Adult Contemporary

David Clayton-Thomas’s outspoken new album formed by a busy lifetime of experiences

Nick Krewen Special to the Star At  78, Blood, Sweat and Tears’ most recognizable voice – Toronto resident David Clayton-Thomas – is still fighting for justice on his acclaimed new solo album, Say Somethin’. “Burwash,” the opening salvo of the two-time Grammy winner and Canadian Music Hall Of Fame member’s latest effort, describes his lengthy incarceration at Burwash Correctional Centre in Killarney, Ontario when he was 16 for what he…

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Norah Jones musically solid but lacking in charisma

The Grammy Winner got in 12 songs from her new album Little Broken Hearts but seemed most at home playing country standards.   Norah Jones performs at Massey Hall in Toronto on Friday evening.   Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Sat Jul 07 2012 Ever since she exploded onto the mainstream pop scene with her jazzy multiple Grammy-winning album Come Away With Me, Norah Jones has been…


Adam Cohen mans up with new album

Entertainment / Music Leonard’s lad, at age 39, reckons he has finally done right by his legacy. Adam Cohen, son of Leonard, says he has been arrogant and naive. Nick Krewen  Special to the Star,  Published on Fri Jan 06 2012 Adam Cohen is a humbled man. At 39, with three underperforming albums behind him, the Montreal-born son of poet and songwriting icon Leonard Cohen has finally come to terms with his…


Pink Martini tries substitute ingredients

Pink Martini tries substitute ingredients | Toronto Star Absent singer spurs eclectic Blackcreek performers to shake up lineup.   Pink Martini is still led by Thomas Lauderdale, centre blond, but singer China Forbes won’t be here. Nick Krewen Special To The Star,  Published on Tue Jul 19 2011 First of all, let’s get the disappointment out of the way, Pink Martini fans. When Portland, Oregon’s eclectic 13-piece “little orchestra” headlines…


Versatile Groban keeps the ACC audience guessing

Entertainment / Music With a big voice, and a big venue, Josh Groban did his best to make those intimate connections with fans. Nick Krewen Special to The Star, Published on Mon Jul 18 2011 Josh Groban is all about breaking down barriers. Returning Monday night with a considerably different show than his extremely intimate “Before We Begin” two-accompanist affair, which stopped off at the Queen Elizabeth Centre earlier this year, Groban…