“It's so exciting and flattering and fun when I get asked to sing with somebody that I admire,” says Jones. “It takes you a little bit out of your comfort zone when you're doing something with another artist. You don't know what to expect-it's kind of like being a little kid and having a playdate.”
The tracks on …Featuring span her entire career, from one of her earliest recording sessions (a version of Roxy Music’s “More Than This” with guitarist Charlie Hunter in 2001) to her most recent performance, a song called “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” that she cut with Belle and Sebastian, which will also appear on their new album. The result serves as a kind of parallel history to her own four albums, which have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
These collaborations reveal Jones’s astonishing musical versatility, from jazz to country, hip-hop to rock. Three of the songs on …Featuring originally appeared on records that won Grammy awards for Album of the Year (Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company, Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, and OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below), and several others were also nominated for Grammys.
The album also includes recordings by some of Jones’s own bands and side projects (The Little Willies and El Madmo), and performances with artists that she’s toured with including M. Ward, Sasha Dobson, and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Songs on …Featuring range from classics recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, and Roy Orbison to new material by such wide-ranging innovators as Ryan Adams and Q-Tip.
“A lot of the people on this record are people I've worshiped since I was a kid, and some of them are younger and more my contemporaries,” says Jones. “Even though the musicians are so varied, the vibe of the songs makes sense when we put them all together.”
|1.||Love Me - The Little Willies|
|2.||Virginia Moon - The Foo Fighters featuring Norah Jones|
|3.||Turn Them - Sean Bones featuring Norah Jones|
|4.||Baby It's Cold Outside - Willie Nelson featuring Norah Jones|
|5.||Bull Rider - Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson|
|6.||Ruler Of My Heart - Dirty Dozen Brass Band featuring Norah Jones|
|7.||The Best Part - El Madmo|
|8.||Take Off Your Cool - OutKast featuring Norah Jones|
|9.||Life Is Better - Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones|
|10.||Soon The New Day - Talib Kweli featuring Norah Jones|
|11.||Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John - Belle & Sebastian featuring Norah Jones|
|12.||Here We Go Again - Ray Charles featuring Norah Jones|
|13.||Loretta - Norah Jones featuring Gillian Welch and David Rawlings|
|14.||Dear John - Ryan Adams featuring Norah Jones|
|15.||Creepin' In - Norah Jones featuring Dolly Parton|
|16.||Court & Spark - Herbie Hancock featuring Norah Jones|
|17.||More Than This - Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones|
|18.||Blue Bayou - Norah Jones featuring M. Ward|
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