Allen Toussaint's last recordings to be issued in June

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American Tunes, an album of Allen Toussaint's last recordings, will be released in June. - COURTESY NONESUCH RECORDS
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  • American Tunes, an album of Allen Toussaint's last recordings, will be released in June.
The late Allen Toussaint's final recordings will be issued June 10, according to a release today from Nonesuch Records

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.

Toussaint was honored and remembered at an all-star performance at the Orpheum Theater last November, and the New Orleans City Council declared Jan. 14, 2016 "Allen Toussaint Day" in New Orleans.

Listen to American Tunes' beautiful piano rendition of "Big Chief":



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