Norah Jones: The Nearness of You


The Nearness of You


Norah Jones (vocals, piano)


Come Away With Me (Blue Note 32088)

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Norah Jones (vocals, piano).

Composed by Hoagy Carmichael


Recorded: New York, no date given (CD released in 2002)


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Almost from the release of her debut CD, critics carped that Norah Jones was not a “real jazz singer.” Students of the music’s history know that this criticism has been leveled at many of the greatest jazz performers of the last century, and is usually a signal that something interesting is afoot. Jones is, in fact, an exemplary jazz singer, and anyone who doubts it should listen to her sing an old ballad with just her own piano playing as accompaniment – as she does on this rendition of a Hoagy Carmichael standard. Her interpretation here is exquisite and heartfelt, and proves that Jones is the real deal whether handling contemporary material or (as on this track) a 70-year-old ballad.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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