After the last Leonard Cohen concert (Dec 21, 2013), band members Mitch Watkins, Rafael Gayol, and Roscoe Beck recorded an elegant version of “Christmas Time Is Here” for fans.
When we began discussions about touring in 2007, I can remember him saying to me, ‘I don’t know if there’s an audience out there for me,’ and that wasn’t just talk, The promoter was saying, ‘Oh yeah, there’s people dying to see you, this tour will be really big,’ but Leonard was very unsure. And because of his uncertainty, I actually shared it. I remember he had me in a hotel in Los Angeles when we were beginning discussions, and I wouldn’t use the valet parking because I didn’t think I should be spending $28 a day for that. So I moved my car from one street to the other instead.
Roscoe Beck, quoted in The legendary Leonard Cohen passes this way again by Gary Graff (Oakland Press: November 23, 2012)
Note: Originally posted Dec 7, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Note: Originally posted Oct 25, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Javier Mas On The Art Of The Laud
Javier Mas, laud player in the Leonard Cohen World Tour band, provides an animated, interesting, and helpful exposition on the background and musicological nature of his instruments as well as displaying some wicked calluses that are a consequence of his profession.
“To The Bone” is the title track of Hattie Webb’s new solo album. Pledges to help fund this album can be made at PledgeMusic: Hattie Webb
Hattie Webb – To The Bone
Sharon Robinson EP 1, which was to have been distributed at the shows of her European Tour Fall ’15, is available now. Recorded live in studio at f.Boo Music in Los Angeles, the EP features interpretations of Otis Redding’s “Dock of The Bay”, Eric Claptons’ “Change The World”, Bruce Hornsby’s, “The Way it is”, and Tom Waits’ dark ode to the struggle between good and evil, “Way Down in The Hole”, well known as the theme from HBO’s, “The Wire”.
EP 1 is available to download now:
Hattie Webb’s first solo record, “To The Bone” (plus goodies), can be pre-ordered at PledgeMusic
Details about the pledge program as well as a video and Hattie’s thoughts about the project can also be found at that link.