Norah Jones has covered Leonard Cohen with a striking new version of “Steer Your Way,” a song that appeared on the legendary songwriter’s final album You Want It Darker. The track will be featured on Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen.
“I loved singing this song because it’s a newer one but has all the best qualities of some of his older classic songs,” says Jones. It’s the latest single from the forthcoming record, a remarkable album produced by Larry Klein that features an extraordinary line-up of vocalists interpreting Cohen’s profound songs. Previously released singles include “Coming Back To You” by James Taylor and “Famous Blue Raincoat” by singer Nathaniel Rateliff.
Here It Is also includes contributions from Peter Gabriel, Gregory Porter, Sarah McLachlan, Luciana Souza, Iggy Pop, Mavis Staples, and David Gray. The vocalists are accompanied by an exceptional band featuring saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Liesz, pianist Kevin Hays, organist Larry Goldings, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Nate Smith. The album arrives on October 14 and can be pre-ordered now on D2C exclusive color vinyl, black vinyl, CD, or digital download.
“Leonard Cohen had been a friend since 1982 or so, and in the last 15 years of his life, he became a close friend,” says Klein. “He was possibly the wisest and funniest friend that I had, and someone that I enjoyed, immensely, in every way. 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, but the other reason was that it helped keep him in the air around me.”
The album’s 12 tracks offer a range of Cohen’s compositions, with songs drawn from his beloved 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen all the way up to selections from his final album, You Want It Darker, released just days before his death in 2016. The set covers some of his best-known classics and less familiar deep cuts, all given new life through thoughtful and unexpected arrangements and performances.