Washington’s Bryan Ferry records soundtrack for The Great Gatsby

Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music

Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music

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WASHINGTON’S most successful musical export has provided jazz recordings for one of this spring’s highly-anticipated films.

Pop veteran Bryan Ferry, a former Washington School pupil, was drafted in to help transport cinema-goers back to the decadent days of the roaring 20s for The Great Gatsby.

After hearing Bryan’s The Jazz Age album while the movie was still in production, celebrated director Baz Luhrmann asked him and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra to record some music for the film.

Bryan, who shot to fame with band Roxy Music, said: “Baz felt the music we had recorded on our album worked well with his film, so he commissioned us to both rearrange elements of the score, and also record in a period style the contemporary songs that he and Jay-Z had selected.

“Baz came to my studio during the sessions and he had a very clear idea of what music he wanted for each scene. We recorded to picture, including a new version of Love Is The Drug.

“Baz is a strong creative force, and the soundtrack is always going to be important in any movie he makes, especially a film like The Great Gatsby, where the music of the period is key to the film’s identity.”

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which is released later this month, looks set to be a dazzling 3D adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novel.

It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the enigmatic millionaire Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as his lost love Daisy, and Tobey Maguire as confidante Nick Carraway.

It will open the Cannes Film festival on May 15. The score was executive produced by Jay-Z and also includes a Lana Del Rey track, written exclusively for the film.