. Dear John - Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones
15. Creepin' In - Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton
16. Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones
17. More Than This - Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones
18. Blue Bayou - Norah Jones featuring M. Ward

...Featuring Norah Jones
Product Description
Besides selling 40 million albums and winning 9 Grammys in less than 10 years, over the years Norah Jones has collaborated with dozens and dozens of artists from across the spectrum of music. This album collects Norah's favorite collaborations from 2001-2010 into one amazing collection: legends like Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and Herbie Hancock, rock artists ranging from Foo Fighters to Ryan Adams to Belle and Sebastian, hip hop luminaries OutKast, Q-Tip and Talib Kweli. No matter the genre however, Norah's enchanting voice is the common denominator and while the partners are varied, she ends up owning every song and this album is a wonderful collection that holds together brilliantly. The album is a testament to Norah's status as one of the most in-demand and tasteful musical connectors in music. 
Nora Jones discography and reviews
The Fall
Norah Jones discography and reviews


1. Chasing Pirates (Norah Jones)
2. Even Though (Norah Jones/Jesse Harris)
3. Light As a Feather (Norah Jones/Ryan Adams)
4. Young Blood (Norah Jones/Mike Martin)
5. I Wouldn't Need You (Norah Jones)
6. Waiting (Norah Jones)
7. It's Gonna Be (Norah Jones)
8. You've Ruined Me (Norah Jones)
9. Back To Manhattan (Norah Jones)
10. Stuck (Norah Jones/Will Sheff)
11. December (Norah Jones)
12. Tell Yer Mama (Norah Jones/Jesse Harris/Richard Julian)
13. Man Of The Hour (Norah Jones)

With Deluxe Edition
Disc: 2 
1. It's Gonna Be (live) 
2. Waiting (live) 
3. You've Ruined Me (live) 
4. Jesus, etc. (live) 
5. Cry Cry Cry (live) 
6. Strangers (live) 

The Fall
The Fall 
Deluxe w/ Live EP
Press Release

Produced by Jacquire King, Album Features New Band Members &
Songwriting Collaborations with Ryan Adams, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, & Jesse Harris

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones will release The Fall, her fourth studio album on Blue Note Records on November 17, 2009. Jones wrote nearly all of the songs in the past two years since completing tours in support of her 2007 global chart-topping, U.S. double-platinum album Not Too Late.

Beloved by fans for her sultry vocals and jazz-informed, piano-driven pop songwriting, Jones has taken a new direction on The Fall, seeing it as a chance to experiment with different sounds and an opportunity to work with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones also enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris.

"I knew I wanted to try some different things on this album," Jones says. "I'd been playing with the same musicians for a long time. We're all still friendly and I hope we play together again, but it felt like a good time to work with new people and experiment with different sounds. As far as a producer, I wanted someone who could take me out of my comfort zone and find the right musicians to capture what I wanted to do with this collection of songs. I got in touch with Jacquire initially because he engineered one of my favorite records of all time, Tom Waits' Mule Variations. He was really eager to do it and we got along really well, which was important."

King helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). Jones and King tailored the songs to the musicians' strengths. "I think the record sounds different due to the variety of musicians we used," Jones says, "I knew I wanted to play with grooves more than I have on previous albums. Some of these new songs lent themselves to having driving rhythms underneath."

Another noticeable change on Jones' upcoming album is that she plays mostly guitar. "I actually write more on guitar than I do on piano," she says. "It just felt more natural for me to play it on these songs."

Since coming on the scene in 2002, Jones' has sold a collective 36 million albums worldwide. Her three studio albums, 2002's eight-time Grammy Award-winning Come Away With Me, 2004's Feels Like Home, and 2007's Not Too Late have each topped the Billboard top 200 album charts in the U.S. and gone to No. 1 around the world. All three have been certified multi-platinum, while Come Away With Me has been certified diamond.

Since 2007, Jones has collaborated with a number of artists, including Herbie Hancock, Talib Kweli, Willie Nelson, Q-Tip, Irma Thomas, and Andy Samberg's comedy troupe The Lonely Island. She has also contributed to various soundtracks, including Ken Burns' The War, Ethan Hawke's The Hottest State, and Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights, as well as the Fats Domino tribute album Goin' Home. In 2007, Jones starred opposite Jude Law in My Blueberry Nights and made a cameo in this year's season finale of 30 Rock. Also this year, Jones was featured as a flagship artist on Apple's GarageBand, presenting a tutorial on how to perform her song "Thinking About You."

