"It's got everything I love about American music: gospel, soul, country.''
That's what Elton said about his CD, which is now expected to be out in September.
The pop veteran spoke about the newly completed album during a playback session for friends and music reporters at The Village recording studio Friday, saying "It's the most piano-oriented album of my career."
At the urging of producer T Bone Burnett, Elton 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, the piano player's songwriting partner since 1967, penned 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," remarked the musician, who was 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.
Below is the track listing. . . .
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