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At this point we’re starting to think that Bryan Ferry how some sort of complex about always accomplishing the unexpected. The former Roxy Music singer can’t just do a retrospective, he has to re-imagine his works as 1920s jazz. Via NY Mag:

Q. You have said that you’ve long wanted to make an instrumental album, but why did you settle on 1920s jazz as the style of this one? Did you consider other approaches as well?

A. Oh, yes. Two or three years ago I might have done it as an orchestral thing, with strings. But I’ve been listening over the last few years to a lot of Louis Armstrong — the early Hot Five and Hot Seven things, and him with King Oliver as well. And some Ellington. Those were the chief inspirations. Louis Armstrong’s things are more for discreet soloists, playing quite an earthy, improvised music. The Ellington stuff is more arranged and sophisticated, more orchestrated and more urbane. It’s also very, very cool. And so on some of the songs we aimed for that kind of sound. On others we wanted a more basic, New Orleans feeling.




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