Norah Jones has announced her first album in four years, Day Breaks. The follow-up to 2012’s Little Broken Hearts is due out October 7th via Blue Note, and is being billed as a return to the singer-songwriter’s piano-based jazz roots.
“This new album feels full circle because I’m going back to my early influences,” Jones said in a press release. “After the first record, I drifted away from the piano a little bit. I still played it, but was more inspired to write on guitar. I really loved playing piano on this record.”
Sparking her decision to go back to early sounds was the 2014 Blue Note at 75 record in Washington, DC. There, she performed a cover of Jesse Harris’ “I’ve Got to See You Again” with Wayne Shorter on saxophone, drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci, and Jason Moran on piano. Shorter and Blade joined Jones for this latest effort, as did organist Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Of the 12 songs on the record, nine are originals, with the three others being covers: Neil Young’s “Don’t Be Denied”, Duke Ellington’s “Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)”, and Horace Silver’s “Peace”. Along with the announcement, Jones has shared the video for soft and dusky lead single “Carry On”. Check that out above.
Digital pre-orders come with an instagrat download of “Carry On”.
Day Breaks Album Artwork:
Day Breaks Tracklist:
04. It’s A Wonderful Time For Love
05. And Then There Was You
06. Don’t Be Denied
7. Day Breaks
09. Once I Had A Laugh
10. Sleeping Wild
11. Carry On
12. Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)
Jones has also unveiled fall tour dates for North America and Europe. Those who pre-order Day Breaks via the Norah Jones Store before Sunday, August 7th at 11:59pm ET will get first crack at “the best seats in the house.” General onsale launches on August 12th. Find her full itinerary below.
Norah Jones 2016 Tour Dates:
08/10 – Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
09/23 – Denton, TX @ Oaktopia
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Benaroya Hall *
10/20 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium *
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *
10/27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
10/28 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
11/08 – Milan, IT @ Teatro degli Arcimboldi
11/09 – Padova, IT @ Granteatro Geox
11/11 – Lyon, FR @ Ampitheatre Cite des Congres
11/12 – Lille, FR @ Theatre Sebastapol
11/14 – London, UK @ Palladium
11/15 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
11/16 – Bordeaux, FR @ Teatre Femina
11/21 – Paris, FR @ Olympia (Blue Note Festival)
11/28 – Kingston, NT @ Ulster PAC
11/29 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
12/03 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
12/08 – Providence, RI @ The VETS
12/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
12/10 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre