NEW YORK (Billboard) - Singer-songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album.
The Blue Note Records release is due in November, the label announced Thursday.
Producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse) is working with Jones on the as-yet-untitled project, which will feature songwriting contributions from Ryan Adams, Will Sheff of Okkervil River and Jones’ longtime collaborator Jesse Harris, who penned the singer’s breakthrough hit, “Don’t Know Why.”
“I got in touch with Jacquire initially because he engineered one of my favorite records of all time, Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations,'” Jones said in a statement.
Jones is said to be branching out from her jazz-influenced pop roots on the new material and playing guitar more than piano. The changes suggest that her new material may resemble her work as a member of the alt-country outfit The Little Willies, whose self-titled 2006 album featured covers of songs by Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Fred Rose.
In addition to working with a new producer and songwriters, Jones has made some changes in her band. Among the musicians playing on her new recordings are drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green) and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer).
“I’d been playing with the same musicians for a long time,” Jones said. “We’re all still friendly and I hope we play together again, but it felt like a good time to work with new people and experiment with different sounds.”
Jones’ new album will be her first since 2007’s “Not Too Late,” which sold 1.58 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)
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