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Sonic Gems: Queen – A Night At the Opera

A Night At the Opera is the fourth studio album by British rockers, Queen.  The album incorporates ballads, music hall, hard rock and progressive hard rock influences.  It probably best known for Bohemian Rhapsody.  But that’s a song that will be … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems – Arvo Part – Tabula Rasa

Born on September 11, 1935, Estonian composer Arvo Part is world renown for his classical and religious music.  His music is partly inspired by Gregorian chant and he has performed as a musical minimalist since the late 1970s.  He is … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band – Off the Record

Joseph Nathan Oliver, better known as King Oliver, was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader.  A notable composer, his compositions included Dippermouth Blues, Sweet Like This, Canal Street Blues and Doctor Jazz.  As his student, Louis Armstrong has said, if it was not … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems – Willie Nelson – Stardust

Willie Hugh Nelson was born April 29, 1933.  Since then he has been a musician as a singer-songwriter, poet, author, actor and activist.  His success with the albums Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger  (1975) and Stardust (1978) have made Willie Nelson well recognized in … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Illmatic – Nas

An aspect of  the Sonic Gems series is that it features music and/or musicians who have made a lasting impact on music.  That does not necessarily mean that I like what I’m hearing.  Seven minutes into this CD, I wanted … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: The Mahavishnu Orchestra With John McLaughlin – The Inner Mounting Flame

The limitless six string and compositional capabilities of John McLaughlin were the driving force behind the first album by the jazz-rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra’s first album in August of 1971.  With a sonic whiplash inducing cross sections of fused … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Led Zeppelin II

Love them or hate them, there is a lot to be said about Led Zeppelin.  That’s true of almost all contemporary rockers and particularly true for me.  Okay, so they were in part musical thieves.  Yes, I’ve seen that evidence.  … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Ghazal: Lost Songs of the Silk Road

The Silk Road was an extended matrix of overland trade routes across Eurasia which linked multiple nations including India and Persia/Iran.  As these nations brushed against one another, sometimes their cultures and music would form a confluence that was and … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Night and Day – Joe Jackson

David Ian Jackson was born on August 11, 1954.  He grew up to become an English musician and singer/songwriter… and ohh to resemble Joe Cool aka Snoopy.  On recognizing this in the midst of his early musical career, he picked … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Ile Aiye – Canto Negro

Founded in 1974, the Afro-Brazilian group, Ile Aiye was founded by Antonio Carlos and Apolonio de Jesus in Bahia to raise the consciousness of their local community.  Ile Aiyes literally means home life in Yoruba but may also be thought … Continue reading

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