Nora Jones discography and reviews
Not Too Late
Norah Jones discography and reviews
Norah Jones release Not Too Late has much to offer, with both similarities and differences to her previous albums. The similarities are that cool, smooth, mellow, pop sound along with Norah's distinctive gorgeous voice. 

Norah has most of the same primary musicians backing her as on her previous releases, but additionally adds other musicians throughout the album. In fact this personnel give the album some of its differences, primarily the use of a variety of well placed horns (sax, trumpets, tuba's, etc.) on select tracks. 

The horns are notable on two tracks that remind of some Steely Dan material that I love. First, "Sinkin' Soon" is a waltz, very well done. Norah usually likes to have a jazzy track on a album and this would be the one from Not Too Late. The Steely Dan track I noted is a Duke Ellington cover from their Pretzel Logic release entitled "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo." If you like this track another that comes to mind is Garcia Grisman's "Dawg's Waltz," from their debut. 

The other Steely Dan "link" is on the track, "Thinking About You." It has a great pop feel, with the organ carrying the rhythm, while the saxophone nicely fills the spaces.  This song is a keeper. This reminds me of the Steely Dan track, "Dirty Work," from their debut Can't Buy a Thrill. Sure, Dan open up the instrumental section longer, but the organ and saxophone lines are very reminiscent. While hearing the song I'm waiting for Norah to sing the words, 
"I'm a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah
I don't wanna do your dirty work
No more
I'm a fool to do your dirty work
Oh yeah"
That didn't happen. So do I like the song because it brings back memories? Perhaps. However, if the song wasn't good, the reaction would be negative rather than positive. 

Adding a country flavor, in a mellow way, Jones sings "Wake Me Up," and in a bit more upbeat mode to "Rosie's Lullaby."

Several tracks sounds like they could enjoy great radio success, "I Wish I Could," Think' About You," "Be My Somebody," and "Rosie's Lullaby." They are all solid. "Be My Somebody" is the hardest rocking song on the album, due to the slide guitar charms of Tony Scherr.

Jones ends the album like her first two, a soft solo number. Well almost. On this one  she does implement very light use of bass and drums rather than just piano.

Overall a solid release that offers several songs that will be fan favorites, as well as some solid album track keepers and a few sleepers, covering a range of styles. 

Not Too Late TRACK LISTING:
1. Wish I Could
2. Sinkin' Soon
3. The Sun Doesn't Like You
4. Until The End
5. Not My Friend
6. Thinkin’ About You
7. Broken
8. My Dear Country
9. Wake Me Up
10. Be My Somebody
11. Little Room
12. Rosie's Lullaby
13. Not Too Late

DVD with Deluxe edition

1. "Thinking About You" (Music Video)
2. "Until The End" (Music Video)
3. "Sinkin' Soon" (Music Video)
4. Interview with Norah
5. "Thinking About You" (behind the scenes at the video shoot)
6. "Sinkin' Soon" (behind the scenes at the video shoot)
PLUS two live bonus tracks from Rehearsals.com filmed in Burbank, CA, in November 2006.

Jones’ last release, 2004’s Feels Like Home (Blue Note) is certified four times platinum in the U.S. The album’s lead single “Sunrise,” earned Jones a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, bringing her career total to eight, including two Grammys for “Here We Go Again,” her 2004 collaboration with Ray Charles, and five for her 2002 debut album ‘Come Away with Me.’ Jones’ career sales total over 15 million in the U.S. and over 30 million worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist of the 21st century.

Not Too Late
Not Too Late 
Deluxe w/ DVD
Press Release
On January 30, 2007, Blue Note Records will release Norah Jones’ third studio album, Not Too Late. The album features thirteen new songs, all written or co-written by Jones. Not Too Late was produced by Lee Alexander, Jones’ songwriting partner and bassist.

Not Too Late features many of Jones’ longtime collaborators including guitarists Adam Levy, Jesse Harris, Kevin Breit and Robbie McIntosh, drummer Andy Borger, and singer Daru Oda. Other album guests include singer M. Ward, organist Larry Goldings, and Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

Not Too Late was recorded in 2006 at various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Jones and Alexander’s home studio.

