This Guy Died This Year: Clarence Clemons, Big SidemanJack Dickey12/30/11 5:19pmFiled to: 2011 In reviewClarence ClemonsBruce SpringsteenMusicTributetweetNewsYear in Reviewthe year that was5EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWhen Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died this year at 69 after a stroke, a lot of the remembrances, including Hickey's in this very webspace, cued up his solo in "Jungleland." "Jungleland" is a great song, one of Bruce's best, filled with lyrical drama and exceptional piano work on an album already filled with exceptional piano work. But Christ is that solo insipid. That solo is what gives people the wrong idea about Springsteen. It's a stagy dirge in a song otherwise filled with life, and an unrepresentative way to remember the Big Man.