Jazz The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/3154.html Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:28:34 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management pl-pl Bryan Ferry - As Time Goes By (1999) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/3154-bryan-ferry/11782-bryan-ferry-as-time-goes-by-1999.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/3154-bryan-ferry/11782-bryan-ferry-as-time-goes-by-1999.html Bryan Ferry - As Time Goes By (1999)

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1. As Time Goes By		play
2. The Way You Look Tonight
3. Easy Living
4. I'm in the Mood for Love
5. Where or When
6. When Somebody Thinks You're Wonderful
7. Sweet and Lovely
8. Miss Otis Regrets
9. Time on My Hands
10. Lover, Come Back to Me
11. Falling in Love Again
12. Love Me or Leave Me		play
13. You Do Something to Me
14. Just One of Those Things
15. September Song

Personnel : 
Bryan Ferry (vocals, synthesizer); 
Nils Solberg, Phil Manzanera (guitar); 
Martin Wheatley (banjo); 
Gavyn Wright, Dave Woodcock, Abraham Lebrovich, Boguslav Kostecki, Wilf Gibson (violin); 
Phil Dukes, Peter Lale (viola); 
Anthony Pleeth (cello); 
Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot); 
Hugh Webb (harp); 
Jim Tomlinson (clarinet, alto saxophone); 
Alan Barnes (clarinet, tenor saxophone); 
Jose Libertella, Luis Stazo (bandoneon); 
Robert Fowler (tenor saxophone); 
Enrico Tomasso (trumpet); 
Malcolm Earle Smith, Bob Hunt (trombone); 
Colin Good (piano, synthesizer, harmonium); 
Richard Jeffries, Chris Laurence (bass); 
John Sutton, Andy Newmark (drums); 
Frank Ricotti (percussion); 
James Sanger (programming); 
Oxford Girls Choir (background vocals).

 

Bryan Ferry invests considerable time and energy in cover albums (he should, considering that they compose a good portion of his solo catalog), treating them with as much care as a record of original material. He's always found ways to radically reinvent the songs he sings, so it's easy to expect that his collection of pop standards, As Time Goes By, would re-imagine the familiar. Instead, As Time Goes By is his first classicist album, containing non-ironic, neo-traditionalist arrangements of songs associated with the '30s. That doesn't mean it's a lavish affair, dripping with lush orchestras -- it's considerably more intimate than that. Even when strings surface, they're understated, part of a small live combo that supports Ferry throughout the record. He's made the music as faithful to its era as possible, yet instead of rigidly replicating the sounds of the '30s, he's blended Billie Holiday, cabaret pop, and movie musicals into an evocative pastiche. Ferry is at his best when he's exploring the possibilities within a specific theory or concept; with As Time Goes By, he eases into these standards and old-fashioned settings like an actor adopting a new persona. Since Ferry has always been a crooner, the transition is smooth and suave. He makes no attempt to alter his tremulous style, yet it rarely sounds incongruous -- he may sound a little vampirish on "You Do Something to Me," but that's the rare case where he doesn't seamlessly mesh with his romantic, sepia-toned surroundings. On the surface, it may seem like a departure for Ferry, but in the end, it's entirely of a piece with his body of work. True, it may not be a major album in the scheme of things, but it's easy to be seduced by its casual elegance. --- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com

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Bryan Ferry and His Orchestra - Bitter-Sweet (2018) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/3154-bryan-ferry/24722-bryan-ferry-and-his-orchestra-bitter-sweet-2018.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/jazz/3154-bryan-ferry/24722-bryan-ferry-and-his-orchestra-bitter-sweet-2018.html Bryan Ferry and His Orchestra - Bitter-Sweet (2018)

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01. Alphaville (02:54)
02. Reason or Rhyme (03:42)
03. Sign of the Times (instr.) (02:29)
04. New Town (03:57)
05. Limbo (instr.) (02:49)
06. Bitter-Sweet (03:57)
07. Dance Away (instr.) (02:47)
08. Zamba (03:05)
09. Sea Breezes (instr.) (03:01)
10. While My Heart Is Still Beating (03:11)
11. Bitters End (instr.) (02:26)
12. Chance Meeting (03:47)
13. Boys and Girls (04:40)

