American Tunes, a new studio album, had been completed shortly before the singer-songwriter's death in November 2015, the company said. It consists of two sets of recordings: one made in 2013, the other in October 2015, just a month before Toussaint died:
The album comprises solo performances of Professor Longhair tunes and band arrangements of songs by Toussaint, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. American Tunes is available to pre-order now at iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where the album track "Big Chief" may be downloaded instantly; Nonesuch Store pre-orders come with an exclusive limited-edition print. A two-LP vinyl version, also available June 10, includes three bonus tracks.
Rhiannon Giddens, Van Dyke Parks and others are on the album as well.