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You're Driving Me Crazy
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on April 29, 2018
This record is great. I like it much better than Morrison's latest 2 albums, Roll with the Punches and Versatile. The other two are pretty good, but this is so much better. For whatever reasons, his voice stronger and more confident on this album. The other two albums seem like Van held back a bit. On this album, his voice is loose and he is clearly enjoying the recording session. I wouldn't say you shouldn't get either of the two previous albums, but if you had to buy just one of the three, get this one. This is easily the best album Morrison has released since the early 90s. If you liked the album Morrison did with Georgie Fame, you will like this one ever better. The instruments are much better and band and Morrison have done some great work with interpretations of some classic.
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on April 27, 2018
I watched an interview recently about this album. They record the entire album with Van, Joey and a jazz band in a simple 2-hour session. I believe Joey remarked how a good portion of the songs on the record was done in just one take and that's scary. It's genuinely a brilliant record. Van keeps killing it vocally and Joey really does wonders with the music. If you are a fan of Van, You are honestly gonna want this record. I was hooked by the time I got to "All Saints Day". That track is freaking insane.
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on May 8, 2018
Van Morrison returns with Joey Defrancesco, exceptional organist and good trumpeter. As in his previous album, he returns with the jazz classics and new songs, but I would say that better, soft with a lot of feeling and an enviable voice. It is clear that the lion of Belfast is going through a wonderful moment, without stridency and totally intimate. Good jazz music, good musicians and a relentless sense of feeling, a joy, a more and go ... Years of experience at the service of music. Splendid, without a trace of self-incompatibility, it is MUSICA in a pure state, more specifically of jazz and r & b. Joe Defrancesco magician with the organ, a master. Two masters together for the satisfaction of the listener
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on May 16, 2018
Van the Man's third collection of covers (jazz and R&B classics, mixed with re-makes of some of his own) in a mind-spinning span of about 12 or 13 months is hands-down, far and away, the best of the bunch. He sounds engaged if not totally committed, and more importantly, he actually appears to be enjoying himself. Perhaps working with the great Joey DeFrancesco just brought out the fun in him, who knows. Classic tunes, first-rate musicianship, on-the-fly arrangements with space for the vocals to find their groove, You're Driving Me Crazy represents a marked improvement over Van's last release (the lifeless Versatile). All that being said, an album of all-new Van Morrison material is long overdue and would be most welcome next go 'round, yes? Three and one-half stars from me.
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on May 9, 2018
As jazz singers go, Van Morrison is not up there with the likes of Jackie Paris or Johnny Hartman but that doesn't matter for this CD -- Joey Defrancesco and his band burn through these tunes like a fireball. There are a number of tasty solos scattered throughout and the arrangements and writing for horns is ingenious. This album would be excellent even if Neil Young were the singer. That's not to take anything away from Van Morrison -- his style suits the versions of the tunes selected and fits well with what the band turns in.
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on May 10, 2018
Just when you thought Van Morrison had about done it all, this album comes out and it is just about the best thing he has done in years. This is a great jazz album reworking the standards of jazz. I knew it was great on the first listen, which rarely happens!
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on May 23, 2018
This is GREAT! If you like sax , Organ, great music ,AND VAN MORRISON , this is for YOU !!!! I haven't listened to newer music in a while so this has made my month. Can't get it out of my cd player. Just wonderful and Mr Defracesco is just great (his trumpet playing is really good). All round , this recording is a 10+
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on May 24, 2018
I am and always have been a die hard fan of Van Morrison but this CD stinks. Sorry but definitely not worth buying.
I have probably every CD he has ever put out but wish I hadn't spent the money on this one.
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on May 17, 2018
Van meets a great B-3 (and trumpet) player, uniting the worlds of pop, jazz and blues including some great updates on older material plus a few new ones!
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on May 23, 2018
Another great album of Hammond organ playing by Joey DeFrancesco, this time accompanied by Van Morrison vocals.
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