Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, David Gray and Nathaniel Rateliff will also sing one song each on the 12-track record, which features a core backing band of guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nate Smith, with guest spots from Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar) and Larry Goldings (organ). In a statement, producer Larry Klein described these players as some of “the most visionary and forward-thinking musicians in the jazz world.”
Blue Note previewed the album featuring Taylor’s warm and spacious version of the love song “Coming Back to You,” which appears on Cohen’s 1984 record, Different positions.
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“When Larry Klein invited me to participate in a Leonard Cohen tribute album, I immediately accepted,” Taylor said in a statement. “Both because Larry is a great producer of excellent recordings and a good friend, and because, like almost everyone of my generation, I revere Leonard Cohen. As soon as I began to seek out my own musical preferences, Cohen’s songs were among my few favorites and had a great influence on my own development as a songwriter.”
Klein noticed that Here it is developed as an extension of his friendship with the late songwriter who died in 2016 at the age of 82. “Leonard Cohen had been a friend since 1982 or so, and in the last 15 years of his life he became a close friend,” Klein said. “He was possibly the smartest and funniest friend I had, and someone I enjoyed immensely in every way. After he passed away, I found myself often covering his songs with other artists I worked with. One reason is, of course, that the songs are so good – in a certain way, Leonard is the best pop songwriter ever – but the other reason was that it helped keep him in the air around me.”
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a journey, a songa new documentary film based on Alan Light’s book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujahpremiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.
‘Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen’ Tracklist
1. Norah Jones – “Steer Your Way”
2. Peter Gabriel – “Here It Is”
3. Gregory Porter – “Suzanne”
4. Sarah McLachlan – “Hallelujah”
5. Immanuel Wilkins – “Avalanche”
6. Luciana Souza – “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”
7. James Taylor – “Coming Back to You”
8. Iggy Pop – “You Want It Darker”
9. Mavis Staples – “If It’s Your Will”
10. David Gray – “Seeing So Long Ago, Nancy”
11. Nathaniel Rateliff – “Famous Blue Raincoat”
12. Bill Frisell – “Bird on The Wire”
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