Elvis Costello has traded The Imposters for The Roots, teaming up with the venerable hip-hop act and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” house band to record a brand- new full-length album called Wise Up Ghost that will be released by Blue Note Records this September.
The album, which Roots bandleader Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson first mentioned earlier this year in an interview, is due out Sept. 17. It was produced by Roots associate Steven Mandel along with Costello and ?uestlove, and features members of The Roots and a guest vocal appearance on “Cinco Minutos Con Vos” from La Marisoul, lead singer of La Santa Cecilia.
According to a news release announcing the record, Costello describes it as as “the shortest distance between here and there” and containing “both rhythm and what is read,” while ?uestlove adds, “It’s a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies. I went stark and dark on the music, Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.”
No further details have been announced.