Norah Jones has released “Flipside,” a kinetic new single from her stunning sixth solo album Day Breaks, which arrives October 7 on Blue Note Records via Universal Music Canada. The album is a kindred spirit to the singer’s breakout debut Come Away With Me and finds the nine-time GRAMMY-winner returning to the piano (and her roots) on a 12-song set featuring jazz luminaries including her Blue Note label mates saxophonist Wayne Shorter, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Brian Blade.
The most rhythmically charged song on the album, “Flipside” also carries a powerful socio-political charge. Norah sets a driving bass line with her left hand before Blade’s drums and Chris Thomas’ bass kick in. Smith’s organ swirls overhead while Norah’s vocal builds to a shout at the chorus. “I was really affected by the news and everything that’s been going on in the world and in this country over the last couple years. It’s been really volatile and crazy,” Norah says. “I was listening to the Les McCann song ‘Compared to What’ a lot and was very much influenced by how grooving and amazing it is but also how it’s very political and it’s just from the gut.”
Fans who pre-order the download of Day Breaks on the Norah Jones Store, or iTunes will receive the singles “Flipside” and “Carry On” instantly. Day Breaks is available for pre-order in all formats at the Norah Jones Store and a special 180-gram orange vinyl version of the album will also be available, as well as a deluxe CD version featuring 4 live bonus tracks.
“Norah Jones has a way of being there when you need her… a warm, honeyed voice, right up against your ear, AutoTune-free and honest,” wrote the Boston Globe in a rave review of Norah’s first-ever Newport Jazz Festival performance this summer. Norah will also play her first-ever return performance in her college town on September 23 when she headlines the Oaktopia festival in Denton, Texas, home to the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music where Norah was a jazz piano major before moving to NYC. She has a Canadian date in Vancouver, playing The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 18.