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The patriarch of New Orleans R&B recorded one last session before he passed away in November 2015. American Tunes features solo piano recordings made at Touissant’s home studio as well as others made with guests like Jay Bellerose, Bill Frisell, Rhiannon Giddens, and Van Dyke Parks. He’s in fine form, too, lending his singular style to songs by Professor Longhair, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Paul Simon, and beautiful originals like  “Southern Nights.”

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Vince Guaraldi meets ? Beautiful Piano - American Classic

Learned on KPCC LA Public Raido show "The Frame." Thank you for the story; It makes the music even better.

Best for Last

Stunning album! Good listening, good dancing, good memories with such beautiful tone and expertise! I know what music sounds like from Heaven!


A bittersweet release, knowing Mr. Toussaint has crossed over. There are not the proper adjectivees in my vocabulary to describe this extraordinay music. Timeless and transcedental........Thank you, sir Rest in Peace...


Born: January 14, 1938 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist, solo artist -- Allen Toussaint wore all these hats over the course of his lengthy and prolific career, and his behind-the-scenes work alone would have been enough to make him a legend of New Orleans R&B. Thanks to his work with numerous other artists, Toussaint bore an enormous amount of responsibility for the sound of R&B in the Crescent City from the '60s on into the '70s. His productions kept with the times, moving from rollicking, earthy soul in...
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