I'm not enough of a jazz purist to weigh in on whether Jones is a proud addition to a long tradition of jazz vocalists or a pretender, but I know what I like. And, while I'm no rabid fan, I think she's a fine, fine singer, with a nuanced tone and an easy, melancholy-flecked delivery that works wonders with the kinds of songs she sings. Truth be told, I'd love to hear her do an album of covers--not the same old tired standards that everyone and his aunt does, but the kind of light rock/pop stuff that would welcome a jazzy/country delivery. Think Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue," U2's "Stay (Faraway, So Close)"--that kind of music.
Oh, and yes--she's a truly beautiful woman.