45. NEW YORK CITY by The Peter Malick Group (feat. Norah Jones)
The year is 2000 and Norah Jones, daughter of Indian classical music maestro Ravi Shankar, wouldn’t release her smash debut album for another year and a half. So, what was she doing? Well, she was recording this album with bluesman Peter Malick and his band, though the record wasn’t actually released until 2003, after Jones was catapulted to superstardom by her own album, Come Away with Me, and its 8 Grammy Awards. It goes without saying that New York City presents Jones in a less refined, less polished light. However, she definitely has the blues and country in her, as evidenced by ‘All Your Love’ and ‘Things You Don’t Have to Do,’ respectively.