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Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

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Blue Note has established itself as the most iconic jazz brand in the contemporary music industry. However, it’s been a while since the label has participated in the aesthetic hybridisation that characterises modern music and opened up to more multifaceted artists; for example, those who flirt with hip-hop (Robert Glasper) pop (Norah Jones) or country (Bill Frisell). This project, conceived and overseen by the great producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux—his list of collaborations is endless…) under the Blue Note banner, is unquestionably part of this trend. It pays tribute to legendary Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, inviting a host of prestigious singers from all stylistic backgrounds to cover some of his most beautiful songs (spanning some fifty years’ worth of recordings). Larry Klein successfully ensures the coherence and aesthetic continuity of the album by providing each vocalist with the same small ‘jazz’ band, composed around two ‘house artists’ (the great guitarist Bill Frisell and the young Afro-American saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, the label’s rising star).


There’s no lack of taste or intensity throughout these 12 covers, alternating great hits (‘Suzanne’ by Gregory Porter, another of the label’s heavyweights; ‘Hallelujah’ by Sarah McLachlan) with lesser-known songs (‘Coming Back to You’, beautifully interpreted by James Taylor in an unusually low register; ‘You Want It Darker’, which is lifted by Iggy Pop’s vocals). No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it on this album. From Norah Jones to Peter Gabriel, the record certainly features an extensive musical palette… It’s hard not to fall in love with the soulful version of ‘If It Be You Will’ by Mavis Staples and the sublimely sombre cover of ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ by Nathaniel Rateliff. This is a real artistic success! © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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1
Steer Your Way
Norah Jones
00:04:49

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Norah Jones, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Landry, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Here It Is
Peter Gabriel
00:05:14

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Peter Gabriel, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sharon Terea Robinson, ComposerLyricist - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist - Faye Dolle, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Peter Gabriel Limited under license to Geffen Records

3
Suzanne
Gregory Porter
00:04:34

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Porter, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Hallelujah
Sarah McLachlan
00:06:20

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah McLachlan, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Potter, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Avalanche
Immanuel Wilkins
00:05:20

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
Luciana Souza
00:04:13

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Luciana Souza, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Piano, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Coming Back To You
James Taylor
00:03:41

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES TAYLOR, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - DAVE O'DONNELL, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ellyn Kusmin, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
You Want It Darker
Iggy Pop
00:05:05

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Iggy Pop, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - PATRICK LEONARD, ComposerLyricist - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Dave Poler, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
If It Be Your Will
Mavis Staples
00:05:27

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mavis Staples, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mat Lejeune, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Lackey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
David Gray
00:05:09

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - David Gray, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ben de Vries, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Famous Blue Raincoat
Nathaniel Rateliff
00:05:59

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Larry Goldings, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Frisell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Rateliff, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Karl Wingate, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Bird On The Wire
Bill Frisell
00:03:46

Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cook, A&R Admin - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist - Bill Frisell, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Hays, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Colley, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Jones, A&R - Adam Greenspan, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Immanuel Wilkins, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Here It Is, MainArtist

℗ 2022 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album review

Blue Note has established itself as the most iconic jazz brand in the contemporary music industry. However, it’s been a while since the label has participated in the aesthetic hybridisation that characterises modern music and opened up to more multifaceted artists; for example, those who flirt with hip-hop (Robert Glasper) pop (Norah Jones) or country (Bill Frisell). This project, conceived and overseen by the great producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux—his list of collaborations is endless…) under the Blue Note banner, is unquestionably part of this trend. It pays tribute to legendary Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, inviting a host of prestigious singers from all stylistic backgrounds to cover some of his most beautiful songs (spanning some fifty years’ worth of recordings). Larry Klein successfully ensures the coherence and aesthetic continuity of the album by providing each vocalist with the same small ‘jazz’ band, composed around two ‘house artists’ (the great guitarist Bill Frisell and the young Afro-American saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, the label’s rising star).


There’s no lack of taste or intensity throughout these 12 covers, alternating great hits (‘Suzanne’ by Gregory Porter, another of the label’s heavyweights; ‘Hallelujah’ by Sarah McLachlan) with lesser-known songs (‘Coming Back to You’, beautifully interpreted by James Taylor in an unusually low register; ‘You Want It Darker’, which is lifted by Iggy Pop’s vocals). No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it on this album. From Norah Jones to Peter Gabriel, the record certainly features an extensive musical palette… It’s hard not to fall in love with the soulful version of ‘If It Be You Will’ by Mavis Staples and the sublimely sombre cover of ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ by Nathaniel Rateliff. This is a real artistic success! © Stéphane Ollivier/Qobuz

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