Gary Barlow has unveiled the official video for his song “Incredible,” ahead of this Friday’s (27) release of his new album Music Played By Humans. It’s the first set in his own name by the much-loved British singer, songwriter, and mainstay of pop giants Take That, since 2013’s Since I Saw You Last, which went double platinum in the UK.
The promo for the jazz-flavored track was filmed, appropriately, at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London’s Soho, and directed by Michael Baldwin. The song has the orchestral, big band feel that led to Barlow making the new set of original compositions, accompanied by an 80-piece orchestra.
On Tuesday, December 1, Barlow will be appearing on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he will chat to the host (who also guests on the album) and perform “Incredible.” The appearance is due at 12:37am ET/11:37pm Central.
“Looking back, little did I realize how poignant this album would be in a time now that orchestras can’t sit in a room together,” says the star. “We finished our last session two weeks before lockdown and when I listen to the album now, it brings back some great memories. We have some of the best musicians in the world in London…and they’re on my recordings – I’m so lucky.
Guests including Michael Bublé and Barry Manilow
“This is the first album I’ve made that’s really given me the opportunity to collaborate with this caliber of musicians on my songs, and they’re all so different in their own right,” he goes on. “‘Elita’ began as a duet with Michael [Bublé] until he suggested bringing Sebastián [Yatra] onto the record and that gave the song a whole new dynamic. ‘The Kind Of Friend I Need’ with Corden was just fun to record from the beginning – it’s a warm, good-humored, funny song that really celebrates British humor – in a northern way!”
Other guests on the record include French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf on “Eleven”; jazz musician Avishai Cohen, a favorite of Barlow’s, on ‘Before We Get Too Old”; and Grammy-winning pianist-entertainer Chilly Gonzales on “Oh What A Day.”
British soul vocal powerhouse Beverley Knight joins Barlow on “Enough Is Enough” and R&B singer and former Mis-teeq member Alesha Dixon guests on “What Leaving’s All About.” Also starring in a notable cameo on the album is Gary’s longtime friend Barry Manilow, who plays piano on “You Make The Sun Shine.”
“My ambition when we started this album,” concludes Barlow, “was to create something really bright, a celebration of music and the wonderful musicians we have in the UK and around the world. Some of it is recorded with an orchestra, some with quartets, a Latin band, and some of the tracks have jazz and big band sections – it really is music played by people, hence the title of the album.”
Music Played By Humans is released on November 27. Pre-order it here.
The full Music Played By Humans tracklist is:
1. “Who’s Driving This Thing”
3. “Elita” (ft Michael Bublé & Sebastían Yatra)
4. “The Big Bass Drum”
5. “This Is My Time”
6. “Enough Is Enough” (ft Beverley Knight)
7. “Bad Libran”
8. “Eleven” (ft Ibrahim Maalouf)
9. “Before We Get Too Old” (ft Avishai Cohen)
11. “Oh What A Day” (ft Chilly Gonzales)
12. “What Leaving’s All About” (ft Alesha Dixon)
13. “The Kind Of Friend I Need” (ft James Corden)
14. “I Didn’t See That Coming”
15. “Let’s Get Drunk”
16. “The Day The World Stopped Turning”
17. “You Make The Sun Shine” (ft Barry Manilow)
18. “Incredible” (Live)
19. “Incredible” (F9 Charleston Remix)