Allen Toussaint's Final Album to Be Released in June

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Allen Toussaint’s final recordings will be released as American Tunes in June.

American Tunes will feature songs from Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. Jay Bellerose, Bill Frisell, Rhiannon Giddens, Greg Leisz, Charles Lloyd, David Piltch, and Van Dyke Parks join Toussaint on the Joe Henry-produced album.

The legendary New Orleans singer, songwriter and producer had just completed the album when he passed away last November.

Toussaint’s children, Alison Toussaint-LeBeaux and Clarence Reginald Toussaint, who have long served as their father’s managers, said of the American Tunes album, “Our father approached this project with great care and understanding of the songs selected and paid true homage to Professor Longhair, his musical hero. He wanted to bring as much of the Toussaint touch as he could to these wonderful classics.”

The track list:
  • Delores’ Boyfriend
  • Viper’s Drag
  • Confessin’ (That I Love You)
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Lotus Blossom
  • Waltz for Debby
  • Big Chief
  • Rocks in My Bed
  • Danza, op. 33
  • Hey Little Girl
  • Rosetta
  • Come Sunday
  • Southern Nights
  • American Tune
  • Her Mind Is Gone (Vinyl LP Only)
  • Moon River (Vinyl LP Only)
  • Bald Head (Vinyl LP Only)
Special guests:
  • Rhiannon Giddens, vocals (Come Sunday, Rocks in My Bed)
  • Van Dyke Parks, second piano (Danza, Southern Nights) and orchestral arrangement (Danza)
The June release will be preceded with The Complete Warner Recordings from Rhino on May 13, a 2 disc set featuring Allen Toussaint’s 3 solo albums: Life, Love and Faith, Southern Nights & Motion plus live rare recordings housed in a jewel case with a 24 page booklet.

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