Bryan Ferry Presents: The Jazz Age

With the Gatsby glitz in full swing and dapper flappers at the ready, this is a face we all know and love. 
If ever there was a musical icon and a decade destined to come together, it is Bryan Ferry and the Roaring Twenties.
Bryan Ferry is celebrating 40years of releasing records by showcasing something of a career retrospective. Rather than just giving the Roxy Music hits a remastering once-over, he's assembled a crack team of jazzers to form The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, who have recorded The Jazz Age. This artist is a creative powerhouse, with a dazzling career of endless surprise, delight and innovation, and this decade, this enduring decade, is a time of modernity, decadence and bright young things. All driven by thrill


The album is out on November 26th via BMG Rights Management and boasts 13 tracks from Ferry's catalogue as an instrumental homage to the 1920s.
Watch the video for 'The Only Face' below:

It should come as no surprise that such an era appeals to Bryan Ferry, who says “I started my musical journey listening to a fair bit of jazz, mainly instrumental, and from diverse and contrasting periods. I loved the way the great soloists would pick up a tune and shake it up - go somewhere completely different - and then return gracefully back to the melody, as if nothing had happened. This seemed to me to reach a sublime peak with the music of Charlie Parker, and later Ornette Coleman. More recently, I have been drawn back to the roots, to the weird and wonderful music of the 1920s – the decade that became known as The Jazz Age".



1. Do The Strand                      2. Love Is The Drug                  
3. Don’t Stop The Dance         4. Just Like You                          
5. Avalon                                 6. The Bogus Man                      
7. Slave To Love                     8. This Is Tomorrow
9. The Only Face                    10. I Thought
11. Reason Or Rhyme            12. Virginia Plain
13. This Island Earth

“After forty years of making records, both in and out of Roxy Music, I thought now might be an interesting moment to revisit some of these songs, and approach them as instrumentals in the style of that magical period. I would like to thank Colin Good and the other outstanding musicians featured on this record (most of who played on his earlier tribute to the 1930s, the album ‘As Time Goes By’) for bringing a new and different life to these songs – a life without words” - Bryan Ferry

Produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies, 'The Jazz Age' will be released on November 26th on 10" Vinyl Folio Edition, 12" Vinyl, CD and Digital editions – all on BMG Rights Management.
To summarise, "The Jazz Age" is an intoxicating collection of timeless songs. From the thundering cascade of ‘Virginia Plain’, to the alluring weave of ‘Slave To Love’, Ferry has created a soundtrack for those endless champagne-fuelled parties documented by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and for a whole new generation ‘The Jazz Age’ is pure Gatsbyesque bliss.


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