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    Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:09:57

    Bryan Ferry Orchestra to Release "The Jazz Age" on February 12 - See the video for "Do the Strand"

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    If there was ever a musical icon and a decade destined to come together, it is Bryan Ferry and the Roaring Twenties. The artist as creative powerhouse with a dazzling career of endless surprise, delight and innovation, and the decade - a time of modernity, decadence and bright young things - all driven on by the thrill of it all.

    To celebrate and mark the 40th year anniversary of his incredible career both as a solo artist and as the creator of Roxy Music, Ferry has re-recorded some of his own compositions, performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the style of the 1920s. Driven by his fascination for that time between the wars known as The Jazz Age, Ferry has recorded the songs as instrumentals.

    The Jazz Age is a collection of timeless songs awakening the spirits of Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven, Bix Beiderbecke & the Wolverines and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. From the thundering cascade of "Virginia Plain" to the timeless weave of "Slave To Love", "Avalon" and "Reason or Rhyme" – no shade from Ferry's palette of musical styles is omitted. "The Bogus Man," which made its debut on 1973's "For Your Pleasure", revives the heady sounds of Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra, while the arrangement of "Don't Stop the Dance" might have come from the pen of the great Don Redman. 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.

    Watch the video for "Do the Strand":

    Track Listing:

    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

    Are you going to check out this jazztastic release?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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    Tags: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke & the Wolverines, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra, Don Redman

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