Day Breaks

Day Breaks

by Norah Jones

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Overview

Norah Jones took liberty with her blockbuster success to set out on a musical walkabout, spending a good portion of the decade following 2004's Feels Like Home experimenting, either on her own albums or on a variety of collaborations. Day Breaks, released four years after the atmospheric adult alternative pop of the Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts, finds Jones returning home to an extent: it, like her 2002 debut Come Away with Me, is a singer/songwriter album with roots in pop and jazz, divided between originals and sharply selected covers. Such similarities are immediately apparent, but Day Breaks is much slyer than a mere revival. That term suggests a slight air of desperation, but Jones comes from a place of confidence on Day Breaks, happy to demonstrate everything she's learned over the years. Often, these tricks are deliberately sly: she'll pair her torchy original "And Then There Was You" with a woozy, bluesy cover of Neil Young's "Don't Be Denied" that winds up evoking Come Away with Me, then follow that up with the dense, nocturnal rhythms of "Day Breaks." She threads in versions of Horace Silver's "Peace" and Duke Ellington's "African Flower" while inviting saxophonist Wayne Shorter and organist Lonnie Smith in to play -- moves that signal that there's a strong, elastic jazz undercurrent to Day Breaks that means this record breathes more than her debut. Such a sense of quiet adventure gives the record depth, but what gives it resonance are the exquisitely sculpted songs. Jones' originals feel as elegant as time-honored standards, and all her covers feel fresh. The former speak to her craft, the latter to her gifts as a stylist, and the two combine to turn Day Breaks into a satisfying testament to her ever-evolving musicianship.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2016
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0602547955715
catalogNumber: 002520702
Rank: 10215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norah Jones   Primary Artist,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Chris Thomas   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass
John Patitucci   Acoustic Bass
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Brian Blade   Drums
Daniel Sadownick   Percussion
Tony Scherr   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Lonnie Smith   Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Karriem Riggins   Drums
Jon Cowherd   Hammond B3
J. Walter Hawkes   Trombone
Vicente Archer   Acoustic Bass
Catherine Popper   Vocals
Maxim Moston   Violin
Sasha Dobson   Background Vocals
Todd Low   Viola
Leon Michels   Tenor Saxophone
Katie Kresek   Violin
Dave Eggar   Cello
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Tony Maceli   Bass
Pete Remm   Electric Guitar,Hammond B3
Petter Ericson Stakee   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Eli Wolf   Producer
Norah Jones   Composer,Producer
Dave Eggar   String Arrangements
Ted Tuthill   Engineer
Pete Remm   Composer
Chuck Palmer   Arranger,String Conductor
Phil Faconti   Orchestration
Sarah Oda   Composer,Producer
Marcela Avelar   Art Direction

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