Elton John's Piano-Centric 'Diving Board' Gets an L.A. Studio Preview

Elton John previewed songs from his forthcoming September album The Diving Board at an intimate listening party in L.A. last week according to Rolling Stone (who hailed the new songs as the famed piano-man's "best work in years.") Harkening back to his critically-acclaimed albums of the early '70s, John's new songs feature the stripped down piano/bass/drums production that was a trademark of his initial live shows. "It's got everything I love about American music: gospel, soul, country," says Elton adding, "It's the most piano-orientated record I've ever made." As usual, long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin handled the lyrics for the new songs. 

Burnett, who also produced the 2010 Elton John/Leon Russell project The Union, contributed guitar to the Diving Board sessions along with Doyle Bramhall II while Jay Belleruse and Raphael Saadiq played drums and bass.

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