Former Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry will release new studio album Avonmore, featuring Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, and more.
Former Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry will release a new album titled Avonmore, on Monday, November 17th. The album, which features collaborations with Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers, Marcus Miller, Flea, Mark Knopfler, and Maceo Parker, includes eight new songs by the singer-songwriter and two covers.
According to the press release, the album is a mix of both “contemporary and classic” of Ferry’s style of songwriting. The covers include Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In the Clowns” and Robert Palmer’s song “Johnny and Mary,” which was made in collaboration with Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje.
The English singer-songwriter started his career as lead vocalist and songwriter for art-rock band Roxy Music. He started the band with friends and acquaintances in 1970, a group that included Brian Eno, though Eno left after their second album. Influenced heavily by The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, and David Bowie, the group focused on experimenting with and sophisticating glam rock.
In 1973, Ferry started his parallel solo career with the release of the album These Foolish Things, while continuing to record with Roxy Music. He continued to release successful solo albums like Another Time, Another Place, while Roxy Music disbanded 1984. Roxy Music reunited in 2001 to tour, but didn’t record any new material. Although they disbanded in 1984, Roxy Music members and Brian Eno have continued to collaborate and play on Ferry’s solo albums throughout his solo career.
Recently, Bryan Ferry’s previous album The Jazz Age by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra featured jazz renditions of Ferry’s older hits from Roxy Music and from his solo career. The Jazz Age rendition of Roxy Music song “Love Is the Drug” was asked by film director Baz Luhermann to be featured in Luhermann’s remake of the classic The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.
Luhermann then asked Ferry for multiple jazz collaborations for the movie, which resulted in a separate album released, The Great Gatsby – The Jazz Recordings (A Selection of Yellow Cocktail Music). The album featured 1920s style jazz renditions of modern songs like Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful,” Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love,” and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”
After The Great Gatsby was released, Ferry toured with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in 2013, which included a performance following the screening of The Great Gatsby at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, Ferry performed at music festivals such as Coachella and Glastonbury.
Ferry’s new album Avonmore, which was produced by Ferry and Rhett Davies, and mixed by Craig Silvey, will be released via BMG on CD, vinyl, and digital on Monday November 17th, 2014.
Track 01. Loop De Li
Track 02. Midnight Train
Track 03. Soldier of Fortune
Track 04. Driving Me Wild
Track 05. A Special Kind Of Guy
Track 06. Avonmore
Track 07. Lost
Track 08. One Night Stand
Track 09. Send In The Clowns
Track 10. Johnny & Mary