Norah Jones: Don't Know Why
Don't Know Why
Norah Jones (vocals, piano)
Come Away With Me (Blue Note 32088)
Dan Rieser (drums).
Composed by Jesse Harris.
Recorded: New York, no date given (CD released in 2002)
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This lovely ballad, composed by Jones' guitarist, helped catapult the vocalist's Blue Note debut to the stratosphere. "Don't Know Why" won the Grammy for Record of the Year (one of five Grammies awarded to Jones that year), and was a major reason for the twenty million copies sold of this landmark CD. Everything clicks here - the wistful melody, Jones' impeccable phrasing, the understated accompaniment. This unexpected success for such a nuanced performance restores our much shaken (and sometimes stirred) faith in the taste of the mass market.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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