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Old 02-23-2003, 11:33 PM
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nora jones wins big at grammys

nora jones wins best album and new artist, and one other at grammys!

i "Dont Know Why" her music sounds so good in my MB.

my CD changer is usually reserved for OLD jazz and classical, but i would make room for her in my MB any time!

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Old 02-24-2003, 12:22 AM
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I thought Eminem's CD was better than Norah's.
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Old 02-24-2003, 01:57 AM
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benton, what does your old jazz lineup include?

Mine:
Miles, Trane, Bird, Prez, billie, coleman hawkins, benny goodman, ellington, monk, basie, louis, joe henderson, herbie nichols, paul chambers, hank mobley, hancock, jarrett, evans, E. garner, mingus, Ornette, Cecil taylor, Buell Niedlinger, Sun Ra, Dolphy, Sonny rollins, more . . .

Shostakovich, Beethoven (piano sonatas by Serkin best)

New (norah, John Mayer, avril, radiohead

Classic, pink floyd led zepplin
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Old 02-24-2003, 11:28 AM
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Norah is VERY talented...I don't watch awards shows most of the time, so her winning is news to me, but I think she's VERY deserving.

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Old 02-25-2003, 12:10 AM
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I love Norah Jones. She is a gift from God.

I have been listening to her CD for what seems like a year now, and it never gets old.

I'm very glad she won.

I also love the Dixie Chicks, too.
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Old 02-25-2003, 01:47 AM
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I bought her CD last summer and it still hasn't lost its spot in my six CD changer! I listen to a few or all songs pretty much every day and just can't get sick of it. That's never happened before!

Love her music. What a mature voice and delivery for someone so young! Can't wait for the next CD!!
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Old 02-25-2003, 02:13 PM
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I saw her live in Seattle, opening for John Mayer, last April.

Her music is pretty good, but her sudden rise to popularity and Grammy nominantions puzzles me. Is it the novelty of a young, good-looking female jazz artist?



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Old 02-25-2003, 03:19 PM
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hear to stay?

nora may not last as long, but i think that the song "dont know why" will become a jazz standard that will be played by many artist for many years to come. i liked arvil's "skaterboy" but i doubt you will hear it 5 or 10 or 30 years from now.

as for good looking jazz artist, take diana krall. much the same was said about her several years ago. she has become a star that receives critical aclaim as well as a huge fan base. with her looks, she could have taken a much easier path by playing that card. she has chosen to interpret many of the standards and has not seemed to persue a potentially more lucrative "popular" route that used her looks to sell the product and create a celebrity.

i thought nora's appearance at the awards was very admirable. no "waz up's" or the shoutouts that are all to common, "you know what im saying?" she seemed very sincere in understanding just what the acomplishment meant, and presented herself in a manner that many young folks should take note of.

as much as ive enjoyed the "pretty girls" thread, i would not enjoyed nora's performance nearly as much if she had dressed like many of the other girls showing their belly rings and such. i feel her understated appearance reveiled so much more.

now back to the "pretty girls" thread !!! :p

ps- i never really heard the the dixie hicks until i saw them on "sessions at west 54th". hearing them tell about how they fought the label to even use a banjo was very enlighting about the state of the biz today. i really liked the song "sin wagon". it reminds me of much of the music from the "o' brother" movie: real ole timey tunes, and really, and whats wrong with a little mattress dancing!
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Old 02-25-2003, 06:16 PM
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Thumbs up diana attached

diana krall attached below.

in her song "peel me a grape" she tells us just how to treat her,

including her request to: " polar bear rug me " wow !!!
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I think John Mayer was underrepresented with Grammy wins. Not to take away from Norah at all but he writes way more of his music. Norah only wrote 2 1/2 songs on that record.
But I don't think she is a flash in the pan by any means. Her father is Ravi Shankaar, so she has talent in spades. Her piano solo on "Don't know why" is brilliant. It is very simple, and compliments the tune perfectly. A lot of Jazz musicians don't know how to play such lyrical and sparse phrases.

As for Diana using her looks to sell out, I doubt she could have done that, but I don't think it hurts her career either. She's a pretty darn good pianist as it is and that take Years and Years of practice. She would become ill playing silly smooth jazz licks and other Kenny G like fluff. As for Kenny, he used to be a legit straight ahead jazz musician until he got tired of practicing 8 hours a day and playing gigs for 50 bucks. Ever wonder why Starbucks is so Jazz conscious?

I like Norah very much, but I wouldn't call her a 'jazz' musician. Unless there is something I haven't heard of hers, she is definitely a 'pop' musician more. Let me reiterate, "pop is not a dirty word". Pop music can be very broad. It can be anything it wants to be, you don't have to follow a tradition. She uses Jazz instrumentation and includes Brian Blade on her record, so I don't really care if you want to call it Jazz, i'm just saying. . .
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Old 02-25-2003, 07:33 PM
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Her father is Ravi Shankaar, so she has talent in spades. Her piano solo on "Don't know why" is brilliant. It is very simple, and compliments the tune perfectly. A lot of Jazz musicians don't know how to play such lyrical and sparse phrases.

As for Diana using her looks to sell out, I doubt she could have done that, but I don't think it hurts her career either.
i had heard that about ravi>nora, but had forgotten. wow! sometimes they show the origional woodstock clips on bravo, and his performance just HAS to be one of the most memorable of ALL time. the intensity is incredible!

as for sparse phrases (and off key/tune punches) , im a MONK man. also see miles. im only beginning to really enjoy the frenetic "wall of sound" that coltrane explored. other recent finds are cannonball adderly and horace silver.

one strong suggestion- if you are a monk fan, checkout carmen mcrae's "carmen sings monk". she addes lyrics to 15 of monks standards that is incredible. WARNING: you can never again hear a monk song without the lyrics floating in your head. its one of my absolute favorite CDs, and its well worth nearly any price.
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Old 02-25-2003, 08:20 PM
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as for sparse phrases (and off key/tune punches) , im a MONK man. also see miles. im only beginning to really enjoy the frenetic "wall of sound" that coltrane explored. other recent finds are cannonball adderly and horace silver.
Yeah man, monk rules. Have you heard Herbie Nichols yet?

Definitely Monk, and Miles are in a whole other catagory, they knew exactly what they were doing. What I meant about players not playing simply is that now a days, most of them try to follow in Tranes footsteps. There aren't any that try to sound like Prez though. (Lester Young)

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