Accordion – Karen Street
Cello – Katy Cox
Double Bass – Chris Laurence, Sam Becker
Harp – Camilla Pay
Piano – Charlie Woof-Byrne
Viola – Emma Owens, Sarah Chapman 
Violin – Emma Parker, Victoria Sutherland
Vocals – Bobbie Gordon
Bandoneon, Piano – Julian Rowlands
Banjo, Guitar – Martin Wheatley
Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet – Alan Barnes
Drums – John Sutton
Percussion – Frank Ricotti
Piano, Harmonium – Colin Good
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Richard White
Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Robert Fowler
Trombone – Ian Bateman, Malcolm Earle Smith
Trumpet – Enrico Tomasso
Tuba, Sousaphone – Marc Easener
Viola, Violin – Marina Moore
Violin, Viola – Ros Stephen 

 

Building upon 2012's The Jazz Age, and his acting turn as a cabaret singer in the 1930s Netflix drama Babylon Berlin, Bryan Ferry returns to his love of urbane classic jazz with 2018's Bitter-Sweet. Recorded with longtime collaborator/pianist Colin Good, Bitter-Sweet finds the Roxy Music frontman once again embracing the vintage 1920s and '30s big-band swing he first explored on 1999's As Time Goes By, and which he and Good brought to fruition with The Jazz Age. However, whereas The Jazz Age featured instrumental reworkings of many of Ferry's best-loved songs, Bitter-Sweet features Ferry singing jazz versions of both Roxy Music songs and songs from his solo career. Featured on the album are the six songs the singer contributed to the Babylon Berlin soundtrack, including "Alphaville," "Reason or Rhyme," "Bitter-Sweet," "Dance Away," "Chance Meeting," and "Bitters End." As arranged by Good and Ferry, these are all wry and romantic productions that evoke the smoky ambiance of Babylon Berlin's Weimar Republic-era setting. Elsewhere, Ferry transforms the new wave sophistication of "While My Heart Is Still Beating" off 1982's Avalon into a slinky, half-lidded crawl, and similarly mutates the pop exotica of his 1985 title track "Boys and Girls" into a slow-burn flamenco fever dream. Particularly compelling is Ferry and his orchestra's snappy rendition of "Sign of the Times" off 1978's The Bride Stripped Bare, in which the original track's driving guitar lines are transposed to a puckered trumpet lead. This is haunting jazz sprinkled with the golden dust of Ferry's glittery rock past. ---Matt Collar, AllMusic Review

 

Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry adds blues, jazz and swing instrumentation to some of his best-known work thus proving that he can innovate his stylings to a new era of music with his latest album ‘Bitter-Sweet’.

The 13-track release - which includes eight vocal tracks - comes two years after 'The Jazz Age' which consisted entirely of instrumental recordings. The solo album, inspired by his work on Netflix series Babylon Berlin, is a “remake” of his past music which invokes a sense of nostalgia while managing to put a modern twist.

Starting off with the zig-zagging arrangement of violins, banjo and thumping wood blocks layered with Ferry’s hushed vocals, is 'Alphaville'. Before moving into the haunting, echoey 'Reason Or Rhyme', a track that makes great use of tenor saxophones and muted trumpets. The track seamlessly blends into the upbeat instrumental 'Sign Of The Times' as another dance-worthy number takes over in the form of dreamy disco track 'Limbo', before slow-build 'New Town' leaves you with a sense of anticipation.

However, the stand-out track comes in the form of minimalist track 'Zamba' taken Ferry’s 1987 solo album ‘Bête Noire’. With spine-tingling synths and a soaring string section led by Ferry’s hoarse whisper of a vocal, the track is something old, yet something completely new.

Other highlights include 'While My Heart Is Still Beating' from Roxy Music’s swirling final studio album and 'Dance Away' which prompts you do as the name suggests with its flowing, light-hearted instrumentals.

While many of the tracks within the offering keep you listening on, the pace of the album seems to slow after 'Zamba', and you are tempted to skip ahead if you are not the biggest fan of jazz as some tracks such 'Bitters End' and 'Chance Meeting' don’t make as much of an impact as the rest of the brilliant production.

Overall, the album – filled with as much theatrical swagger as great music- is much more than just a remake as Ferry’s baritone vocals and inventive arrangements make for an album that invokes a lot more than nostalgia; with the ability to attract new fans as well as hold the old. ---Malvika Padin, clashmusic.com

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