Not too Late album credit details 

1. "Wish I Could" (Norah Jones-Lee Alexander): Norah Jones: vocals; Jesse Harris: acoustic guitars; Julia Kent: pizzicato cello; Jeffery Ziegler: bowed cello 

2. "Sinkin' Soon" (Lee Alexander-Norah Jones): Norah Jones: vocals, piano; Daru Oda: vocals; M. Ward: vocals; Jesse Harris: guitjo; Kevin Breit: mandolin; J. Walter Hawkes: trombone; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: drums, slit drum, pots and pans 

3. "The Sun Doesn't Like You" (Norah Jones-Lee Alexander): Norah Jones: vocals, piano; Jesse Harris: acoustic guitar; Adam Levy: electric guitar; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: drums; Paul Bryan: Chamberlain keyboards 

4. "Until The End" (Norah Jones-Lee Alexander): Norah Jones: vocals, Wurlitzer, piano; Jesse Harris: acoustic guitar; Adam Levy: electric guitar; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: drums; Larry Goldings: Hammond B-3 organ 

5. "Not My Friend" (Norah Jones): Norah Jones: vocals; Jesse Harris: acoustic guitars; Adam Levy: backwards electric guitars; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: marimba, cymbals 

6. "Thinking About You" (Norah Jones-Ilhan Ersahin): Norah Jones: vocals, Wurlitzer; Chuck Mackinnon: trumpet; Rob Suddith: tenor sax; Lee Alexander: bass; Tony Mason: drums; Devin Greenwood: Hammond B-3 organ 

7. "Broken" (Norah Jones-Lee Alexander): Norah Jones: vocals, electric guitar; Julia Kent: outro cellos; Lee Alexander: pizzicato, bowed basses 

8. "My Dear Country" (Norah Jones): Norah Jones: vocals, piano; J. Walter Hawkes: trombones; Jose Davilla: tuba; Bill McHenry: tenor sax; Larry Goldings: Hammond B-3 organ 

9. "Wake Me Up" (Norah Jones-Lee Alexander): Norah Jones: vocals, acoustic guitars; Lee Alexander: bass, lap steel; Andy Borger: drums 

10. "Be My Somebody" (Norah Jones): Norah Jones: vocals, Wurlitzer; Richard Julian: vocals; Tony Scherr: electric guitar; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: drums; Larry Goldings: Hammond B-3 organ 

11. "Little Room" (Norah Jones): Norah Jones: vocals, acoustic guitar; Lee Alexander: bass; Daru Oda: whistle 

12. "Rosie's Lullaby" (Norah Jones-Daru Oda): Norah Jones: vocals, Wurlitzer; Daru Oda: vocals; Adam Levy: electric guitar, vocal; Robbie McIntosh: electric guitar; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: drums 

13. "Not Too Late" (Norah Jones-Lee Alexander): Norah Jones: vocals, piano, Mellotron; Lee Alexander: bass; Andy Borger: drums 

Norah Jones discography and reviews
Feels Like Home
Norah Jones discography and reviews
1. Sunrise
2. What Am I To You?
3. Those Sweet Words
4. Carnival Town
5. In The Morning
6. Be Here To Love Me
7. Creepin' In
8. Toes
9. Humble Me
10. Above Ground
11. The Long Way Home
12. The Prettiest Thing
13. Don't Miss You At All
Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Edition
14. Sleepless Nights (bonus track)
15. Moon Song (bonus track)
16. I Turned Your Picture To The Wall 

Disc: 2 - Deluxe Edition only
1. In The Morning (live) (DVD)
2. She (live) (DVD)
3. Long Way Home (live) (DVD)
4. Creepin' In (live) (DVD)
5. Sunrise (music video) (DVD)
6. What Am I To You? (music video) (DVD)
7. Interview with Norah (DVD)
Feels Like Home
Feels Like Home Deluxe Edition

Press Release
Norah Jones - Feels Like Home 

When Norah Jones released her debut disc, Come Away With Me, on Blue Note Records in February 2002, the then 22-year-old singer had no idea the album would be a best-seller. In fact, she kept her expectations low. "I like having low expectations, 'cause then if something turns out well, you're always surprised in a good way," says Jones at Sear Studios in New York while doing the final mixes on her album Feels Like Home.

