Jazz label Blue Note Records is preparing a Leonard Cohen covers/tribute album titled Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. The album will feature big-name artists like Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, and Mavis Staples.
Among the other renowned artists are Norah Jones and Nathaniel Rateliff, as well as James Taylor, who recorded a version of “Coming Back to You,” while Sarah McLachlan takes on “Hallelujah.”
The album was produced by Cohen’s longtime friend Larry Klein, who assembled a core band of jazz-based musicians including guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Nate Smith.
“Leonard Cohen had been a friend since 1982 or so, and in the last 15 years of his life, he became a close friend,” said Klein in a press release. “After he passed away, I found myself frequently covering his songs with other artists that I was working with. One reason, of course, is 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.”