Renowned singer Christine Tobin has been a long time admirer and eloquent interpreter of Leonard Cohen who is now widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Tobin is acknowledged both here and on the international scene as one of the finest interpreters of his work - as the Guardian's John L. Walters writes "Christine is inspiring on her own material but she is in a class of her own singing Leonard Cohen. Her 24 carat voice and captivating arrangements are spellbinding, ploughing the depths and expressing the poetry of his lyrics with unalloyed soulfulness”.

This project brings together some Cohen staples previously recorded and performed by Christine and some new unexplored material. The CD features Christine on vocals and long time collaborators Phil Robson guitar, Dave Whitford double bass and Huw Warren on accordion and piano. Our new musical friend Adriano Adewale features on percussion and we also have guest appearances from the wonderful Gwillam Simcock on piano and the fantastic Nick Smart on trumpet.

About The Musicians

Christine Tobin

Irish-born singer-songwriter Christine Tobin is based in New York. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is steeped in the singer-songwriter tradition and draws on a broad range of influences from West Africa to Brazil (Oumou Sangare, Fela Kuti, Elis Regina etc). Much of her repertoire is self-penned and Tobin has received many accolades for her skills as a writer and arranger. Romantic and radical, Christine is a musical free spirit who blurs the lines to create her own unique style that is streetwise and eclectic. In 2008 she was named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards.

"Tobin's new version of Leonard Cohen's Everybody Knows is stunning. There is a rapport between the players that goes beyond everyday musicianship working on subliminal and emotional levels." The Guardian

"Sexy, gutsy, bluesy and beautiful".  Lionel Schriver

Phil Robson

Based in New York, Phil is one of the most in demand & versatile musicians on the contemporary, international scene today as well as being a highly acclaimed leader & composer.

He currently leads and writes for the “IMS Quintet” featuring great American sax player MarkTurner, “Six Strings and the Beat” and co leads the band “Partisans”. He can also be seen sharing the stage with some of the top names in the music industry including including Barbra Streisand, Georgie Fame, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maceo Parker, Sir John Dankworth & Dame Cleo Laine, Kenny Wheeler, Big John Patton, Steve Lacy and Dave Liebman to name but a few.

Winner of the 'Best Jazz Musician Of The Year' award in the 2009 - 2010 'Parliamentary Jazz Awards'.

"Robson is a top-class soloist, capable of remarkably sophisticated writing.” Evening Standard

Dave Whitford
Hailing from Cornwall Dave discovered a passion for music at secondary school. He moved to London to study music at Middlesex University. On graduating with a first class degree he immersed himself in the London jazz scene establishing himself as one of the most in demand young bass players in the city. Dave has continued forging a reputation for himself on the London scene and as well as regularly performing at the capital's top venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, The 606 and The Jazz Cafe he has worked extensively in many countries worldwide. 
Dave has worked with Steve Lacy, Marc Copland, John Taylor, Bill Frisell, Bobby Wellins, Dave Liebman,  The NDR Big Band, The BBC Big Band, Mike Gibbs, Jack Bruce, Evan Parker, Kirk Lightsey, Ed Thigpen, Billy Hart, Chris Cheek, Josh Roseman, Jim Mullen, Maceo Parker, Rob Garcia, Chris Biscoe, Nick Smart, Jason Rebelo, Phil Robson, Henry Lowther, Gilad Atzmon, Jacqui Dankworth, Byron Wallen, Clare Teal, Steve Argüelles, Julian Siegal, Hans Koller, Joe Lee Wilson, Stan Sulzmann, Eddie Prevost, Anita Wardell, Martin Speake, Gary Kavanagh and Trevor Watkiss
Huw Warren

Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren has achieved an  international reputation for innovative and eclectic music making over a thirty year career. Equally at home crossing the often exclusive worlds of Jazz, World  and Contemporary music, he has a distinctive and personal voice.
He has performed and collaborated with  a wide array of musicians including June Tabor, Mark Feldman, Peter Herbert, Joanna Macgreggor, Iain Ballamy, Kenny Wheeler, Jim Black, Theo Bleckmann , Neil Yates, Lleuwen Steffan,Pamela Thorby, Mose Se Fan Fan, Erik Truffaz and Thomas Strønen .

Awarded the BBC Jazz award for Innovation, and the ACW Creative Wales Award, he has also written for many ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, RSC, LPO Renga ensemble, National Youth Brass Band of Wales, The Orlando Consort, Ensmble Plus, Koch Ensemble and Tango Siempre. 
Currently a senior jazz lecturer/tutor at RWCMD,Cardiff, and Head of Jazz Ensembles at Cardiff University

Adriano Adewale

Adriano was born in Sao Paulo‚ Brazil.

He moved to London in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, which released one album: Cru. Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet which has been performing all over the world.

He has also colaberated with: Jonny Phillips, Seu Jorge, Jonathan Preiss, Seb Rochford, Monica Vasconcelos, Andy Sheppard, Tuti Moreno, Rodolfo Stroeter, Modeste Hughes, Gustavo Marques, Netsayi Chigwendere, Julia Biel, Zoe Rahman, Steve Lodder and Ronu Majumdar.