James Taylor covers Leonard Cohen - 'Coming Back to You,' Blue Note ***

They're shutting down the factory now/Just when all the bills are due ring out from the lyrics on track of the day and new today in the One Love spot - a fresh and very unhackneyed treatment of Leonard Cohen's 'Coming Back to You' sung by the great

Published: 28 Jul 2022. Updated: 3 days.

They're shutting down the factory now/Just when all the bills are due ring out from the lyrics on track of the day and new today in the One Love spot - a fresh and very unhackneyed treatment of Leonard Cohen's 'Coming Back to You' sung by the great James Taylor a love lorn meditation on distance as the protagonist at the heart of the song awaits the handing down of his sentence and included on an autumn release upcoming from Blue Note of the Larry Klein produced Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen that traverses the Cohen songbook with in addition to Sweet Baby James himself - Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Gregory Porter, Sarah McLachlan, Luciana Souza, Iggy Pop, Mavis Staples, David Gray and Nathaniel Rateli­ff among the artists involved with iconic guitarist Bill Frisell, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Kevin Hays, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Nate Smith plus additionally Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and Larry Goldings on organ in the core band.

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James Taylor, photo: Limelight/official James Taylor Twitter

'Coming Back to You' was a track on the John Lissauer produced Columbia album Various Positions (initially released in 1984). Leonard Cohen, main photo top, in 1985. Photo: via YouTube

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Electro princes of darkness Rkdia ride in to gig during Sounds of Denmark

Chance your arm with Schantz and Eger this September. Nordic princes of darkness Rkdia - where fully altered 1980s electro pop meets subliminal echoes of 'Rockit'-period Herbie Hancock and heart-on-sleeve big throated crooning among the smörgåsbord …

Published: 27 Jul 2022. Updated: 14 days.

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Chance your arm with Schantz and Eger this September.

Nordic princes of darkness Rkdia - where fully altered 1980s electro pop meets subliminal echoes of 'Rockit'-period Herbie Hancock and heart-on-sleeve big throated crooning among the smörgåsbord of sounds - are the stand-out band this autumn at Sounds of Denmark - a run of autumn gigs that begins in Southampton and continues in London spread over three days in mid-September.

The Nordic duo, keys/vocals ace Morten Schantz and drum wiz Anton Eger, above, the latter best known for his long tenure in Phronesis, have just released their storming live album RKDIA Live into DR Koncerthuset.

The Arcadian ones play Southampton in a double bill with Svaneborg Kardyb on the 14th and move on to Soho weighing in as a part of a double bill with the Bévort 3 at basement shrine the Pizza Express Jazz Club on the 16th.

Back in May we bigged up the deeply satisfying 'Orbit' in our One Love track of the day spot new at the time from the Svaneborg Kardyb duo who are drummer Jonas Kardyb and keyboardist Nikolaj Svaneborg and who display a folk and Scandinavian jazz-soaked approach. They are signed to the Mancunian spiritual-jazz and jazztronica-loving Gondwana Records. As a sizeable hors d'oeuvre to Sounds of Denmark Eger also rumbles in for the Proms on 3 September in the top playing company of Marius Neset, Ivo Neame, Conor Chaplin, Jim Hart and the London Sinfonietta.

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