Van Morrison's new album Versatile sees him delve further back into recorded music's archives to interpret some of the 20th century's greatest vocal jazz standards.
Across Versatile's sixteen tracks, Van Morrison interprets some of the very building blocks of modern music in his own utterly unique style. As well as songs originally made famous by the likes of Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, the Righteous Brothers, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole, Versatile features four stunning new Van compositions including Broken Record, a timeless piece of late-night swing, plus new Versatile arrangements of catalogue gems I Forgot That Love Existed, Start All Over Again and Only A Dream. Van says of Versatile: ""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!""
A joy from start to finish, Versatile is a completely different record to Roll With the Punches yet it's incontrovertibly Van and proof, if ever it were needed, that at 72 years of age, he's not going to slow down any time soon.