These days find Norah Jones in a relaxed, pre-album-cycle mode, performing around town with Puss N Boots, her casual trio with bassist Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson. Their holiday show at the Bell House featured a slew of Xmas carols and an “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” where Santa was played by Mankind Mick Foley, because of course it was. It was an absurd and delightful moment, and the sort of cross-cultural collab that becomes possible when you hit that stratospheric yet niche brand of mega-fame Norah’s enjoyed over the course of her many projects this past decade. Another one of those cross-pollinations came last year when she contributed vocals to Danger Mouse and Daniel Luppi’s spaghetti-western-inspired ROME project. And it would appear Norah and Brian Burton got along famously: Today Norah announces her fifth album for Blue Note, produced and co-written by one Danger Mouse. The pair share the lion’s share of instrumental duties, too, the press release listing them as follows: “Jones on piano, keyboards, bass, and guitar, and Danger Mouse contributing drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and string arrangements.” Apparently it will sound like they “married their highly personal styles to create an entirely new sound,” though knowing these two, the smart money’s on it referencing some bygone, halcyon period in music history (and then selling a million records because people don’t buy records anymore unless they are Norah Jones records, apparently).
The album’s due this spring, followed by a Norah US amphitheater tour — the one confirmed date on that is 8/10 at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets go onsale 1/23 at hollywoodbowl.com.