Van Morrison’s latest finds him in relaxed, swinging groove
Van Morrison, "The Prophet Speaks" (Caroline International)
The first thing longtime listeners to Van Morrison will notice is the lack of angst — his 40th studio album is missing the usual complaints about the greed and cynicism of the music business. The next and most remarkable aspect is the relaxed, easy groove that permeates through "The Prophet Speaks," which finds Morrison relishing his relatively recent incarnation as a jazz singer backed by an expressive, moody band.
Van Morrison has come up with a simple, and surprisingly effective, way to combat possible writer's block — recycle old songs and standards with a brand new approach.
He's tried it before with "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" in 2015 and is at it again in "You're Driving Me Crazy."
This time he's teamed with Joey DeFrancesco in a supremely relaxed, jazzy workout notable for its easy, almost effortless swing.
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