Norah Jones—perfect music for Starbucks or a dinner party? Maybe, but that does not do justice to the range of Jones’ jazz piano skills. In Day Breaks, Jones offers chiefly original material with a few covers, in musical styles ranging from her trademark smooth jazz to blues and the pop-inspired.
She sounds older and wiser, ready to “Carry On,” yet she remembers her youth: “Once I had a laugh/And now I’m older/But I will not forget/That once I had a laugh.” Excellent musicians such as saxophonist Wayne Shorter accompany Jones on this richly varied album. (Blue Note)