Van Morrison (1970)
An excellent and popular early example of fusing jazz and rock (and in this case, R&B and folk influences abound as well). It may take a while to get used to Van Morrison’s melismatic crooning, the delicate arrangements and the spiritual/sensual thrust of the lyrics if you’re accustomed to rock music, but it’s definitely worth the transition. Moondance is an immaculately recorded, very expertly played and written musical journey that’s welcoming and sweet at every turn.
Key track: “Into the Mystic”
See also: Can’t Buy A Thrill – Steely Dan (1972), Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan (1974)