It’s been a while since award-winning jazz singer Norah Jones released a jazz album. Jones arrived in 2002, with the multi-Grammy-winning Come Away With Me, an album that went on to sell more than 11 million copies. Fourteen years later, the singer-songwriter’s sixth album, Day Breaks, sees Jones return to where it all began.
With nine original songs alongside three cover versions (Neil Young’s Don’t Be Denied, Horace Silver’s Peace, and big band originator Duke Ellington’s Fleurette Africaine), the album features a quartet of noted jazz musicians: saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr Lonnie Smith, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Now that Jones seems happy to embrace her coffee-shop-singer tag, after years of trying to shed it, I’ll happily bet that half a dozen of these hazy piano ballads, on which Jones’ sultry voice wraps around the listener like a comfy bathrobe, will soundtrack a Jennifer Aniston romcom before next summer.