Elton John readies the 'The Diving Board' for September
Posted February 25, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Elton John is high on The Diving Board.
"It's got everything I love about American music: gospel, soul, country," he said about his newly completed album during a playback session for friends and music reporters at The Village recording studio Friday. "It's the most piano-oriented album of my career."
Originally scheduled for a late 2012 release, The Diving Board will be out in September.
At the urging of producer T Bone Burnett, John returned to a basic piano/bass/drums format, enlisting Jay Bellerose on drums, Raphael Saadiq on bass, Doyle Bramhall on guitar, Keefus Ciancia on keyboards and Jack Ashford on percussion. Bernie Taupin, John's songwriting partner since 1967, wrote lyrics for the 13 songs.
The project was completed over two sessions, one early last year after wrapping up The Union with Leon Russell and the second last month.
"It's the album I should be making after The Union," said John, sporting a black track suit and sneakers. "It's the most adult record I can make at my age."
He added wryly, "I'm just heading toward being 80 years old and playing at the Holiday Inn."
Despite a track record of huge hits, he has low commercial expectations.
"I'm not the sort of artist who'll get played on the radio," he said.
Diving is likely to delight critics with its virtuosic piano workouts, whether on ballads or boogie tunes, and some of John's strongest vocals ever, especially on the powerful title track.
The Diving Board track list:
Oscar Wilde Gets Out
A Town Called Jubilee
The Ballad of Blind Tom
Can't Stay Alone Tonight
Take This Dirty Water
The New Fever Waltz
Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)
The Diving Board
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