Come Away With Me, she was lauded not only for the layered subtlety of her exquisite singing voice but also for her savvy and understated pianism. Later albums saw piano drifting discreetly out of her songs as Jones explored guitar and other sonic textures. But with her new album, Day Breaks, Jones’ piano is front and center once again, and the long-awaited reunion is as emotionally satisfying as seeing Ross and Rachel together in the last episode of Friends. It’s the most jazz-influenced of her projects to date, with Wayne Shorter and his band onboard to back her up. If Jones decides to stay on the piano bench, it may become her rightful seat on the throne vacated for an eternity by the late, great Shirley Horn.
When Norah Jones made her graceful explosion into stardom with her 2002 debut