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Thu March 14, 2013
'The Jazz Age' is Timeless
Bryan Ferry, leader of the 1980s musical art rock sensation, Roxy Music, is also a brilliant musical historian. With the new CD The Jazz Age he has merged his two passions. He took Roxy Music favorites such as "Love Is The Drug", "The Bogus Man" and "Slave To Love" and orchestrated them for a 1920s style acoustic big jazz band.
The production values are reminiscent of Duke Ellington Cotton Club recordings and Paul Whiteman 78 RPM records. It isn't for everyone, but it's an effort worthy of investigation. Some will appreciate the authenticity of the approach while others may find it a little affected. Perhaps that is why Bob Edwards decided to make Bryan Ferry an interview subject this Saturday.
We wanted to give you a chance to hear this new/old music before Saturday so that is why we premiered it today. In keeping with our Women's History Month theme, we found two current singers who are investigating music of the 1920s and '30s and making it relevant today: Roberta Donnay and Diana Krall. Thank you for listening and we hope enjoyed the new/old walk down memory lane.