Album Review: Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis featuring Norah Jones, Here We Go Again

By Scott Kara

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Album cover of Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson album 'Here We Go Again'. Photo / Supplied
Album cover of Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson album 'Here We Go Again'. Photo / Supplied

Stars: 3.5/5

This is the second collaborative album by country maverick Willie Nelson and jazz man Wynton Marsalis following 2008's Two Men With the Blues. Recorded live with sweet songbird Norah Jones it pays homage to the late great Ray Charles, with some slow smoky strollers like Come Rain Or Come Shine and duet Cryin' Time, offset by a sprawling, almost eight minute-long, version of Hit the Road Jack, and most weird and wonderful of all, Nelson's ragged singing over a fruity jazz-meets-bolero version of Unchain My Heart. While they may seem like a funny couple, with the deft precision and style of Marsalis seemingly at odds with Nelson's more unkempt delivery, it actually works.

-TimeOut

- NZ Herald

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