Iggy Pop to Release Jazz-Themed Album

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop, the legendary rock and roll singer whose ’60s band the Stooges is considered a progenitor of punk-rock, is reportedly preparing an album, Preliminaires, that Pop says is “not a rock album, more jazzy stuff … it’s a quieter album with some jazz overtones.” The release date is said to be May 18.

According to a news report on the Pitchfork Web site, Pop, 61, says that the subject of the album is French literature. Pop is also quoted as saying, “I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music, and I was starting to listen to a lot of New Orleans-era Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz. And I’ve always loved quieter ballads as well.”

Pop has launched a Web site, Preliminaires”, that allows fans to sign up for a newsletter that will keep them updated on the project. In addition, Pop has recorded a video that explains the genesis and concept of the album.

Read Evan Haga’s interview with Iggy Pop on jazz.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.