Lighter, brighter and looser
International Women’s Day
Visions by Norah Jones
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Jones in the studio with producer, musician and co-songwriter Leon Michels, a founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings


Lighter, brighter and looser

If a bunch of the songs on Norah Jones’ latest record feel like live demos it’s because a number of them are pretty much that. The rawer sound on Visions – her ninth album released today –  speaks to the loose approach she developed with producer, musician and co-writer Leon Michels who observed with a laugh: “In the beginning it was pretty ratty-sounding.

“I was thinking to myself, OK, cool, eventually we’ll call in players and do really clean versions, which we tried a couple of times.” But Jones wasn’t having it. “Every time, Norah was like, ‘This is not better.’” 

Visions blends an eclectic set of sounds – pop, country, folk, jazz – while its dozen songs cover the stuff of everyday living – love lost, insecurity, getting free, awakening. What sets her work apart are her signature vocals – sometimes smoky with an earnest lilt, always real – and her unique musicianship, especially her piano play and timing. 

A regular person and a musician’s musician

In her 22 years making music Jones has distinguished herself not as an innovator but a top tier and probing musician. Her curiosity and deep musical knowledge move her to experiment with varied approaches and genres while collaborating with lots of different musicians.

During the height of the pandemic in 2020 she delighted her fans with weekly Thursday afternoon live-streamed concerts that lasted five minutes or, sometimes, half an hour. In Norah Jones ‘Live At Home’ she played piano and sang to her cel phone from her Brooklyn music room usually by herself and an occasional guest. It showed her as a regular person doing their best during isolation.

Last year she produced a podcast called Norah Jones is Playing Along, a set of 33 hour-long sets featuring her with a wide range of musicians from Robert Glasper and Andrew Bird to Alynda Segarra from Hurry for the Riff Raff to her half-sister Anoushka Shankar. Jones’ approachable persona and understated style make her an unlikely –and entirely appealing– best-selling star. Bravo to her. Happy International Women’s Day!

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08 March 2024


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