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Kin is a songwriting collaboration between Rodney Crowell and author/academic Mary Karr, responsible for 10 of the best new country songs I've heard in ages, brought to life by singers such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Kris Kristofferson.

The Great Escape, Various Venues, Brighton

The Great Escape, Brighton’s answer to Texas’s South-by-Southwest festival, has grown at an alarming rate in its six-year existence.

UK museums warned over dealings with Saudi regime

Former V&A chief says contracts should be reviewed in the wake of Middle East instability

Bob Dylan and Jack White's Hank Williams tribute

Bob Dylan, Jack White and Norah Jones have recorded previously unreleased Hank Williams songs.

Album: Charlie Haden Quartet West, Sophisticated Ladies (Emarcy)

You can't knock the sheer class of this major-label grand production matching bassist Haden's film noir-inspired quartet – one of the best groups of the past 20 years – with guest singers Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renée Fleming and Ruth Cameron (Haden's wife, who co-produces).

Album: Norah Jones...Featuring (Blue Note)

A more-than-defensible collection of Jones's collaborations over the past decade: 18 songs in the company of luminaries as diverse as Ray Charles and Belle & Sebastian, Willie Nelson and OutKast, Dolly Parton and Herbie Hancock.

Album: Norah Jones, Featuring Norah Jones (Blue Note)

...Featuring Norah Jones, a compilation of her duets and collaborations with other artists, is remarkable not just for the breadth of those temporary associations – which range from Herbie Hancock to Foo Fighters, OutKast to Dolly Parton – but for the way her voice holds its own in such company.

Album: Belle & Sebastian, Write About Love (Rough Trade)

B&S's eighth studio album comes after a four-and-a-half year wait, but the hiatus hasn't altered them one jot.

Album: Esperanza Spalding, Chamber Music Society (Heads Up)

She's still emulating Norah Jones more than Charles Mingus but with this third album the double bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding announces her arrival as a major star.

Norah Jones - 'I write really well on the road'

Norah Jones is looking forward to touring again, having swapped the mellow jazz of Come Away With Me for a striking break-upalbum, a new haircut and a dog. By Elisa Bray

The Barometer: Norah Jones; Let's Wrestle; Yo Gotti; Final Fantasy; Kraftwerk; Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Norah Jones That's What I Said (remix by Adrock & Mike D)

Album: Norah Jones, The Fall (Blue Note)

Parts of Norah Jones's 2007 album Not Too Late sounded rather like a scrubbed-up, housetrained Tom Waits, so it's no surprise that for this follow-up, she enlisted the services of producer Jacquire King in an attempt to obtain the "balance between beautiful and rough" that he secured for Waits's Mule Variations.

Album: Norah Jones, The Fall, (Blue Note)

Another departure in the career of this unjustly resented pop girl.

Ravi Shankar's daughter 'victim of blackmail plot'

Attempt to extort $100,000 from musician over private photos stolen from her laptop

Hip-hop offers a new message

The aggressive image hides an intelligent aspect, says Ian Burrell

Album: Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill (Universal)

Call it twazz, the admixture of twee female vocals with lite-jazz stylings, as heard by Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux. Like Miss P, Gardot is a class act produced by Larry Klein.

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