Van Morrison was interviewed in today’s New York Times about his love of Jazz. Let me quote the following exchange: “NYT: Are you interested in contemporary jazz?
Van Morrison: No, not really. I still go back to the original stuff. When I listen to it, I get more from it — the stuff I didn’t hear the first time around.
Do you have an example?
Well, Louis Armstrong, for instance. And lots of vocalists, like Ray Charles, Bobby Bland, Sam Cooke.
In terms of Armstrong, what do you return to?
I just go back to the All Stars, from the ’50s, with Jack Teagarden.
Interesting, most people would say the Hot Fives or the Hot Sevens. Why are the All Stars your favorite?
I don’t know. Why do you like a certain painting? I don’t know.” Let the record show that when Van Morrison visited the Louis Armstrong House Museum a few years ago, he bought a copy of my book! So I’m taking full responsibility for this love of the All Stars..... (I’m kidding, I know Van’s backstory and his long-time love of jazz and recording of “Back O’Town Blues” with Jools Holland. But hey, will we ever see a day when people are allowed to like the All Stars more than the Hot Fives without being questioned about it? Hey, as long as they love Louis, they’re okay in my book but there’s more to the man than the sounds of 1926 (as great as they are)....) (Tell him I said hello, @jools.holland.official !) #vanmorrison #louisarmstrong