David Bowie will be accompanied by a full orchestra on his new "jazz-oriented" single, the singer has revealed.
The song, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," set to be premiered later this week, was recorded in New York in the summer with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, featuring eminent brass soloists.
The track is set to feature on a forthcoming collection drawn from across his half century recording career.
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 his 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
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