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Bruce Springsteen

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For nearly four decades Bruce Springsteen has been a rock & roll working- class hero: a plainspoken visionary. He is a fervent and sincere romantic whose insights into everyday lives especially in America's small-town, working-class heartland ” have earned comparisons to John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie. His belief in rock's mythic past and its potential revitalized pop music and made Springsteen a superstar in the '80s. Since then, he has remained true to his artistic calling and shown himself, in carefully selected interviews, to be among the most thoughtful and articulate artists in rock. Springsteen, of Irish-Italian ancestry, grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, the son of a bus driver and a secretary

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Boss-A-Nova: Springsteen Plays Jazz

Label: April First Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Nascido Para Correr; Dias de Glória; Dançando no Escuro; Coração Faminto; Estrada Trovão; Cego pela luz; Espírito na noite; Louie Louie.

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

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Article: Album Review

Bruce Springsteen: Boss-A-Nova: Springsteen Plays Jazz

Read "Boss-A-Nova: Springsteen Plays Jazz" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Bruce Springsteen is nothing short of a rock legend, but his talent isn't limited solely to “three chords and the truth." During his career, Springsteen has managed to break away and explore different styles. Take, for example, his 1982 album, Nebraska (Columbia), which was something of a departure into the folk music world. Although he continued ...

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Article: Book Review

What, and Give Up Showbiz?

Read "What, and Give Up Showbiz?" reviewed by Doug Hall


What, and Give Up Showbiz: Six Decades in the Music Business Fred Taylor (with Richard Vacca) 276 Pages 978-1493051847 Backbeat Books 2020 In his upcoming biography (December, 2020), What, and Give Up Showbiz?: Six Decades in the Music Business, jny: Boston's late legendary and iconic music impresario Fred ...

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Article: Album Review

Graham Parker: The Up Escalator - 40th Anniversary Edition

Read "The Up Escalator - 40th Anniversary Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


It might well be an exercise in futility to find a more potent transitional album than Graham Parker's The Up Escalator. At least that's what The 40th Anniversary Edition suggests, and in no uncertain terms. Why else open the album with a track of deserved braggadocio titled “No Holding Back" or close it with that sentiment ...

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Article: Interview

Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Read "Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his ...

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Article: Film Review

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?

Read "Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?" reviewed by Gareth Thompson


Clarence Clemons Who Do I Think I Am? MVD/Virgil Films 2019 Everyone probably has their favourite Clarence Clemons saxophone solo. Take that fiery blast at the close of Bruce Springsteen's “Thunder Road," for example, where Clemons blows a divine howl like some avenging angel. Clemons's life is documented in this ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill Frisell: Harmony

Read "Harmony" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


"Perché no? Non c'è motivo per cui non puoi inserire “Lush Life" e il tradizionale “Red River Valley" nello stesso album. Sono entrambe bellissime canzoni ." Il criterio di Bill Frisell nella costruzione di questo lavoro è espresso con parole semplici, che rimandano alla schiettezza delle intenzioni. Il quartetto coinvolto, di natura cameristica, fu presentato per ...

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Article: Film Review

Clarence Clemons: Who Do I think I am?

Read "Clarence Clemons: Who Do I think I am?" reviewed by Doug Collette


Clarence Clemons Who Do I Think I Am? MVD/Virgil Films 2019 It's difficult if not impossible to become enraptured watching the late Clarence Clemons' biopic/documentary Who Do I Think I Am? . But as with an autobiography Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales (Grand Central Publishing, 2009), that delivered ...


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