Tonight's Concert Pick
Norah Jones is ready to let her devil come out
A lot has changed for Norah Jones since the early 1990s when she would show up with her piano for some fairly simple gigs at places like Numbers and Sambuca Jazz Cafe. Much like soulful contemporary Alicia Keys, it sounds as if Ms. Jones is ready to stop hiding behind the keyboard and be a little more devilish at front of the stage.
One need only to look at the cover of her latest album "The Fall" (released last November) to understand that this is not the same shy Jones who purred her way to the top of the charts and multiple Grammy awards with past hits like "Don’t Know Why" and "Thinking About You." Where she once almost seemed to hide her American-Indian roots and ties to her famous father Ravi Shankar, she now seems to have mastered how to make her exotic beauty work for her.
"The Fall" will not be the Award-garnering, critic-drool-causing, unanimous hit that early albums "Come Away With Me" and "Feels Like Home" were. Based on singles, "Chasing Pirates", and "Young Blood", it might be the place where Jones stopped doing what she was told and started to enjoy her talent and success on her terms.
It appears Jones may have some edge in those effortless, fluttering notes that she's held back until now.
Norah Jones, 8 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Theater