Jones's piano is effective, her voice memorable, and originals such as "I've Got to See You Again" and the haunting "Lonestar" suggest a maturity beyond her 23 years. Jones is to jazz what Alicia Keys is to soul: close enough to the real thing to attract true believers and young fans alike. Besides the originals, Jones's album includes covers of tunes by Hank Williams and Hoagy Carmichael, furthering a strategy similar to that of fellow Blue Note artist, jazz-blues earth-mother Cassandra Wilson. Unlike Wilson, however, Jones is a commercial success. Think being white and exotic and young figures in that?
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