October 25, 1999 12:00 PM

Bryan Ferry (Point Blank/Virgin)

As the leader of the now disbanded Brit art-pop band Roxy Music, Ferry was the very model of glamorous elegance, a Cary Grant for the rock and roll set. Ferry’s years with Roxy Music, as well as his solo career, established him as a fashion icon and pop stylist of the highest order. Ferry’s élan gave anything he sang a winking, often campy charm, whether he was smoothly warbling his own songs or cover versions.

On his first CD in five years, Ferry mines the rich musical lode of the 1920s and ’30s, artfully reinterpreting beloved standards by such giants as Kurt Weill, Rodgers and Hart, and Cole Porter. In Ferry’s hands, Jerome Kern and Dorothy Field’s “The Way You Look Tonight” becomes a jazzed-up romp reminiscent of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, while the languid “I’m in the Mood for Love” gets a smoky Middle Eastern ambience. With his modern sense of cool, Ferry explores timeless pop.

Bottom Line: Rocker has his winning way with the classics

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