By: Derek Jung
In terms of soothing voices, my wife and I both agree that nothing compares to to relaxing sounds of Norah Jones. Touring on her new album, Day Breaks, she made a stop at the beautiful Taft Theater in Cincinnati. The packed house felt more like an intimate coffee shop, dead silent and in awe of one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our generation.
Norah was mostly business during the show, only briefly making some awkward banter with the crowd. She commented that it was cold, and corrected herself a song later that it wasn't cold in the theater, but outside. It was warm when they left New York City and none of them had packed jackets.
She began the night with a surprising cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows", which, for those who are familiar with Cohen's original, sounded great featuring Jones and her piano. The rest of the evening was filled with songs spanning her entire discography, but with obvious focus on three albums in particular: her multi-platinum debut Come Away With Me, her sophomore full length Feels Like Home, and the aforementioned Day Breaks. From time to time she would switch instruments, beginning at her piano, then later moving to a stand up keyboard and finally playing acoustic and electric guitar.
Combined with her backing band, songs from the new album, specifically my favorite, "Flipside" really popped in the live environment. Speaking of her backing band, they were also the opening band, Aloysius 3. While they didn't do much for me on their own, they definitely brought Norah's songs to the next level.
If you ever get the opportunity to see her live, it is well worth it. Grab a glass of wine, sit, relax, and enjoy.
Check out her perforamnce of "Flipside" on The Tonight Show below.
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