I continue to be delighted by the images in Sharon Robinson’s On Tour With Leonard Cohen, which Vogue described as “a book of photographs, 92 percent of which were shot on an iPhone, which gives them a curious sense of intimacy, spontaneity, and complicity, echoing, in a way, the particular closeness of Ms. Robinson and Mr. Cohen’s relationship.” Now, most folks buy this book because of the photos featuring Leonard Cohen, but there are other treats: many, many shots of other members of the Unified Heart Touring Company (past and present), family, strangers, local scenes, and the occasional hangers-on who show up at soundcheck in Austin.
- Perhaps the best 2012 Tour photo of Charley Webb I’ve seen
- An outstanding shot of a happy Roscoe Beck
- A pristine, all too rare photo of the usually camouflaged Rafael Gayol
- A closeup of Leonard Cohen performing on Jew’s harp
And He’s Off…
Leonard Cohen in the process of skipping off stage
Originally posted Oct 18, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
What’s the greatest challenge of the gig [serving as musical director and bassist for Leonard Cohen] for you?
Remaining vigilant! No matter how many times we may have played a particular song, anything about that song could change, at any time—and probably will! Remaining focused and in the moment is always important, but on this gig, it is absolutely essential. Another challenge is singing background vocals. In the role of bassist I’m usually comfortable and confident, so onstage I often focus more on the challenge of my vocal parts, doing my best to ensure they’re in pitch and blending well. Overall, if my performance never stands out in a particularly obvious way, I’m probably doing my job well.
From Roscoe Beck: Words and Music with Leonard Cohen by Chris Jisi. BassPlayer: July 1, 2013. The entire article, an intriguing read, can be accessed at the link. Photo atop post by Maarten Massa. Second photo by Mandy MacLeod. Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this article.
From Roscoe Beck: Words and Music with Leonard Cohen by Chris Jisi. BassPlayer: July 1, 2013. The entire article, an intriguing read, can be accessed at the link. Photo by Pierre-René Legrand. Thanks to Linda Sturgess alerted me to this article. Originally posted July 4, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
These shots from the September 2, 2012 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Show are striking not only because of their superior technical qualities and their compositional aesthetics but also because they capture meaningful moments of the performance that are often missed in the press coverage of these concerts.
These photos are the work of Aarno Sundgren, Finland (fi.), who has more photos of Leonard Cohen and others on display at that link.
Originally posted Sept 13, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
On With The Show
Leonard Cohen’s concert in Lille, France generated outstanding photos, videos, and reviews. (Update: more videos & photos from this show are online at 2010 Leonard Cohen Lille Concert Redux – New Photos, Videos Plus “When Leonard Met Ruth”)
A Songwriter Of Supreme Elegance
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of shots showing Leonard Cohen in concert standing erect, kneeling, crouching, etc. And, it’s easy to find images of classic scenes – e.g., Javier Mas performing his dramatic solo at the beginning of “Who By Fire” or Sharon Robinson powerfully singing “Alexandra Leaving.” But only on Cohencentric can one count on finding these and other popular photos alongside such rarely published but endearing images as a closeup of Neil Larsen’s hands playing the accordion on “The Partisan,” Alex Bublitchi, the intense violinist, who appears to be either carefully examining his necktie or performing the magic pencil illusion with his bow, and some wonderful looks at Roscoe Beck and Mitch Watkins in action. All of these photos, both the conventional and wonderfully idiosyncratic poses, were taken by Martine Nevens.
Note: Originally posted Oct 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Gwen Langford, web master of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, graciously allowed me to filch photos from her own 2013 Radio City Music Hall Leonard Cohen concert albums. Worthy of special note are lovely photos of Charley & Hattie Webb, the shot of Mitch Watkins that not only shows him at work but also displays his 2013 upgrade to a red velvet chair, three impressive images of Alex Bublitchi, and the sequence of photos depicting Leonard Cohen’s elbow keyboard run.
Originally posted April 13, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric