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VAN MORRISON-CD REVIEW-BORN TO SING NO PLAN B- JOHN EMMS-“THE BENCHMARK OF SOUL, AND VAN’S BAND SHINES ON”

 

“When it gets to the part, when the band starts to swing, then you know everything,  Cause you were Born To Sing”

Heck, Ray Charles would be smiling if he heard Van Morrison’s new album Born to Sing No Plan B.

The reason is simple.

It’s a great band playing behind Morrison’s sophisticated but simple songwriting R & B/Jazz/Soul structures.

It’s a natural groove  that will charm listeners.

The title track is a prime example of how radio music used to be.

No boundaries. A simple song, great melody and emotion

Sounds easy, but that’s the trick.

Morrison has always had great bands.

This studio band of Bassist Paul Moore, drummer Jeff Lardner, guitarist Dave Keary, Paul Moran (who really shines on piano,/organ) Alistar White on trombone, Chris White tenor saxophone (check out Retreat and View, If In Money We Trust, and many others) and Morrison himself are eager to show their chops

The band is contemporary yet play with feel and emotion. 

Elsewhere, Morrison gives up striking vocal work on Goin Down to Monte Carlo, Mystic of the East (think Bring it On Home) and the John Lee Hooker influenced Pagan Heart.

Each of these songs shows that Van still loves to phrase his vocals so that they sit at the heart of what the band is playing.

Very nice work, and yes I will be playing a lot of this on future radio episodes 

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, songwriter/musican and radio host http://emms.podbean.com/

 

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