American Tunes is the final recording from legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Produced by Joe Henry, it features both solo piano recordings and others made with musicians like Jay Bellerose, Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Charles Lloyd, David Piltch, and special guests Rhiannon Giddens and Van Dyke Parks. There are works by Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and others. The Los Angeles Times says it’s “a rich pianistic tour de force of American music.” The Times of London calls it “gorgeous,” exclaiming: “Swan songs don’t get any better.”
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