Bryan Ferry Orchestra – The Jazz Age
This track from 2012’s unexpected (and unexpectedly cool) record, The Jazz Age, has Bryan Ferry – singer from one of my all-time favorite bands, Roxy Music – re-imagining and re-interpreting songs from the Roxy songbook and his solo albums, taking every last vestige of glam and rock out and replacing it with the sounds of a hot jazz orchestra from the 20’s and 30’s.
|Le Smoking: the silky, sexy "tux'n'cognac" stylings of Brian Ferry|
What remains on both versions of this song is the tux‘n’cognac besotted cosmopolitan glamor; the original version sighs with resignation while Ferry is looking out at Manhattan from 60 stories up. This take is like the last call at the Cotton Club eighty years ago, wandering out from the glitz and back to the row house of Harlem. A marvelous record.
Dennis Yudt is a Sacramento based writer and music aficionado currently working on his vinyl record collection.
Images source: African American Flappers