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VAN MORRISON: LIVE AT THE SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ CENTER
Genre: Music Concert
Van Morrison was having a good night. Nothing transcendent, mind you. But for fans of the famously unpredictable Irish singer-songwriter, the first set of his two-night stand at the intimate SF Jazz Center in San Francisco felt like a minor triumph. Morrison, in his signature fedora and sunglasses, simply strolled onto the stage and joined his five-piece band in “Keep Me Singing,” the title track of his 36th studio album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kept his poker face as he delivered a jazz-fueled set that hardly stayed rooted in a single genre, touching on everything from bebop to knotty blues, Celtic-accented folk-pop to roaring rock ’n’ roll. And he did it all in under 90 minutes. Between songs, he wordlessly sipped from a set of pint glasses arranged on the drum riser. When singing, he stood motionless, except for when he would violently swing his arm to cue the band or when he picked up his alto saxophone to bleat out a few quick solos. His voice was by turns booming and delicate, yet always crisp. When the band reached the encore rendition of “Gloria,” the song by Morrison’s former psychedelic rock band, Them, the audience members jumped to their feet and started shaking their hips. They were having such a good time the singer left just how he entered — midway through the song, an unassuming presence at his own show.
You’re Driving Me Crazy – Travelin’ Light – Close Enough For Jazz – Going To Chicago – Things I Used To Do – The Way Young Lovers Do – Magic Time – Moondance – Hold It Right There – Have I Told You Lately – Fair Play – Ballerina – Broken Record – Everyday I Have The Blues – Miss Otis Regrets – All Saints Day