Elton John has finished what he calls "the most piano-oriented album of my career" and is looking at a release in September.
Titled "The Diving Board," the 13-track album comprises songs written in two sessions with lyricist Bernie Taupin. The first was in January 2012 soon after the completion of his album with Leon Russell, "The Union." Four others were written and recorded in January of this year.
"We wrote 11 songs in three and recorded them in four days," John told a small group of friends, associates and journalists at Village Studios Friday afternoon. After a year, John and Taupin were able to revisit the project, write a few more songs and finish the album. "In hindsight, I realize I never had that before," he said of being able to step away from compositions for a good period of time.