CJ Shearn

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  1. June Listening

    Kenny Dorham Round Midnight at the Cafe Bohemia: disc 2 John Coltrane: A Love Supreme Deluxe Edition; disc 2 (live version) Art Blakey: At the Cafe Bohemia Vols 1&2 Pat Metheny Group: White Album (their first) Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius Anna Maria Jopek with Pat Metheny and Friends: Upojenie Lee Morgan Live @ The Lighthouse: disc 1 CTI All Stars: CTI Summer Jazz At the Hollywood Bowl Hank Mobley: Hank Mobley and His All Stars (disc 2 of the Mosaic) Johnny Griffin: A Blowin Session Miles Davis: Jazz At the Plaza Miles Davis: Cookin' Jimmy Smith: Back At the Chicken Shack Art Blakey: A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2 Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 Lyle Mays: Lyle Mays Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now Pat Metheny Trio: Trio Live
  2. Chick Corea - "Rendezvous In New York"

    I bought this Saturday. I think it's an excellent album so far. The duet with Burton, the Akoustic Band and New Trio cuts are particularly impressive. I think the Akoustic Band cuts show that Dave Weckl has some feeling now, not the supposed all "chops" I've heard about. The regular CD mix sounds good too. Can't hear the SACD layer unfortunately.
  3. dynamic range on ECM recordings

    while listening to Whisper Not, Always Let Me Go and Inside Out in my dorm, I've noticed that the sound quality and dynamic range seem to be more expansive than most other CD's I have. when a part is loud it sounds loud as in uncompressed, ditto for soft playing. Are ECM CD's recorded with less compression? I seem to remember hearing something similar on the Pat Metheny Group site in the forums in regard to those recordings on CD.
  4. Best video game system?

    Back during the days of the original PSX there was a great and bizarre tank game "Assault Rigs" which featured a sample of the guitar riff in "Hang up Your Hang Ups". Then for a Street Fighter 2 soundtrack, there was a blatantly PMG-ish arrangement of her theme. if anybody wants that, email me.
  5. Best video game system?

    JoeG, wouldn't it be cool, if Pat Metheny scored an RPG? some of his stuff like "Cathedral in a Suitcase" definitely can pass for such.
  6. Best video game system?

    B3er, what do you think about the bad organ sounds used in some games?
  7. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse

    Jack sat in on other versions of "Absolutions" and "Something Like This" from other sets from the three evenings which weren't released.
  8. Best video game system?

    true, DC was the number 1 2D system when it was around, outside of Capcom fighters it never had games I wanted to play like Knockout Kings so I didn't get it.... but they did have the UFC game, of which it's developer Anchor improved the formula with Pride FC, great game which got me to explore the real Pride organization.
  9. Best video game system?

    the VRAM argument was used by Dreamcast fanboys/girls when the PS 2 was released that it would not be able to handle 2D games b/c the original PSX only had 2 MB's of VRAM so it produced horrible ports of Capcom fighters like X-men vs. Street Fighter (the tag team feature was nonexistent) The PS 2 has shown itself to handle 2D well as it produced arcade perfect ports of Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and the stunning graphics of Guilty Gear X. The Xbox seems to me a technical showcase but then again nothing like first person shooters appeals to me really. The Xbox does have the Dead or Alive series though which is pretty cool.
  10. Best video game system?

    yes, PS 2 has the best bang for the buck gamewise. Xbox seems to be content with license stealing and comp games on a console... Gamecube, well they did a huge thing wrong by not including a DVD player which was originally in the cards. Online gaming is a cool idea which is what Xbox has... but I see some issues: connection speeds and skill level of players. Since I play fighting games, tho never at arcades and mostly at school against friends or home by myself, let me address this point. Hardcore Street Fighter (I'm of the SF generation even tho I play for fun) and Tekken players are elated of challenging the best via o/l play, but they are really a small minority, compared to the masseswho don't "learn" the mechanics as tightly as they do and they'll end up with the same situations as in arcades, domination of less skilled players. The best should play the best, and the "scrub" players shouldplay other scrubs so that the skill level stays even. Nice to know there are mature gamers+jazz lovers also here let the game discussion continue.. what are current games your playing? mine are Pride FC and Marvel vs. Capcom 2
  11. Best video game system?

