Los Angeles: Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones loves to hold sessions with her friends, and says it has been a fun experience and she is feeling very inspired right now.
Jones has gotten together with various friends for brief, largely-improvised sessions to collaborate and experiment.
"I felt inspired to record and try different things," said Jones, who has come out with a new single, "Take it away", featuring Tarriona Tank Ball of Tank and The Bangas.
'The idea is to make it "quick and fun and easy and low-pressure", she said of her creative process, adding: "It's a great way to collaborate with other people."
"I try to go in with a few clips of voice memo ideas to have a jumping-off point. With each session, the little ideas were definitely with those particular musicians in mind, but the hope is to always create in the moment and with each session there were songs that came out of nothing. I was very open and had no real expectations as far as direction, but each session has exceeded my expectations. It's been so fun and I feel very inspired right now and love all the different directions this is going," she said, of her latest collaboration.
"Take it away" is produced by Norah alongwith Thomas Bartlett, and has Norah on vocals and piano, Tarriona on vocals, Bartlett on keyboards/synthesizers, and Karriem Riggins on drums.
"I saw Tank and the Bangas play in New Orleans in 2016 and was blown away. I got in touch with Tarriona shortly after and we became friends. This was really a fun opportunity to be creative together in the studio. She's got one of my favourite minds," said Norah.
The singles Jones began releasing last summer ranged from riveting electronic experiments to acoustic folk ballads to organ-and-horn drenched soul songs.
Seven of the songs were recently released as "Begin Again", a collection of eclectic singles recorded with collaborators including Bartlett and Jeff Tweedy.