Van Morrison Celebrates the Jazz Songbook with New Album ‘Versatile’ (Stream)

Van Morrison Celebrates the Jazz Songbook with New Album ‘Versatile’ (Stream)

Van Morrison’s 37th studio album, Roll with the Punches, was released in late September, but the iconic singer/songwriter didn’t wait around before releasing another one.

Titled Versatile, Morrison’s latest is a collection of a handful of original songs and spirited cover versions of jazz standards. It’s a project he holds very close to his heart, as he mentioned in a statement:

“Recording songs like these – especially the standards – gave me the chance to stretch out vocally and get back to the music that originally inspired me to sing – jazz!”

At 72, Morrison could very easily be quieting down after decades of hard work … but he isn’t, and is instead as prolific as ever. Versatile is not only a new album title — it’s a spot-on word to use when describing his impeccable career.

The track listing:

1. ‘Broken Record’ (Van Morrison)
2. ‘A Foggy Day’ (George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin)
3. ‘Let’s Get Lost’ (Frank Loesser and Jimmy McHugh)
4. ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ (Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon)
5. ‘Skye Boat Song’ (Traditional. Arranged by Van Morrison)
6. ‘Take It Easy Baby’ (Van Morrison)
7. ‘Makin’ Whoopee’ (Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn)
8. ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ (Cole Porter)
9. ‘I Forgot That Love Existed’ (Van Morrison)
10. ‘Unchained Melody’ (Alex North and Hy Zaret)
11. ‘Start All Over Again’ (Van Morrison)
12. ‘Only A Dream’ (Van Morrison)
13. ‘Affirmation’ featuring Sir James Galway (Van Morrison)
14. ‘The Party’s Over’ (Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne)
15. ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ (George Cory and Douglass Cross)
16. ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’ (George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin)

Stream the album below, via Spotify or Apple Music, and visit his official online shop for more options:

 

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