norahjones

The lovely Miss Jones of honeyed voice and crazy El Madmo tendencies will return in November with an as-yet-untitled new album on Blue Note Records, it was announced on Thursday. The Grammy Award-winning chanteuse is said to be taking a new direction with her fourth album (produced by Jacquire King), and has sought out some high-profile writing partners in Ryan Adams, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and frequent collaborator Jesse Harris. But perhaps the biggest change is that the piano-loving lass will be picking up the guitar more often on the newie over tickling the ivories, stating, “It just felt more natural for me to play it on these songs.”

“I knew I wanted to try some different things on this album,” Jones says. “I’d been playing with the same musicians for a long time. 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. As far as a producer, I wanted someone who could take me out of my comfort zone and find the right musicians to capture what I wanted to do with this collection of songs. I got in touch with Jacquire initially because he engineered one of my favorite records of all time, Tom Waits’ Mule Variations. He was really eager to do it and we got along really well, which was important.”

Jones has sold a remarkable 36 million albums worldwide since her debut record Come Away With Me was released in 2002. And while that’s all well and good, let’s talk about that El Madmo stuff a little bit more…

–Carrie Alison