As it turns out, Jones enjoyed an abundance of surprises. A runaway hit, "Come Away With Me," became a multi-Grammy winner, multi-platinum seller and opened the door for her to perform around the world with her band. Her producer Arif Mardin surmises that the CD was a tipping-point album. "People were ready for heartfelt music," he says, while working with Jones on the mixes. "Norah is in the vanguard of another kind of pop music listeners have been yearning for. We're now in a period of time where listeners are looking for real artists."

Norah Jones returns to the heartfelt on Feels Like Home, her new Blue Note album. The collection features the singer-songwriter-pianist once again teaming with Mardin, engineer Jay Newland and her close-knit touring band. Jones has penned several songs-by herself and with songwriting partner Lee Alexander-gathered other songs from her band mates and friends, and delivers three covers: Townes Van Zandt's "Be Here To Love Me," Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's "The Long Way Home" and Duke Ellington's "Melancholia," which she wrote lyrics to and retitled "Don't Miss You At All."

The CD was recorded in two sessions. Last April Jones and her band convened in an upstate New York studio and worked on new songs, including some they had been performing in concert. After an extensive U.S. summer tour, everyone reassembled in New York City to revisit the tracks already recorded, work on different arrangements that had been road-tested and add new numbers to the mix.

On the disc, Jones plays piano, Wurlitzer electric piano and pump organ and features her core group, comprising guitarists Adam Levy and Kevin Breit, background vocalist Daru Oda, bassist Lee Alexander and drummer Andrew Borger. She also brings aboard a select short-list of guests, including Dolly Parton, drummer Levon Helm and organist/accordionist Garth Hudson of The Band, long-time friends guitarists Jesse Harris and Tony Scherr, drummer Brian Blade and keyboardist Rob Burger.

Mardin oversaw the production and again watched Jones work her magic. "These new songs have been a wonderful journey. This album is not about synthesizers or computers. It's about Norah being au natural. She doesn't need pitch correction. She's always in tune, and her voice always touches you. Millions of people around the world feel the same way."

Like the first album, Jones imbues the music on Feels Like Home with country, pop and jazz colors. Unlike the quiet, balladic mood of Come Away With Me (which she once characterized as "mellow"), Jones varied the tempo on the new album to reflect the evolution of her live performances. "I'm very proud of my first record, but I was ready for something a little different," she says, then jokes, "This time it's not quite as mellow. But it's still pretty low-key."

The first single of the CD, "Sunrise," has a bright, buoyant feel and is a tune co-written by Jones and Alexander. "We've been writing a lot together the last two years," she says. "We finally figured how we work best."

The Borger-Oda tune "Above Ground" grooves with funky tinges and chills with gorgeous harmony vocals. "We played this song for the first time in April, and the rehearsal ended up being the take. I'm glad Jay taped it!"

Levy's contribution, "In the Morning," features Jones pushing beyond the mellow zone with a bluesy wail and a Wurlitzer solo. "Well, that's rockin' out for us," she says with a smile. "Actually, that was one of the first new songs that we played when we started."

Alexander's hoedown, "Creepin' In," another Jones and Co. upbeat in-concert highlight, almost didn't make it onto the record because the group wasn't sure it would mesh with the rest of the material. But after Jones was invited to Nashville to sing with Dolly Parton at the 2003 Country Music Awards, she decided to ask the country singer for a favor: to duet with her on the bluegrass-spiced number. "We asked Dolly if she'd like to sing on the album and she said yes," says Jones. "We were so nervous when she came into the studio. She came in and sang her butt off. She sounds great, and Kevin has a great guitar solo on it."

Equally exciting for Jones was the participation of Helm and Hudson. A big fan of both, she brought the pair in to help her finally nail "What Am I to You," her tune that had been recorded previously. "We've recorded that song five times but never quite got it." On a whim, she called Tony Scherr to take a stab at it when her other two guitarists were out of town. Then she brought in Helm and Hudson. "It was real special. I have a lot of respect for both of them, and they're so nice."

There are several other band originals in the collection, including two slow-tempo beauties with Harris guesting on guitar: Jones and Alexander's melancholic "Carnival Town" and Alexander and singer-songwriter friend Richard Julian's lyrical "Those Sweet Words." Jones and Alexander also collaborated on another live favorite, the gently flowing "Toes"; Breit contributed the character sketch "Humble Me," and Jones co-wrote "The Prettiest Thing" with Alexander and Julian.

As for covers, Jones renders Townes Van Zandt's "Be Here To Love Me," which she points out has "my favorite Adam Levy guitar moment on the album." Originally she chose the tune to help pick up the tempo on the CD. "But we ended up slowing it down," she says. "Garth sounds great on the accordion, and Kevin, Adam and Daru sang background vocals." She hastens to add, "It's a great song. I love Townes."

Jones is also an admirer of Tom Waits, whose song "The Long Way Home" (co-written by Waits' wife Kathleen Brennan), driven by an upbeat Johnny Cash-like guitar bass line, appears on the album. "I met Tom and Kathleen at a concert he was doing. Tom asked me if I had listened to the demos he sent me," Jones says. "I didn't even know he had sent me anything, but I assured him I would track them down." She did and she liked what she heard, but was reluctant at first to record it. "We've covered a couple of his tunes in concert, but it's hard to do because I like his versions so much. I'm a huge fan. We pretty much recorded it like he did."

Feels Like Home also features a song Jones developed four years ago. She wrote lyrics to the Duke Ellington instrumental "Melancholia," recorded a demo of it and has been performing it regularly in concert. She decided to record it for the new disc (as "Don't Miss You At All") especially because Blue Note President Bruce Lundvall loves it so much. "I didn't set out to write lyrics to this song," she says. "Just the thought of touching an Ellington composition scares me. But I was so inspired by it."

Inspiration is at the heart of Feels Like Home. While Jones approached recording her follow-up to Come Away With Me with the same sense of musical integrity, she maintains that she did not set out to duplicate its achievement. "I'm glad that people liked the last album. It was where I was at the time, musically. This is where I am now. That's what a recording is for me, like a snapshot. We had so much fun making this record."

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Come Away With Me
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Norah Jones - Come Away With MeCome Away With is a a stunning debut.

 

1. Don't Know Why
2. Seven Years
3. Cold Cold Heart
4. Feelin' The Same Way
5. Come Away With Me
6. Shoot The Moon
7. Turn Me On
8. Lonestar
9. I've Got To See You Again
10. Painter Song
11. One Flight Down
12. Nightingale
13. The Long Day Is Over
14. The Nearness Of You

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The Little Willies

http://www.myspace.com/thelittlewillies

Noted influences
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Nichols, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams

Interview - The boot.com

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"I love playing country music," says Norah Jones. "More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home."

Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls—Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums)—have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country tunes and conjuring that down-home spirit.

With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies take on songs by such masters as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to a project that was first born for purely practical reasons.

In 2003, The Little Willies line-up solidified as an excuse for the five friends to spend a night playing music together at the Living Room on New York’s Lower East Side. The show proved to be too much fun for both the musicians and audience for it to remain a one-off. Over the next couple years, The Little Willies continued to play at the Living Room whenever all five members were in town.

Despite hailing from the far corners of the country—California, Massachusetts, Texas, Delaware—the Willies all grew up listening to a certain breed of classic American music. Though they all had various projects of their own, with various sounds and styles, they relished the opportunity to perform both familiar country classics and lesser-known gems and, eventually, to add some originals based in that same tradition.

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THE LITTLE WILLIES are:
Norah Jones (piano, vocals)
Lee Alexander (bass) 
Jim Campilongo (electric guitar) vocals) Richard Julian (guitar, vocals) 
Dan Rieser (drums)

Jan 2012 release

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 I Worship You   Ralph Stanley 2:50
2 Remember Me   Scotty Wiseman 3:59
3 Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves   Cal Martin 3:04
4 Lovesick Blues   Cliff Friend, Irving Mills 3:59
5 Tommy Rockwood   Jim Campilongo 2:37
6 Fist City   Loretta Lynn 2:59
7 Permanently Lonely   Willie Nelson 2:41
8 Foul Owl On The Prowl   Quincy Jones, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman 3:34
9 Wide Open Road   Johnny Cash 2:31
10 For the Good Times   Kris Kristofferson 3:46
11 If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time   Lefty Frizzell, Jim Beck 1:46
12 Jolene   Dolly Parton 4:51
iTunes Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13 Pennies on the Floor   Jim Campilongo, Van Riff 2:52
Amazon Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13 Delia's Gone   Dick Toops, Karl Silbersdorf 4:10

For the Good Times

Product Description
THE LITTLE WILLIES are:
Norah Jones (piano, vocals)
Lee Alexander (bass) 
Jim Campilongo (electric guitar) vocals) Richard Julian (guitar, vocals) 
Dan Rieser (drums)

On their self-titled debut CD they cover a range of songs by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt and Fred Rose, as well as band member originals.

