Blue Note Records Preparing a Star-Studded Leonard Cohen Tribute Album

Among the stars are Peter Gabriel, Iggy Pop, and Mavis Staples…

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.”

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 Be Your Will”
  10. David Gray – “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy”
  11. Nathaniel Rateliff – “Famous Blue Raincoat”
  12. Bill Frisell – “Bird on the Wire”
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