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Van Morrison, Blue Funk ****

''I didn't make the call/'Cos I was in a blue funk/Kind o' went AWOL/I fell into a blue funk/Pulled myself out of the mire/Lift myself a little higher/Get out of this blue funk.'' From the new double album out today and which was recorded at a …

Published: 7 May 2021. Updated: 48 days.

''I didn't make the call/'Cos I was in a blue funk/Kind o' went AWOL/I fell into a blue funk/Pulled myself out of the mire/Lift myself a little higher/Get out of this blue funk.''

From the new double album out today and which was recorded at a number of locations over an unspecified period in the Musicbox Studios, Cardiff; Culloden Hotel, County Down; Real World Studios, Wiltshire; Subterania, London and the Bath Spa Hotel, Bath, the Lockdown blues are at the heart of Latest Record Project Vol. 1 warts and all. Everything connects in the overlap spanning soul specifically in a Ray Charles sense and jazz flavoured by Richard Dunn on Hammond organ. The big songs that immediately embedded deep within me quickly enough after several listens but pretty much immediately include top of the heap the savage moodswing sentiment of 'Blue Funk' which is spectacular (in case you were wondering not the same tune as the Bags and Brother Ray Soul Brothers (1958) instrumental of the same name). On the number Limerick man Dave Keary goes B. B. King-like at the beginning in a glorious burst and Van really is in the moment. Elsewhere 'Big Lie' has a very good duet with Chris Farlowe. 'A Few Bars Early' has an original angle to it. 'Thank God for the Blues' grooves. The sha-la-la-las on the title track sparkle and newcomer backing singer Kelly Smiley blends really well with Dana Masters. In the rhythm section Teena Lyle on percussion makes a big difference throughout the double album as she did in the band with Van opening PowerHaus in Camden Town back in December. On BMG.

Stephen Graham

Tomorrow night at 8pm UK and Ireland time from the Real World studio where the project was partly recorded Van Morrison and band stream via nugs.net

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Rosa Passos, Sábado Em Copacabana ****

If you love the art of bossa nova and more generally the delights of the specific art of soft singing wrapped in jazz Rosa Passos must surely be up there at the top of your list of singers in the pantheon especially if you have heard the marvellous

Published: 6 May 2021. Updated: 49 days.

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If you love the art of bossa nova and more generally the delights of the specific art of soft singing wrapped in jazz Rosa Passos must surely be up there at the top of your list of singers in the pantheon especially if you have heard the marvellous Amorosa or seen the singer-guitarist live, certainly outdoors in Valletta was a thrill hearing Passos in 2005 consummately at ease with her musicians on stage and communing with the audience so joyfully.

Storyville are issuing a beautifully captured live recording of the great Brazilian (check the sound of the applause as one marker as to the atmosphere) recorded in the best place of all, a jazz club. This was on 7 July 2001 in Copenhagen at the Jazzhus Montmartre, Passos there with pianist Fabio Torres, bassist Paulu Paulelli and drummer Celso de Almeida. 'Sábado Em Copacabana' ('Saturday in Copacabana') is streaming ahead of the 21 May release of Dunas – Live in Copenhagen. SG

Rosa Passos, top. Photo: Wikipedia. See Storyville, linked, for more.