The Secret Sun (2003) Known as the guy who wrote "Don't Know Why," the Grammy-winning tune from Norah Jones' debut, Brooklyn-based Harris (& Co.) in fact turned out three… 2003-05-20 Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos
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The Secret Sun (2003)

Details Release Date: May 20, 2003; Lead Performance: Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos

Known as the guy who wrote ''Don't Know Why,'' the Grammy-winning tune from Norah Jones' debut, Brooklyn-based Harris (& Co.) in fact turned out three little-heard indie albums before landing a deal with Blue Thumb. As you'd expect, Sun is studded with literate, well-structured songs, but without Jones' languid and affecting voice, few hit home. The playing is impeccable and the production efficiently sparse, but Harris' reedy tenor does him no favors.

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #711 May 23, 2003 Order article reprints