Few songs are as prolific as Leonard Cohen’s 1982 song “Hallelujah”. Everyone from John Cale to k.d. lang has performed one version or another of the classic song. But two performances stick out most: Jeff Buckley’s rendition in 1994 (from his first, last, and only album, as he would die tragically five years later), a very sorrowful, plaintive version; echoed perfectly by Oregon trumpeter Chris Botti on his 2002 Christmas album, December.
Botti’s one of those rare sorts where the sound coming out of his trumpet is clean and perfect, as seen in this performance at Symphony Hall in Boston. It’s sad, it’s calming, it’s all sorts of emotions. Let’s take a listen at Chris Botti’s tribute to Leonard Cohen and Jeff B