It’s been seven years since Sir Elton John’s last solo release, but the performer is set to return next month with his 30th studio album The Diving Board, a new album featuring a top-notch list of collaborators. The 15-song collection was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, and is set for release on Sept. 24.
“I saw Elton at the Troubadour in 1970, in a legendary week of shows. Those shows never left me. A three piece band – piano, bass, and drums, like one enormous instrument – just killing it,” says Burnett of working with John. “So we started from there. I wanted to be able to superimpose this recording over my memory of the sound and the wild intelligence of those shows. From that perspective, forty years down the road, The Diving Board is an album of music by a master at the peak of his artistic powers.”
Check out this video of T Bone Burnett and John’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin discussing the inspiration behind “Quicksand,” a track from the new album. The Diving Board will be available on Sept. 24 via Capitol Records.