The guitars showed as rich a rapport as the singers. Though the piece lasted just two and a half minutes—more interlude than song—the emotion in the performances told a complete story. But Herbie Hancock , who knows Mitchell well, managed to impress her by avoiding any hint of imitation. Hancock's piano traveled far from the original melody , while Jones' vocal gave it grounding.
In this more than 7-minute elaboration , Hancock highlighted Mitchell's classical influence while guest Wayne Shorter another friend of the songwriter added painterly strokes. As closely as Jones hewed to the essential tune, the distance between her timbre and Mitchell's gave her reading a freshness that matched the inspired dreaminess of Hancock's piano. That provided an ideal entry point for Jones. Long before she worked with Q, she had proven herself to be fully fluent in jazz balladry, a skill which played well with the funky joy of " Life Is Better ," from the rapper's second solo album, ' The Renaissance '.
Jones' comfort freed him to shake up hip-hop's common use of a singer as just a device to voice the chorus. Instead, Q-let her dominate the track's first third, before his undulating flow took over. In doing so, he equalized the song's players, a dynamic echoed by the video, which presented the two stars spinning in a fleet pas-de-deux. And why not? She made the perfect foil for lead singer Stewart Murdoch. Her tone is as sure as his is fay.
The contrast suited a lyric fueled by futile longing. The racing drums of Mark Colenburg—clearly influenced by the early '90s British drum-n-bass trend—drove the track, tempered by Glasper's plush Fender Rhodes. The softness of his instrument, and the smoothness of Jones' vocal, made a bracing contrast to the briskness of the beat.
Anoushka plays the same instrument as their father. On " Easy ," the sitar's pinging reverberations and quavering notes made an ideal mate for Jones' wafting vocal. As the title of the song suggests, "Easy" offers comfort and connection, moods embodied by Jones accepting vocal and Shanker's floating fingerings. It's a mantra of a song, a call to love made deep by the artists' familial bond. To flesh out the project, they invited two singers to voice half the tracks: Jack White and Norah Jones.
Of the three songs fronted by Jones, " Problem Queen " struck the best mean between contemporary pop and a vintage Ennio Morricone score. While Jones channeled her haziest voice, the guitars recalled a clicking rhythm meant to mimic a trotting horse.
Together, it struck the right balance between homage and update. But their finest connection appeared on Richards' third solo album, ' Crosseyed Heart '.
As asthmatic as his vocal may have been, there's a sensitivity to it that encouraged Jones' most haunting tones. Together, the two seem like ghosts—apt for a song about the lingering effects of illusion. The finest is their take on the suddenly controversial song " Baby, It's Cold Outside.
Jones' wry delivery of her character's faux resistance to seduction—in contrast to Nelson's encouragement for her give in—underscores the song's witty intent. It helped that he's decades older than Jones, making their connection seem less like that of lovers than of mutually respectful musicians. The two have often aligned, either on the road or in their side project, Puss 'n Boots.
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Add Comment. Get the embed code The Peter Malick Group feat. All Your Love 2. Deceptively Yours 3. Heart of Mine 4. New York City radio edit 5. New York City - Radio Edit 6. Strange Transmissions 7.Lyrics to 'Don't Know Why' by Norah Jones. I waited 'til I saw the sun I don't know why I didn't come I left you by the house of fun I don't know why I didn't come I don't know why I didn't come.