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Pop Goes Blue Note: Legendary soul singers Join Jazz Label

Al Green and Willie Mitchell
Al Green
Van Morrison
Al Green and Willie Mitchell

If the phenomenal commercial success of Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me can be looked as a pop-crossover surprise, what should we make of Blue Note’s recent signings of Al Green and Van Morrison? Whereas Jones was a comparatively unknown pop ingénue with undeniable jazz sensibilities, Green and Morrison are well-established pop, soul and blues veterans. And unlike the recent discs by Aaron Neville and Boz Scaggs, which found these pop idols singing collections of jazz standards, Green’s I Can’t Stop and Morrison’s What’s Wrong With This Picture? showcase them in archetypal form, doing what they do best.

Yeah, what is wrong with this picture?

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