NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Just in time for the final leg of his farewell tour, the iconic singer-songwriter Paul Simon announced that he’s planning to release a new studio album.
“In The Blue Light” will be Simon’s 14th studio release and is set to hit the streets on September 7th. Produced by Simon and his longtime production collaborator Roy Halee, the album will also feature some of Simon’s favorite, though perhaps less familiar, material.
Simon has also invited a slate of musicians to help re-imagine the material, including the jazz icons trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd.
Two of the compositions recorded with the New York-based chamber ensemble sextet yMusic, “Can’t Run But” and “Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War,” are already regular features in Simon’s stage show.
“It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals,” Simon said.
“Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home,” he added.
The full tracklist
One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor
Can’t Run But
How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
Questions For The Angels