With its extended, Keith Jarrett-meets-Leon Russell-inspired piano solo, “The Way It Is” was quite a departure from the pop hits that permeated the airwaves of the day. It also went to Number One on the charts. He continues to break boundaries even today, sneaking influences of contemporary classical composers like Arnold Shoenberg and Elliott Carter into his music. Let’s explore some of Bruce’s signature musical traits. For continued study, I encourage you to dig deeper into Bruce’s vast recorded catalog.