Original Release Date: March 7, 2006 
Label: Milking Bull Records/EMI 

  1. Roly Poly
  2. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
  3. Love Me
  4. It's Not You, It's Me
  5. Best Of All Possible Worlds
  6. No Place To Fall
  7. Roll On
  8. I Gotta Get Drunk
  9. Streets Of Baltimore
10. Easy As The Rain
11. Tennessee Stud
12. Night Life
13. Lou Reed

The Little Willies
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DVD - Norah Jones - Live from Austin, TX
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Includes material supporting the release Not Too Late and some classics.

June 14, 2007, Performance
1 Come Away With Me
2 Those Sweet Words
3 The Sun Doesn't Like You
4 Not My Friend
5 Thinking About You
6 Be My Somebody
7 Rosie's Lullaby
8 Sunrise
9 Sinkin Soon w/ J. Walter Hawkes
10 Not Too Late
11 My Dear Country
12 Little Room
13 Broken
14 Long Way Home
15 Creepin In w/ M. Ward
16 Hands On The Wheel w/ M. Ward
17 Blue Bayou w/ M. Ward
18 Don't Know Why

Norah Jones - Live from Austin, TX
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What a ride it s been for Norah Jones since that night in March 2002, when I first heard her rich, seductive tones as she performed in a cramped room above an Indian restaurant in downtown Austin at a South by Southwest showcase. A few months later she recorded her first Austin City Limits. Now, after five years, many millions of CD s sold, a shelf full of Grammy Awards, and worldwide acclaim, Norah returns to ACL as one of the most successful and respected recording artists of the decade. This performance from June 14, 2007, includes some of those now-classics that captivated an audience longing for heartfelt music. It also highlights her growth as a serious songwriter on her third CD, Not Too Late. These new songs are more honest, closer to my gut, she says. This record is much more personal....I like writing songs that are not so cut-and-dried, songs with a twist to them.

One thing that hasn t changed is her passion for all kinds of musical styles, which probably has a lot to do with growing up in Texas and now living in the heart of New York City. Touches of smoky jazz, country twang, Memphis soul and old-fashioned Tin Pan Alley permeate her original songs as well as her choice of other songwriters material.

Watching her on the ACL stage is the next best thing to having her sitting at a piano in your living room. She and her longtime band mates slide into a groove as cozy as an old pair of slippers. They venture into some new musical territory, but at the center of it all is that voice, that voice that has touched millions around the world. As Time Magazine put it, she may just prove to be the most natural singer of her generation.
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DVD - Norah Jones and The Handsome Band - Live in 2004
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DVD Features:
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
1. What Am I To You?
2. Sunrise
3. Those Sweet Words
4. In The Morning
5. Carnival Town
6. That's The Way That The World Goes 'Round (with Richard Julian)
7. Humble Me
8. Don't Miss You At All
9. The Long Way Home
10. Don't Know Why
11. Creepin' In (with Dolly Parton)
12. The Prettiest Thing
13. Moon Song
14. Above Ground
15. Loretta (with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
16. Life Is A Carnival

Bonus outtake tracks: She, Come Away With Me, Creepin' In (alternate version), Toes (outtake from "Live In New Orleans")

Music videos: Those Sweet Words, What Am I to You?

Mini-documentaries: The Handsome Band Bio: From the Beginning, 24 Hours on the Handsome Bus, Robbie and Adam's Guitar Tour

Norah Jones and The Handsome Band - Live in 2004
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DVD - Norah Jones - Live in New Orleans (2002)
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Track listing: 

1 Cold Cold Heart
2 Nightingale
3 One Flight Down
4 Seven Years
5 Feelin’ the Same Way
6 Comes Love
7 Something Is Calling You
8 Come Away With Me
9 What Am I To You?
10 Painter Song
11 Lonestar
12 I’ve Got to See You Again
13 Bessie Smith
14 Don’t Know Why
15 Encore: Tennessee Waltz
16 Music Video: Come Away With Me

