Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”

Jan 2013 Bryan relives “The Roaring Twenties”


Bryan Ferry is to embark on an ambitious, big production tour this year featuring not only his usual band but also The Bryan Ferry Orchestra with whom he has just released the album ‘The Jazz Age’.

The concerts promise to be a rich mix of his hits and best-loved vocals plus the first live public performances of his all-instrumental salute to the golden age of jazz.

It always seemed to be just a question of time before Bryan, widely dubbed “The King Of Suave” or “The Electric Lounge Lizard”, tried to get the world

to relive the “The Roaring Twenties” – a time of modernity, decadence and bright young things who were driven on by the thrill of it all.

To mark the 40th year anniversary of his career as a singer and songwriter, Bryan rearranged some of his own compositions like ‘Do The Strand’, ‘Love Is The Drug’, ‘Avalon’ and ‘Slave To Love’ and had them performed in a 1920s style by his very own jazz orchestra.

bryan1“A lot of the music I listen to nowadays is instrumental, and I wanted to let my songs have a different life, a life without words,” said Bryan.

His jazz orchestra comprises many of the leading British musicians from his tribute to the 1930s, the album “As Time Goes By”, including his long-term musical director Colin Good.

The 13 songs were chosen from 11 albums, from his very first release “Roxy Music” in 1972 to his solo record “Olympia” in 2010.

“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.

“After 40 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 –

bryan2bringing a new and different life to these songs – a life without words.”

Bryan’s tour – his first since the “Dylanesque” tour in 2007 – opens at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester on October 26, and includes a return to the Royal Albert Hall in London.

He had his first hit with Roxy Music in 1972 with ‘Virginia Plain’ (UK No.4) and a year later he had his first solo hit with “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (No.10).

From then on he established a steady pattern of hits both with Roxy Music and on his own, with his biggest UK success being the chart-topper ‘Jealous Guy’ in 1981.

Ralph Gowling