Eclectic songwriter Elvis Costello has signed a new global record deal that promises various outlets for jazz, classical and pop projects.
Costello signed on the dotted line with the international entertainment company PolyGram, which controls pop imprint Mercury, and PolyGram Classics & Jazz, a division that includes Verve, Deutsche Grammophon, London, Decca and Philips.
Costello, who left Warner Bros. Records last year, will release his first album under the new agreement on Mercury this summer. The disc will be a collaboration with Burt Bacharach. The two composed together throughout 1997.
A new Costello track, penned with his wife, Cait O'Riordan, can be found on the soundtrack to the new Coen Brothers film, The Great Lebowski.
Danny Goldberg, chairman and CEO of Mercury, called Costello "a true renaissance artist. It's an unbelievable honor to anticipate working with his diverse musical visions."
Costello is no stranger to diverse musical visions. He has recorded with New York's Jazz Passengers, released a live concert album with avant-garde guitarist Bill Frisell and wrote lyrics for a Charles Mingus composition.