CJ Shearn

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  1. That's really great! But my thought is, like jazz is, hip hop is such a folk art, and over the past several years hip hop has entered institutions, but doesn't that risk making schisms like jazz has in academia by institutionalizing it to present the history? medjuck, Hip Hop Evolution is a decent watch on Netflix, as is a documentary about the sampling of "Apache" by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band as is Tupac's "All Eyez On Me" which is a documentary interview collection. I am no hip hop expert, but mainstream stuff now is even less interesting than what was mainstream in the 90's, "Bodak Yellow" for instance by Cardi B, awful stuff.
  2. Billy Lester Trio: Italy 2016

    I know there are a few here interested in Lester's work, as part of those who are proponents of the Tristano school. The album features an Italian trio and is due out on November 3rd. This was my first time hearing Lester, and am sort of researching the Tristano language, the rhythm section seems to be emulating what the Tristano rhythm sections did, kind of keeping time without heavy ornamentation. The most interesting track for me is a ballad "Julia" after his daughter which sounds to like a contrafact on "Body and Soul".
  3. Leonard did write liners for a few CTI albums IIRC, definitely "The California Concert", and at the beginning of "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl" he dryly remarks "if jazz was dead, this was the biggest funeral I ever saw". So, he must have had some taste for what was going on in the 70's. Though it does seem in the liners to (I think) Stan Getz' "The Dolphin" on Concord, he seemed to delight in the fact Getz was returning to a purely acoustic quartet mainly playing standards, versus what he did at Columbia, making odd mention at the beginning that Stan at Concord was making real music, and had artistic control. Feather and Ira Gitler's notes on LP's have had a huge impact on me on how I write about jazz, if not necessarily agreeing with their viewpoints on acoustic vs electric and vice versa.
  4. What would you ask Herbie Hancock?

    Would he consider even though he loves the Korg Kronos, using any of the analog synths again or at the very least the software recreations that companies like Arturia made?
  5. Grady Tate Has Died

    What a sad loss. One of my fav drummers ever, the way he could swing a quarter note, and also be all in the music but be totally sensitive was unreal.
  6. Even though I need the last 4 studio recordings, I will most likely pass b/c I have the 1971-75 and 1976-82, and Legendary Live Tapes boxes. I used to have Live And Unreleased which is great, but half of it is on the individual albums as bonus tracks on the '76-82 Columbia Album Collection set. Will this set be brand new mastering wise or use the DSD masters from 2007 or earlier? Also the bonus tracks that appear for the first time on those Columbia Album Collection sets, will they be included? If it's anything like the massive Herbie Columbia set it may be worth getting but IDK. Where are unreleased live recordings of the Vitous-Mouzon edition? That'd make the set worth it.
  7. Woody Shaw/Louis Hayes The Tour Volume 1

    I gotta pick both volumes up. When I approached Woody Shaw III with the idea of doing a podcast when the first volume hit, he wasn't that keen on the idea.
  8. Ambrose Akinmusire

    I have all his Blue Note releases and am a fan of him as well, the new album is VERY dark, it's a territory I also associate with Christian Scott, it's music that has a social relevance. I gotta listen to "Rift' again, but I just ordered the Blue Note All Stars "Our Point of View" based on the strength of "Second Light" and "Masquelero". Though "View" seems a bit short to be a double CD but I guess with it being a double LP as well, they want to mimic the double album thing I guess.
  9. Jarrett and applause

    Only time the applause really bothered me was on "The Carnegie Hall Concert", otherwise it seems like they want to capture the feel of being there.
  10. http://bit.ly/2x1YCBF
  11. Ok, I'll bite. Jimmy Smith: Sit On It. This album just sucks. I don't think it was bad for JOS to try synths, but he sounds so anonymous on them, and Herbie Hancock and Lenny White do nothing to raise the album even though they are on it. Some of that LA slickness didn't quite work for Jimmy. It's not good funk even. None of his Mercury albums are worth having for me except "It's Necessary". It's a classic in jazz-funk circles, but I wonder how many of those people know his groundbreaking work? Pat Metheny: A Map Of The World. I don't hate this album, the main theme is one of the most gorgeous he's ever written, but there's not enough thematic variation. This is where I think "The Falcon And The Snowman". Again, I donn't hate itt, it's just one I listened to less, Pat's output has a consistency across all of it, and this does too, but as far as the soundtrack work goes it's the weakest as a whole album. Joe Henderson: Black Miracle. Out of all the sessions in the Milestone box that are remarkably consistent, this one isn't as bad as people make it out to be, but not Joe's best. To me it's like an attempt to get Joe into the emerging GRP/LA sound (when they were an Arista subsidiary) and it sounds as if hee just came into overdub his parts and solos over the classic LA rhythm section. Herbie Hancock: Feets Don't Fail Me Now. I don't think ANY words need to be said about this, "Sunlight" is great, but this? Easily the worst Columbia album he made, even the Laswell trilogy has redeeming qualities as long as you get your ears towards that kind of music. Ron Carter Meets Bach: YUCK............. Billy Cobham: Power Play. This one isn't even close to his best Atlantic work and an effort that pushes him into typical GRP blandness. This one accidentally (yes, really) came into my possession in a box of CD's accidentally taken from my father's house that belonged to my deceased uncle Kevin who liked jazz. While he did like good jazz, he had an awful lot of smooth jazz in his collection (maybe cause he liked R&B too) and a sizable amount of GRP (maybe b/c he was semi audiophile) so I gave this one to a friend who loves collecting GRP albums and even he thought it sucked. Chick Corea: Light Years. While there are a few good tunes on the album, and I know the Elektric Band is NOT popular here, this album comes the closest to fitting into the typical GRP mold. Flamingo is kitschy as hell like a mid 80's porn soundtrack, and I love that track b/c it's so kitschy, but "Eye Of The Beholder" and "Live In Tokyo 1987" are much better EB albums
  12. I might do a part 2 targeting a video I forgot about, "Sequencer" by Al Dimeola, which sort of is a Fairlight demo song, the YT comments are hilarious, people love it. Horrible, only thing cool is about is Al Leong. Then there were two post "Rockit"" Herbie vids that are pretty bad, one where he's a Metro North conductor, it's for one of the "Perfect Machine" singles, I think. I ended up editing parts of the article, got it out there fast. Miles videos sucked too, "Doo Bop" was '93 I think? Vince Wilburn posted on FB that a Kool Mo Bee sequel to Doo Bop is coming. It was great that Miles was into that thing at the end of his life, but not all of that works. I think Miles would have sounded better doing the early drum n bass thing out of England, the things that Erik Truffaz was doing, later in the 90's. The interesting thing about the Stanley Jordan video was that it contains a different solo from the album version, which DiMeola produced that album IIRC. What else sucked? Branford and Buckshot LeFonque's vid for "Breakfast At Denny's" whih visually tried to make a social statement, and I think those albums are some of the more interesting early jazz-hip hop concoctions. That didn't really go mainstream IMO until "Black Radio", where you had popular rappers like Snoop and Common guesting as opposed to just underground cats. I remember having a cop of Steve Coleman's "A Tale of Three Cities" when it came out, as a 13 year old those rhythmic concepts didn't make sense yet, and I was a total hard bop, straight ahead snob at that point. Jim, what is that Roberts vid?
  13. Funny article I wrote yesterday http://bit.ly/2f4B7op