Van Morrison teams with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco for new album

Van Morrison will release his 39th studio album, You’re Driving Me Crazy on April 27th via Sony Legacy Recordings. The 15 song project is a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco.

The successor to Versatile, Morrison’s chart-topping jazz album from 2017, You’re Driving Me Crazy will be available in CD and 2 LP physical configurations. A limited edition 7″ single, featuring Van Morrison’s “Close Enough For Jazz” b/w Morrison’s stunning rendition of Guitar Slim’s “The Things I Used To Do,” will be available for Record Store Day 2018 on Saturday, April 21st via independent record stores worldwide.

A new milestone in Van Morrison’s ever-expanding catalog of essential recordings, You’re Driving Me Crazy finds the iconic Irish singer-songwriter-performer exploring a variety of jazz and blues standards and classics (“Miss Otis Regrets,” “The Things I Used to Do,” “Everyday I Have the Blues”) alongside fresh interpretations of songs from his own catalog (“Have I Told You Lately,” “The Way Young Lovers Do,” “Magic Time”).

You’re Driving Me Crazy finds Morrison collaborating in the studio with DeFrancesco and his band, including Dan Wilson (guitar), Michael Ode (drums) and Troy Roberts (tenor saxophone). DeFrancesco, who signed his first deal with Columbia Records at the age of 16, has performed with Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Grover Washington, Jr. and many more while leading his own band, and is responsible for bringing the classic Hammond organ sound back to the world of jazz in the late 1980s.

CD | 2 LP

1. Miss Otis Regrets (Cole Porter)
2. Hold It Right There (Terry, Grey, Vinson)
3. All Saints Day (Van Morrison)
4. The Way Young Lovers Do (Van Morrison)
5. The Things I Used To Do (Eddie Jones)
6. Travellin’ Light (John Mercer, James Mundy, James Young)
7. Close Enough For Jazz (Van Morrison)
8. Goldfish Bowl (Van Morrison)
9. Evening Shadows (Van Morrison / Acker Bilk)
10. Magic Time (Van Morrison)
11. You’re Driving Me Crazy (Walter Donaldson)
12. Everyday I Have The Blues (Peter Chatman)
13. Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
14. Sticks and Stones (Titus Turner)
15. Celtic Swing (Van Morrison)

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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