David Bowie Shares Melancholic Jazz Single, ‘Lazarus’

NEW YORK - JUNE 07: David Bowie attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

In a couple of weeks, on his 69th birthday, David Bowie will release ? (pronounced “blackstar”), his 25th studio album. He’s already unveiled the album’s title track, and now, courtesy of NPR, we have a new one called “Lazarus.”

Working with producer Tony Visconti and saxophonist and band leader Donny McCaslin, Bowie infuses the single with slow, jazzy tones, and focuses blending atonal distorted guitar with moody, droning horns.

“It wasn’t actually spoken out loud, but we were going to make a David Bowie album with jazz musicians, but they weren’t necessarily going to play jazz,” Visconti told NPR. “If we used rock musicians trying to play jazz, it would have been a very different album.”

Listen below, and look for ? on January 8.



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