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Concert Reviews:
Norah Jones showcases wide range at the Fox Theatre

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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DETROIT -- “You guys are, like, the perfect audience -- rowdy but polite,” Norah Jones said shortly before finishing her show on Tuesday night, May 23, at the Fox Theatre.

The same could be said of Jones’ 100-minute, 20-song performance.

Range was the hallmark of the night for Jones and her five-piece band. She started with the smooth pop feel of “Peace,” rolling into the spectral jazz of “I’ve Got To See You Again” and the soulful “Tragedy,” a gamut that she continued throughout the night. Jones also had the temerity to play Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” in tribute to the late Chris Cornell, a nod to the group’s performance at the Fox last week just before Cornell committed suicide at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel.

“”Everybody needs a little love, right?” Jones said after the cover before seemingly addressing Cornell as she added, “Thanks for giving us a lot of love. We love you.”

Jones, sporting a mid-length black dress, surrounded that solemn moment with a mostly upbeat set that deployed quieter fare such as “Don’t Know Why,” “It’s A Wonderful Time For Love” and “Humble Me” as counterpoints to the twangy “Out On The Road” and “Lonestar,” the honky tonk-flavored “Don’t Know What It Means” from her band Puss N Boots, the grooving “Flipside” and covers of Neil Young’s “Don’t Be Denied” and the Robert Hunter/Grateful Dead favorite “It Must Have Been The Roses.”

Best of all was “Nightingale,” a swelling, sweeping arrangement that gave all of the band members space to solo.

Jones finished her main set with the gospel-tinged “Carry On,” while for the encores she and the band huddled around one microphone at the front of the stage for renditions of “Sunrise” and “Come Away With Me.” And by the time the sextet took its bows, the Fox crowd would have willingly, and happily, followed the closing song’s title command.

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