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Review: Bryan Ferry, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Keith Bruce's verdict: Three stars

Although billed An Evening With Bryan Ferry, the man himself is conspicuously absent for the early portion of the set recreating his Jazz Age album, which recasts early Roxy Music hits in Gatsby-esque Cotton Club mode.

The star of musical director Colin Good's Bryan Ferry Orchestra is young reedsman Richard White, playing a vintage clarinet with an upturned bell and the mammoth bass saxophone, rarely so effectively deployed since the glory days of Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight.

Other members of the band may date back to the trad jazz revival of the early 1960s - but that only predates Roxy and Ferry by a decade.

White's contribution also survives a clunky band augmentation to play electric music (when a shout of "Judas" might have been misunderstood, despite a brace of Dylan songs in the set), and his clarinet starts to dep for Andy MacKay's absent oboe and the rest of the horns have to compete with Oliver Thompson's Les Paul guitar.

Truth to tell, it is a long evening that tries to cover too many bases and manages few of them as well as the cod 1920s jazz that opened the set.

Ferry's take on Carrickfergus was always unnecessary, Knockin' On Heaven's Door is interminable and the more epic moments of the Stranded album are beyond the older Ferry's voice.

But perhaps he was just saving himself because the show ends with a storming sequence of R'n'B with Let's Stick Together followed by Sam and Dave's Hold On I'm Coming and Jimmy Reed's Shame Shame Shame.

Of course, the old guys can handle that stuff too and at last they were in balance with the guitars.

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