by Bryan FerryBryan Ferry


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Taxi shows a mature Bryan Ferry, suave and controlled, very much in line with his general career from 1979 on. The choice of songs to cover doesn't make for any surprises -- the same selections of classic rock, pop, and soul numbers dominate, with an interesting ringer here and there like "Amazing Grace." As with his other recent solo records, a cast of thousands supports him, ranging from the Grid's Richard Norris on synth programming to Brit guitar legends Robin Trower and Michael Brook, plus vocalist Carleen Anderson. All four feature on the opening "I Put a Spell on You," which manages the neat trick of sounding almost exactly like a Ferry original -- what Screamin' Jay Hawkins would have made of it is anyone's guess. The rest of the album takes a similar tone, either crackling with low-key energy or aiming for a more gentle approach. The former style turns up in some welcome guises -- thus the take on Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me," here benefiting from a quick beat, mysterious samples and noises buried in the mix and near-subliminal guitar. An overall highlight is the take on the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties," which balances a certain winsomeness with a subtle air of threat, the music just beautiful enough on the one hand and just creepy enough on the other. Ferry's treated vocals, made to sound weirdly flat and compressed, heightens the curious mood.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2015
Label: Jdc Records
UPC: 0093624524625
catalogNumber: 45246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bryan Ferry   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Vocals
Robin Trower   Guitar,fender rhodes,wah wah guitar,Wah Wah Bass
David Sancious   Organ,Hammond Organ
Maceo Parker   Alto Saxophone
Carleen Anderson   Vocals
Michael Brook   Guitar
Mel Collins   Tenor Saxophone
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Michael Giles   Drums
Neil Hubbard   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Andy Mackay   Drums,Alto Saxophone
Andy Newmark   Drums
Steve Pearce   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Strings,Harp,Vibes
Chris Stainton   Synthesizer,Hammond Organ
David Williams   Rhythm Guitar
Mike Giles   Drums
David E. Williams   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Robin Trower   Producer
John Newton   Composer
Richard Norris   Programming,Engineer
Sven Taits   Engineer
Nicholas Deville   Art Direction
Sam Bobrick   Composer
Ross Butler   Composer
David E. Williams   Hook
Charles Brooks   Composer
Richard T. Norris   Engineer

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