Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones' enormously successful debut, "Come Away With Me." Now he takes a substantial step in emerging from her shadow with "While the Music Lasts." A vet

Jesse Harris wrote five songs featured on Norah Jones' enormously successful debut, "Come Away With Me." Now he takes a substantial step in emerging from her shadow with "While the Music Lasts." A veteran of New York's Lower East Side club scene, Harris' superlative songwriting skills are marked not only by his laid-back melodies and intuitive arrangements but also by a keen sense of economy. The 14 songs average slightly more than three minutes, a refreshing change from the bloated 60- to 70-minute CD typically heard today. Recorded on the Lower East Side by legendary producer/engineer Terry Manning, "While the Music Lasts" mixes Van Morrison-esque folk, light bossa nova, jazz and midtempo rock. Co-producer Tony Scherr's tasteful electric guitar lends a slightly harder edge to Harris' mellow disposition. Ms. Jones contributes some backing vocals, and Van Dyke Parks provides string arrangements to four songs. But the tunes themselves are the stars of this show. —CW