In the wake of her 2002 blockbuster debut, Norah Jones became an in-demand duet partner, popping up on albums from all manners of musicians. The 2010 compilation, …Featuring, helpfully rounds up 18 of these guest appearances, including a cut by the Jones-fronted country cabaret outfit the Little Willies, and what impresses is the range of collaborators and the consistency of the music. Anybody who called Norah up for a duet was clearly smitten by her way with slow-burning seduction, as they almost without fail cast her in that role for their own recordings, smoothing out rough edges or adding some sultry sophistication. This would seem like a limited specialty, but Featuring proves it's not. Jones sounds as comfortable trading verses with Willie Nelson and Ray Charles as she does acting as a counterpoint to Q-Tip and Outkast, providing alternating contrasts according to the setting; she freshens the veterans and provides a touch of timeless elegance to her modern rock peers. It may all be variations on a theme, but the sounds and songs change just enough for the music to be quietly absorbing. Better still, when these side shows are grouped together as a main attraction, they manage to sound of a piece. These may be songs that appeared on other artist's albums, but when presented as a collection, they seem to belong only to Norah Jones.
1: From the album THE LITTLE WILLIES released March 7, 2006 on Milking Bull Records 2006 Milking Bull Records under exclusive license to EMI Music NA
2: From the album IN YOUR HONOR released June 14, 2005 on Roswell Records/RCA 2005 Roswell Records Inc. under license from Sony Custom Marketing Group, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
3: From the album RINGS released July 21, 2009 on Frenchkiss Records 2009 Frenchkiss Records
4: From the album AMERICAN CLASSIC released August 25, 2009 on Blue Note Records 2009 Blue Note Records
5: From the ITUNES ORIGINALS performance released February 9, 2010 2010 Blue Note Records
6: From the album MEDICATED MAGIC released April 23, 2002 on Ropeadope Records 2002 Sheridan Square Records, a division of Sheridan Square Entertainment, Inc.
7: From the album EL MADMO released May 20, 2008 on Team Love Records 2008 under license from Team Love Records
8: From the album SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW released September 23, 2003 on Arista Records 2003 Arista Records Inc., under license from Sony Custom Marketing Group, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
9: From the album THE RENAISSANCE released November 4, 2008 on Universal Motown 2008 Universal Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
10: Contains elements of "Sheba's Song" (Paul Charles, John Mason) Published by Autumn Music. Used by permission. From the album EARDRUM released August 21, 2007 on Blacksmith/Warner Bros. Records 2007 Warner Bros. Records Inc. A Warner Music Group Company
11: Produced and mixed at The Sound Factory, Los Angeles. From the album WRITE ABOUT LOVE released October 12, 2010 on Matador Records 2010 Rough Trade Records. Licensed courtesy of Matador Records under license from Rough Trade Records
12: Recorded at RPM International Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Mixed at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA. From the album GENIUS LOVES COMPANY released August 31, 2004 on Concord Records 2004 Concord Records Inc.
13: From the DVD LIVE IN 2004 released November 16, 2004 on Blue Note Records ? 2004 Blue Note Records
14: From the album JACKSONVILLE CITY NIGHTS released September 27, 2005 on Lost Highway Records ? 2005 UMG Recordings, Inc.
15: From the album FEELS LIKE HOME released February 10, 2004 on Blue Note Records ? 2004 Blue Note Records
16: Recorded at Avatar Studios, NYC and Ocean Way Recordings, Hollywood, CA. Mixed at Market Street, Santa Monica, CA. From the album RIVER: THE JONI LETTERS released September 25, 2007 on Verve Records 2007 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
17: From the album SONGS FROM THE ANALOG PLAYGROUND released September 25, 2001 on Blue Note Records 2001 Blue Note Records
18: From the DVD LIVE FROM AUSTIN, TX released July 29, 2008 on New West Records 2008 New West Records, LLC
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