David Bowie has revealed he has teamed up with a leading jazz orchestra for his new single.
The track, called Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) is under wraps until it is premiered this weekend but is said to be “jazz-oriented”.
The song – also to feature on a forthcoming collection drawn from across his half century recording career – was recorded in New York in the summer with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, featuring eminent brass soloists.
It is his first new material since the release of his unexpected comeback album The Next Day which came out last year after almost almost a decade away from the studio.
Despite his regular changes of style, he has rarely touched on jazz in his lengthy career. He collaborated with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny in the 1980s but the resulting single This Is Not America was hardly jazz.
Sue will be broadcast for the first time on the Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour programme on BBC Radio 6 Music on Sunday, and the song will feature on new compilation album Nothing Has Changed, to be released on November 17.
There will be different artwork for each format of the album with each image featuring 66-year-old Bowie looking into a mirror.
The album includes a series of rare recordings, such as a version of his song All The Young Dudes which was later a hit for Mott The Hoople, as well as more familiar tracks.
A film called David Bowie Is, about the blockbuster exhibition devoted to his career at the V&A Museum, is to be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on November 18.