Bryan Ferry – From Roxy To Jazzy

Bryan Ferry ’s claim to fame was originally in the ‘70s with his band Roxy Music. He has always been an advocate of Glam Rock and fronted the group as lead singer as well as writing their material and playing guitar and digital piano. Bryan Ferry’s solo career was to be a different ball game…Bryan Ferry

‘Virginia Plain’ On Digital Piano

It’s no surprise that Ferry has taken a musical role in the ‘Great Gatsby’ film. His leanings were ‘outside of the usual box’ as he integrated an oboe, saxophone and harmonica in his Roxy line up. This path was to bare a glam fruit of a different kind later on in Ferry’s life. Meanwhile, the crude and ‘thumping’ chord pattern heard at the onset of ‘Virginia Plain’ is energetically played by Ferry on the digital piano. It is soon accompanied by a distorted guitar, embellished oboe and an eerie synthesised motif that added to Ferry’s signatory niche. Ferry’s lyrics were stories in themselves with retro references to ‘’Baby Jane’’ and dancing the ‘’cha-cha through ‘til sunrise’’ was to be taken up by Ferry with the 1920’s Gatsby blast.

All That Jazz

Bryan Ferry fully embraced his Gatsby role by singing his track born in 1975 ‘’Love Is The Drug’’. This time he is backed by a 1920’s jazz band rather than the semi-electric line-up he had nurtured during Roxy’s time. The jazz version doesn’t have the footsteps, speeding car or the simplistic bass riff of the day but it does ‘cut a dash’ with its mellow trumpet echoing Ferry’s lyrics ’’’Tis no big thing… to wait for the bell to ring’’. The intro stomps its way through the song with strumming ukulele, digital piano and improvised baritone sax. Ferry sings softly as the band swarms around him in a typical bluesy style.

 ‘Crazy In Love’ With Bryan Ferry

As English scene emerges as Gatsby arrives at the bungalow to meet Daisy. Sipping afternoon tea his vulnerable side soon shows through as smitten and ‘’Crazy In Love’’. The quirky energy of the ‘20s reignites in this upbeat little ditty that would have been equally at home on the Titanic – given a decade or so!

Again the muted brass, clarinet and sax lead the way as Emili Sande squeezes a multitude of story-clad lyrics into the beat. The strummed phrasing drives the track on with ‘’Crazy Right Now’’ reverberating throughout and we are ‘ferryed’ to the end of this perfectly charming number with our hearts racing and our feet a-tapping. Truly decadent darling!

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