Veteran jazz and soul producer Arif Mardin launched the career of
Norah Jones, Ravi Shankar's daughter, whose Come Away with Me (2002),
one of the biggest hits of its era,
delivered acoustic pop-blues-jazz-country fusion, mainly composed by
guitarist Jesse Harris and bassist Lee Alexander. Jones just lent her
mellow croon and her telegenic face to the operation.
Feel Like Home (2004) was a terrible follow-up (mostly covers) designed
to tap into the commercial success of the new star.
Mardin died in 2006 and Jones aimed for a more creative role on
Not Too Late (2007), entirely composed by her, but the results
were mixed at best.
In between the second and third album, Jones joined the
Little Willies, a detour into old-fashioned music documented on
Little Willies (2006)
The Fall (2009) was her soul (Chasing Pirates) and rock (It's Gonna Be) album, but, again, it mainly proved that Mardin (and former boyfriend Lee Alexander) had been the real brain behind her success.
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