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On Stage at JALC: Paul Jost

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Among Jost's more inventive (and ambitious) undertakings is his solo project, Born to Run Reimagined,a reworking of Bruce Springsteen's breakaway hit album, Born to Run. In his jazz version, Jost keeps the identifiable musical bits from the original—no having to guess what the tune is—but his focus is on the poetry of Springsteen's lyrics. "As an arranger, I want to have the freedom...to interpret things the way that I want, but I want to honor the music, too," Jost says. "Normally I would just take a song and sing it a cappella and listen to what the words are trying to touch in me...and that starts to paint a picture. That's what happened with the Springsteen music. He's a wonderful lyricist."

Like Springsteen, Jost has a natural rapport with an audience that at times seems more important than his considerable musical gifts. Perhaps it's his confidence with a tune, no matter whether he's playing or singing. Perhaps it's his ability to take much-beloved songs of almost any generation and make them sound new. Or perhaps it's the vulnerability that he brings not just to his performance but to his patter. "I want to connect—that's the main thing," he says. "I want to strike that chord that touches all of us."

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