CJ Shearn

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  1. I feel vindicated

    Exactly this. We are at a point where exposing people getting into jazz to a Bud Powell or Barry Harris album as great as they are, will sound old fashioned. This is from someone who grew up on hard bop. This is why what people like Robert Glasper and Mark Giuliana are doing musically is so important because they draw on source material new listeners relate to. While many here objected to what Grace Kelly is doing, guess what? It exposes more people to the music.
  2. Very interesting! Apart from the religious aspects, it's very interesting how the music could captivate someone from the other side of the world. I think more than ever Japanese artists are expressing their own voice.
  3. Buster Williams - Audacity

    Sampling "Sisko" from "Audacity" on Youtube, killing stuff!
  4. Japanese Blue Note "BNLA Revival" Series

    Definitely right on some worthwhile albums with Elvin.
  5. Japanese Blue Note "BNLA Revival" Series

    I am not a purist either anymore, I didn't mean to imply you were specifically,so sorry for that. That era of Blue Note on this board, the feelings are well known. I read a paper I wrote on jazz history from the 40's to the present when I was in high school when I was a hard bop snob, it was hilarious! Less than a year later, I got into Metheny and the rest is history. Actually the Mizell Brothers stuff has never spoken to me though my friend loves it and my stance has softened over the years on that stuff. "Caliente" is a good album, I am acquaintances with Gato's wife, there are definite moments in the arrangements where things get cheesy, but he definitely FEELS "I Want You" and it rubs off on the listener. The cheesiest part of Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela stuff on "Main Event" are the overdubs and "Besame Mucho", but that's an album I grew up with and still like. The grooves and playing are fantastic and it has me wanting to dig deeper into South African jazz. Mosa Jonas Gwanga is one hell of a player. The dark era of Blue Note, I hide no shame in owning "Blue Note Live At The Roxy", another discovery in childhood, and I get a kick out of listening to it sometimes just for how DATED it is!. More than anything I loved that UA era logo. "Blue Note Meets The LA Philharmonic" is far worse once the Earl Klugh portion hits, but the Hutcherson and McRae stuff is ok. I'd recommend the Ronnie Foster, the CD is now OOP, but discogs has it listed fairly cheap. I like how he has the Moog connected to the Leslie. Really, as I've said here before, thinking historically, we are back in the Blue Note hits a new note era, except the music now seems to be much better. I feel like that's what the label has been under Don Was.
  6. Spin Cycle - Assorted Colors

    I'll check out the clips.Scott Neumann is an excellent drummer and is in bassist Mark Wade's trio where I first heard of him.
  7. Japanese Blue Note "BNLA Revival" Series

    I'm going to push back a little. Maybe for you or I or the majority of this board, they aren't classic, but "Places and Spaces" most certainly is a classic for an entirely different generation. Not a classic for those of us who grew up on hard bop perhaps, but for those who embraced DJ culture and those who love soul, funk, R&B and hip hop it most certainly is classic, so I have to disagree there, honestly. As my tastes have grown further away from purist stuff over the years, I've embraced things 70's Herbie albums I never would have thought like "Sunlight", and albums like the 2 Herb Alpert/Hugh Masekela albums on A&M. So I can't agree with the "no real classics" comment. Yes the majority of those albums from that era of Blue Note are duds, but albums like "Live at Montreux" by Ronnie Foster are pretty good. Why? because he stretches in a way those studio albums don't show.
  8. John "Jabo" Starks, RIP

    Damn. Saw this on Vince Wilburn's FB
  9. J.D. Allen

    I liked his disc "Victory", it reminded me a lot of a Branford trio disc, but a bit leaner if that makes sense, more concise. I really like his playing on "Snuck In" and "Snuck Out" by David Weiss, and "Liberation Blues" by Orrin Evans, and he absolutely killed during a live J@LC stream of Christian McBride's New Jawn, his new quartet. I guess Marcus Strickland is the regular saxophonist but Allen was subbing that week.
  10. Pianist Takeshi Asai

    For anyone in the NYC area, Takeshi is a terrific pianist. I attended a solo concert in March, it was great, and I was honored to be a part of the promo video for his forthcoming album in June. Regardless of my involvement in that, he is a wonderful player and deserves a wider stage.
  11. Hi Res CDs

    That's ridiculous, a "hi res" CD. UHQCD is a load of crap, I have a few. The CTI RVG reissued remasters I picked up while in Tokyo last November sound no different than regular CD b/c as stated above CD is CD. I have a friend who will be going nuts over this I'm sure. He has the Japanese SHM CD of Michael Brecker while I have the original, MCA/Impulse disc from the 80's. He was CONVINCED b/c it was SHM it would sound better, when I told him it's all in the mastering, not the material the disc is pressed on. He sent me the WAV files, I listened to my WAV files ripped from my CD then to his files and guess what? they sounded EXACTLY the same! That SHM used the old existing mastering. Why formats like UHQCD and SHM go over big in Japan is because Japan is a culture that loves limited edition special items, anything that can be made to seem special will. Japan only bonus tracks for example, but that's only there to encourage buying the product domestically in Japan as opposed to importing from overseas.
  12. I may have to get this if you rank it that high.
  13. Miles BB billionth reissue

    Wait, it's exactly the same as the Legacy Edition, except without the Copenhagen DVD. Pass.
  14. The Elvin is intense, Carter Jefferson on tenor, many tunes clock in at 20 to 30 minutes, and Marvin Horne on guitar who apparently lives in NY, and has been woefully under represented on records. His name, Dwayne Armstrong, Fumio Karashima and Andy McCloud were all new names to me. I have to wonder if the Griff/Lock concert was part of a Norman Granz JATP package considering the time frame? Griff had appeared with Basie on Pablo that summer at Montreux and Lockjaw had already been recording for them.
  15. The Hubbard won't do much to change your mind, it's Freddie during the Columbia period really stretching, with a typical set list. "The Love Connection" is superior to the studio version, and that's the only tune that's fairly unusual in the setlist from official live releases. I like the album, some excellent Billy Childs work as well. I do feel the Elvin and Griff/Lockjaw releases are definitely worth having.