Norah Jones: Vocals, Piano, Wurlitzer
Her Very Handsome Band:
Adam Levy: Guitar, Backing Vocals; Lee Alexander: Bass; Andrew Borger: Drums; Daru: Backing Vocals (track 11)

 

Norah Jones - Live in New Orleans (2002)
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Film - My Blueberry Nights (2008)
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Blue Note Records To Release Soundtrack To Wong Kar Wai's New Film My Blueberry Nights

Album Due Out Feb 5 Featuring A New Song By Norah Jones, Music By Cat Power, Otis Redding, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Amos Lee, Cassandra Wilson & Selections From Ry Cooder's Score Film Is Wong's English-Language Debut Starring Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz & Natalie Portman

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Story (Norah Jones)
Performed by Norah Jones

2. Living Proof (Chan Marshall)
Performed by Cat Power
From the album The Greatest (Matador Records)

3. Ely Nevada (R.Cooder-J.Cooder)
Performed by Ry Cooder

4. Try A Little Tenderness (Campbell-Connelly-Woods)
Performed by Otis Redding
From the album Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
(Atlantic Records)

5. Looking Back (Benton-Otis)
Performed by Ruth Brown
From the album Black Is Brown and Brown Is Beautiful (Passport Records)

6. Long Ride (R.Cooder-J.Cooder)
Performed by Ry Cooder

7. Eyes on the Prize (Tradional arr. Cooder-Staples)
Performed by Mavis Staples
From the album We'll Never Turn Back (Anti/Epitaph Records)

8. Yumeji's Theme (Shigeru Umebayashi)
Performed by Chikara Tsuzuki

9. Skipping Stone (Amos Lee)
Performed by Amos Lee
From the album Supply and Demand (Blue Note Records)

10. Bus Ride (Martin Pradler)
Performed by Ry Cooder

11. Harvest Moon (Neil Young)
Performed by Cassandra Wilson
From the album New Moon Daughter (Blue Note Records)

12. Devil's Highway (Cooder-Commagere-Smith-Messelbeck)
Performed by Hello Stranger

13. Pajaros (Gustavo Santaolalla)
Performed by Gustavo Santaolalla

14. The Greatest (Chan Marshall)
Performed by Cat Power
From the album The Greatest (Matador Records)

My Blueberry Nights Soundtrack
My Blueberry Nights Dvd
Press Release
On February 5, 2008, Blue Note Records will release My Blueberry Nights, music from the new motion picture by director Wong Kar Wai (2046, In The Mood For Love, Happy Together). The first-ever English film by the acclaimed Hong Kong director, My Blueberry Nights is a romantic drama set as an American road movie starring Norah Jones in her acting debut, along with a stellar cast featuring Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman. The Weinstein Company will release My Blueberry Nights in U.S. theaters on February 13, 2008.
The soundtrack album is an impressive collection that stands on its own apart from the film. It features a wide swath of American music both new and old that touches upon R&B, Soul, Rock, Folk and Jazz, including “The Story,” a new song by Norah Jones based on her experience in the film, as well as music by Cat Power, Otis Redding, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Amos Lee, Cassandra Wilson, and instrumental selections from the score by Ry Cooder.

In a review of My Blueberry Nights' debut as the Opening Night Film of the 60th Cannes Film Festival in May, The Hollywood Reporter praised Jones' performance, declaring it “an auspicious acting debut...The glue here is Jones, who holds a wispy, wistful film together with a deeply felt, unselfconscious performance that strikes the right notes without ever falling into repetition or banality. She brings her singer's talent of knowing when to go for emotions and when to hold back to her acting. It's a remarkably assured work.”

In the film, Elizabeth (Jones) is a disenchanted young woman who embarks on a soul-searching journey to distance herself from a broken heart. As emotional wounds begin to fade, Elizabeth's experiences with a series of disconnected strangers lead to new and unexpected chapters in her life. From the poetic musings of a late-night café owner (Law), to the propositions of a down-on-her-luck gambler (Portman), to the broken bond between a troubled cop (Strathairn) and his rebellious wife (Weisz), these individuals redefin Elizabeth's perspectives on life, relationships and, ultimately, her own identity. Shot across the United States in New York, Memphis, Nevada, California, and along the legendary Route 66, the film is an intimate tale of love and self-discovery that features Wong's trademark visual flair and colorful characters.

