CJ Shearn

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About CJ Shearn

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  • Birthday 06/20/1981

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  1. Here Comes Amazon w/the HD DLs/Streaming

    I signed up for the trial too but beware.......... some albums like A New Perspective I expected to be available in the hi res master from a few years back, only "The Black Disciple" is hi res, the rest is the RVG. Albums like Innervisions sound great and seemed very close to the Japanese SACD I heard at my friend's house on his system. And some albums like the new Nicholas Payton are not available in full. So gotta buy that CD eventually
  2. What music did you buy today?

    Just wondering. I gotta get a copy sometime. Good to know, Amazon copies seemed not so cheap last I looked but discogs has quite a few
  3. What music did you buy today?

    Did you get the DeJohnette off discogs?
  4. Here Comes Amazon w/the HD DLs/Streaming

    Not sure I trust that when for example, HDTracks had Herbie's VSOP at 24/96 but it indicated it was upsampled from a 16 bit file.
  5. BN Collectors Edition

    Lon, very true. I was messaging this morning with Jamie Saft, because I had questions about the mastering of his last two recordings. Blue Dream and Hidden Shadows musically are very good, but the mastering is horrendous and brickwalled, Hidden Shadows a bit less so. The latter is in the vein of 70's Impulse! with Dave Liebman and Hamid Drake, but the mastering engineer, primarily has experience with dance and pop music and applies that approach to jazz--which for an acoustic jazz record of recent vintage is unacceptable. For something like Saft's Sunshine Seas that approach would be fine. Jamie was very understanding of my concern surprisingly and said the mastering engineer who did Strength and Power with Roswell Rudd (quite a dynamic, natural recording) is doing the next two albums.
  6. These guys are very interesting. I will be reviewing this one, I have the last one too. I like it when I'm in the mood for crunchy industrial noise.
  7. Poll: Jimmy Smith - Blue Note or Verve?

    Interesting. What was it about the later Blue Note albums? the blues numbers, unusual tune choices like "I'm Movin' On" or "Matilda, Matilda"?
  8. Mulgrew Miller and Kenny Barron Live

    Looks very nice!
  9. Poll: Jimmy Smith - Blue Note or Verve?

    JOS basically did three types of Blue Note records: early trios with a lot of interesting ballad and standard choices, these include the all star trios. The blowing session dates, between '57-60, mellow records, and the quartets
  10. Poll: Jimmy Smith - Blue Note or Verve?

    Blue Note for sure but there are gems, as JSngry alluded to on Verve. The Boss, Bluesmith, I Got My Mojo Workin, Hoochie Coochie Man, Respect, Damn, Angel Eyes, Organ Grinder Swing. The only Blue Notes that don't get it done for me are Bucket and Straight Life.
  11. Clora Bryant, R.I.P.

    Damn. RIP. A MAJOR inspiration for women on the jazz scene today. I think she and Viola Smith are two of the most important women to emerge in jazz at that time, of course Shirley Scott too, all in that span of a few decades. I mentioned Clora in my women in jazz piece for New York Jazz Workshop.
  12. Wadada's solo Monk album is very good, I have the other one released at the same time but haven't cracked it open yet. One of my good friends has known Keir for years, Keir is something else.
  13. Oh Very cool. I use Wordpress for my New York Jazz Workshop and I enjoy the flexibility.
  14. I see what you both mean. I mean valid as in he has an opinion as I do mine, but the few reviews I've seen, not sure what vantage point he's coming from... it's like ok, I KNOW exactly what to expect from say, "Rubber Band" so I'm not gonna hope it's like whatever I think it should be, I try to look at what I review for what's there in the music, not what I think should be there.