Bryan Ferry Revisits His Catalogue with 'The Jazz Age'

Bryan Ferry Revisits His Catalogue with 'The Jazz Age'
On previous covers albums, Roxy Music great Bryan Ferry has reworked jazz-pop standards (1999's As Time Goes By) and songs by Bob Dylan (2007's Dylanesque). For his latest release, Ferry will be covering his own back-catalogue material and giving it a jazzy twist.

The Jazz Age features 1920s-style cuts performed by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra. It will be out on November 26 in the UK via BMG Rights Management and will be available in vinyl, CD and digital formats.

This reworking of Ferry's previous material comes on the 40th anniversary of his career (Roxy Music's self-titled debut came out in 1972). The Jazz Age features entirely instrumental versions of solo works, plus Roxy Music classics like "Do the Strand," "Love Is the Drug" and "Avalon." See the tracklist below; the cover art above.

Ferry discussed his love of retro jazz in a statement. He explained, "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."

Scroll past the tracklist to hear the original (not jazz) versions of all 13 songs from the album. Below that is a short teaser video that shows various instruments being recorded for the album, but doesn't include any fully arranged clips of music. And go here to listen to the new version of "Don't Stop the Dance."

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