“I got a call that Wong Kar Wai was looking for me,” says Jones, recounting how she ended up in her first-ever acting role. “I really didn't know anything about him, so I watched In The Mood For Love and thought it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. I thought maybe he wanted music so I had lunch with him and he asked me if I wanted to be in the movie!”
“I was first introduced to Norah through her music,” explains Wong. “As a matter of fact, I didn't even know what she looked like at the time. However, her voice intrigued me. It was so visual that it gave me a very specific image of her. I found Norah to be a natural actress who also allows her instincts to guide her.”

In between shoots for the film, Jones had managed to find time to record Not Too Late, her third album for Blue Note, which was released in January 2007 to critical acclaim, spending three weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart and going on to sell over four million copies worldwide. Originally, it was agreed that the multi-Grammy Award winner wouldn't contribute any music to the film's soundtrack so that she could focus on acting instead. However, at the last minute Wong changed his mind. 
“He asked if I had any songs that would go with the soundtrack, and actually there was this song I wrote one morning at 6 a.m. after we had finished shooting in New York City, and I came home and I wasn't tired yet,” Jones explains. “I went into my piano room which faces east and I watched the sun come up. It was so beautiful. I wrote that song that morning, very quickly, it just kind of came out. And then when he asked if I had any songs to contribute, that song made sense because it definitely was influenced by my experience in the film.”

“The Story”-which opens both the film and soundtrack album-reflects upon Jones' apprehension as a first-time actor (“I don't know how to begin”) and Wong's notoriously improvisational style of script-writing on the fly (“I don't know how it will end”). It's the sole new song on a diverse soundtrack featuring new and classic American music that Jones herself had a hand in selecting.
“[Wong] asked me before we started shooting if I would give him some music choices. He gave me a stack of photographs from their location scout and said to pick some music that goes along with the pictures. So I picked music that I already loved and also thought would fit. We ended up using a lot of the music during shooting. He would use the music to set up the mood or get the timing right.”

As Wong writes in the album's liner notes: “In order to understand how [Elizabeth] might travel from one ocean to the other, I took that long journey myself, not once but three times-three different routes from New York to Santa Monica… Mile after mile, the view outside my window and the music from the car stereo synched in unexpected ways to give me my first glimpse into the landscape of Elizabeth's heart. These trips not only shaped the story of MBN, but the soundtrack as well.”
Wong is no stranger to using American music in his films (consider his prominent use of The Mamas and The Papas' “California Dreamin'” in 1994's Chungking Express), typically setting a classic American song against a Hong Kong backdrop, a jarring technique that beautifully expressed his character's isolation or longing.
The opposite is true of My Blueberry Nights, with the music going hand-in-hand with the setting and perfectly capturing the landscapes and emotions. Most of the songs on the soundtrack are rooted in various American musical styles including R&B, Soul, Rock, Folk and Jazz, and they all reflect upon love and loss from different perspectives, whether it be Cassandra Wilson's spacious, dreamy take on Neil Young's “Harvest Moon,” Mavis Staples' driving rendition of the traditional “Eyes on the Prize” (which was produced by Ry Cooder), or Cat Power's sweet sad updating of Memphis soul on “Living Proof” and “The Greatest” (Chan Marshall also makes a cameo appearance in the film).
Amos Lee's soulful “Skipping Stone” acknowledges the hurt of heartbreak (“I don't know if I can do this alone / After all our sweet love has flown”), but almost seems to be reassuring Elizabeth's character that “Lovers will come / Lovers will go.”
Two classics-Otis Redding's soaring “Try A Little Tenderness” and Ruth Brown's regretful “Looking Back”-perfectly complement the heart-wrenching story set in Memphis of a lost love between an alcoholic cop who desperately struggles to hold on to his estranged wife despite her cold determination to begin a new life for herself.
The musical glue of the film and soundtrack album, however, are the instrumental selections from the score by Ry Cooder (Paris, Texas, Buena Vista Social Club), roots rock miniatures that convey the spaciousness and moodiness of the film. Three of Cooder's instrumentals appear on the album-“Ely Nevada,” “Long Ride” and “Busride”-as well as a lovely instrumental piece by Oscar-winning Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) entitled “Pajaros.”

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Still dreaming - Norah Jones, Keith Richards and a host of other musicians gather for an enchanting salute to Gram Parsons' legacy. - Los Angeles Times 7/12/2004
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