The Bryan Ferry Orchestra - Reason or Rhyme [1920s Jazz Version] (2012)
Published at : 20 Jan 2021
Artist: Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Song: Reason or Rhyme
Album: The Jazz Age (BMG, 2012)
Genre: Jazz, Retro Swing
Style: Jazz-Swing, Jazz
The Jazz Age is a rerecording of several of Bryan Ferry's own compositions, performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the jazz style of the 1920s. The 13 songs have been chosen from 11 albums, from his very first release 'Roxy Music' (1972) to his recent solo record 'Olympia' (2010). The album is co-produced by Ferry and Rhett Davies, with arrangements by Colin Good, and released on 26 November 2012 as a 10in vinyl folio edition and on 12in vinyl, CD and digital download, on BMG Rights Management.
The artwork for The Jazz Age album consists of illustrations by the renowned French poster artist Paul Colin (1892--1985).
"I started my musical journey listening to a fair bit of jazz, mainly instrumental, and from diverse and contrasting periods" explains Ferry.
"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 forty 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 - bringing a new and different life to these songs -- a life without words."