Norah Jones and the Handsome Band

Live in 2004 (DVD) � Blue Note

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Norah Jones and the Handsome Band

The mid-tempo balladeer kicked off her latest tour with this concert in Nashville, a retrospective of both her albums that’s setlist easily (too easily?) bridges the distance between Ellington and Townes Van Zandt. Cute and unassuming as ever, Jones weathers the fringed-dress tornado of Dolly Parton’s cameo, and then charms the rustically sedate Gillian Welch. The 5.1 mix sounds like a train station, but the smooth cameras catch every one of Jones’ awkward smiles.