There's a trend for established artists to go out, find the hippest young act they can find to tinker with their songs so they can get 'down with the kids' again. That's not the path for an artist like Bryan Ferry. Rather than go down the remix route for his new album out today (26 November), the Roxy Music man has taken a step back and looked at his back catalogue through the eyes of F Scott Fitzgerald, reinterpreting songs like Love Is The Drugs and Virginia Plain as if they were 1920s standards. Introducing The Jazz Age, Ferry has made Q a Playlist of the original tracks from the 1920s that inspired his musical re-evaluations.
Bryan Ferry: "The 1920s was a fascinating era in many ways, especially for the arts, viz the beginning of modern poetry with T.S Eliot's The Waste Land, and Scott Fitzgerald's wonderful evocation of the period with The Great Gatsby. These are some of my favourite records from that epoch. In particular, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, the two major figures from the 1920s who inspired the making of The Jazz Age. Armstrong's earthy New Orleans exuberance contrasting with Ellington's moody New York Cotton Club melodrama."
For more on The Jazz Age head to Bryanferry.com.
11:04 AM | 26/11/2012
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