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Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco

Van Morrison and Joey DeFrancesco

Van Morrison To Release His Third Album In Eight Months

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on March 8, 2018

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Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Van Morrison’s new 39th studio album, You’re Driving Me Crazy, a musical collaboration with Hammond organ virtuoso and trumpet master Joey DeFrancesco, on Friday, April 27.

The successor to Versatile, Van’s chart-topping jazz album from 2017, You’re Driving Me Crazy will be available in 1CD/2LP 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 (celebrated at independent record stores nationwide on Saturday, April 21).

A new milestone in Van Morrison’s ever-expanding catalog of 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 Van’s own catalog (“Have I Told You Lately,” “The Way Young Lovers Do,” “Magic Time”).

You’re Driving Me Crazy has 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.

The release of You’re Driving Me Crazy caps more than a year of non-stop activity for Van Morrison, who released his 37th and 38th studio albums (Roll with the Punches and Versatile) in quick succession in the fall and winter of 2017. Roll With The Punches became his 13th album to reach the Top 10 of the U.K. charts, while Versatile topped Billboard’s jazz chart.

The world of jazz has provided a vital ongoing influence on the music of Van Morrison, whose acclaimed 1968 studio masterpiece, Astral Weeks, showcased jazz musicians Connie Kay, Jay Berliner, and Richard Davis. Inspired by the spontaneity, soul and sound of jazz, Morrison has performed on stage and/or in the studio with a variety of jazz and blues musicians including John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Mose Allison, Bobby Bland, Solomon Burke, Jeff Beck, Georgie Fame, Robbie Robertson, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer and others.

Joey DeFrancesco is a prolific American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist and Grammy-nominee who signed his first record deal (with Columbia Records) at the age of 16 and has gone on to release more than 30 albums. He has performed on stage and in the studio with a wide variety of artists including Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Coryell, Frank Wess, John McLaughlin, Danny Gatton, Elvin Jones, and many more. DeFrancesco is a nine-time winner of the Down Beat Critics Poll (organ) and has won the Down Beat Readers Poll every year since 2005. He has won a number of Jazz Times Awards and is an inaugural member of the Hammond Hall of Fame.

Track List:
Miss Otis Regrets (Cole Porter)
Hold It Right There (Terry, Grey, Vinson)
All Saints Day (Van Morrison)
The Way Young Lovers Do (Van Morrison)
The Things I Used To Do (Eddie Jones)
Travellin’ Light (John Mercer, James Mundy, James Young)
Close Enough For Jazz (Van Morrison)
Goldfish Bowl (Van Morrison)
Evening Shadows (Van Morrison / Acker Bilk)
Magic Time (Van Morrison)
You’re Driving Me Crazy (Walter Donaldson)
Everyday I Have The Blues (Peter Chatman)
Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
Sticks and Stones (Titus Turner)
Celtic Swing (Van Morrison)

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