    it depends on what kind of games your cousin likes really. You have three choices: PS 2, X box and Gamecube. I have a PS 2 which I bought for the DVD player to start my anime DVD collection but since I have a real DVD player now, I use it as a game system. A game I've been playing recently is the Pride Fighting Championships, it's based on a mixed martial arts event in Japan (superior to UFC.... they have every Pride on DVD up to 18, check out 10, 13, and 17) and it's a great game.... every fighter, including the legendary Royce Gracie has a different style and you really have to play with strategy as the game can go from stand up, to ground to submission really quick if you aren't careful, excellent game. PS 2 also has the benefit of top Square RPG's like Final Fantasy X, the Tekken series, GTA, WWE games...... and note... if any of you wonder what happened to Sega, they now develop games for all the platforms. Also do thorough research on games before you buy.... some of the best places for opinions include http://ps2.ign.com, www.gamerankings.com and www.gamefaqs.com There is always www.videogames.com but if you want expansive content they've turned into a pay site.
  12. New Rare Grooves

    I never enjoyed the Mizell Bros. production style, the vocals are just too cheeesy, I wonder what became of them? I think they used to work with the Jackson Five and other Motown artists before the massive quantities of Byrd shit
  13. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse

    I agree about Maupin as the most impressive soloist. Mabern I think is solid but not spectacular. His best solos for me come on "Peyote", "416 East 10th Street" and "The Sidewinder", on disc 3 for this rendition everyone is inspired. Maupin gets the crowd going with a long segment of trilling, and Morgan gets loose. Any more thoughts before this expires as AotW?. I haven't been keeping up on the future recommendations thread, but I nominate Joe G. for Pat Metheny's "Speaking of Now" since it was a subject on a thread about his upcoming disc. Overall Live At the Lighthouse is a satisfying listen and a chance to hear Lee Morgan stretching himself, wondering "what if?" had he lived.
  14. Kenny Burrell's "Phinupi"

    with the talk we did earlier on in my jazz in American music class this semester about rhythm changes (not the chords themselves just recognizing the sound of the progression) is this tune based on it? I've been able to spot rhythm changes a lot more often now. wow, I haven't listened to this for a long time, Louis Smith is a killer.
  15. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse

    thanks Cali, that's right. Merritt did write "Nommo". Anyway, after finishing disc 2 tonight (will hit disc 3, the final disc tomm) It seems to me that rather than Morgan being completely off and uncomfortable on this material, he takes a different approach on "Nommo" as does Mabern. Whereas Bennie's solo takes the tune into another place, I see Lee and Harold reconnecting it with it's bluesy roots. Although as I said in another post, Lee's cadenza portion seems a bit odd. "Neophilia" is a great tune, Maupin's bass clarinet work is astounding, bursting with feeling and rocketing into higher registers in later choruses, the darkness of the reed instrument reminds me of the tones he'd get on "Vein Melter" with Herbie. Lee sounds comfortable on this tune, the rhythm section, particular Roker add some tasty commentary. Freddie Hubbard's influence shows up here in Lee, especially with his rapid trilling, so there was definitely development since the late 50's, early 60's. "Something Like This" is a cool little latin tune, does anyone know the form? I was thinking it was ABC or AB something the theme is unsually long. And the "Frere Jacque" to open "I Remember Britt" is pretty funny. Lee sounds very regal in the intro. Overall from thre first 2 discs thus far, I think disc 1 gets the edge chops wise for Lee being able to execute ideas in a cleaner fashion but like one poster said earlier his playing is less lick oriented and you can hear him searching and stretching himself even if the ideas don't always come out in the best way. There have been some comparisons here between this and Miles' Plugged Nickel (which I haven't heard but plan to get sometime soon) and while this set doesn't have the players or the innovations that positioned it in jazz history I think it shows two quintets, both trumpet led, with fine players developing and exploring material on the spot with exciting results. Both feature trumpeters in recovery from chops problems and tenor sax players who are eager at every opportunity to rip up whatever is put in their way. This is in some ways Lee Morgan's Plugged Nickel.
  16. One Quiet Night

    MoTW is a good soundtrack. There are some excellent themes, the title track is gorgeous too. However I don't pop it in all that much..... I'm at home right now and I left it at my dorm... As far as soundtracks, I had ordered the Falcon and The Snowman soundtrack but decided I wasn't in the mood to hear it right now and I cancelled it in favor of Keith Jarrett's Tokyo '96..... but..... Secret Story is IMO the top example of a wide ranging soundtrack ish Metheny score. Great writing for strings, great Synclavier use, perfectly organic sounds. I dig those blowing changes at the end of "Finding and Believing". Hey, how is the sonic quality of the Still Life vinyl compared to the CD? Pat got the rights back for the Geffen stuff or he will soon, and this may be one of the titles that would benefit from a sonic upgrade. The recording is excellent but the CD mastering shows it's age, ditto Letter From Home. Hopefully a remaster of LFH would correct the jarring levels of "Beat 70" and "Slip Away" as compared to the other tracks.
  17. Kenny Burrell's "Phinupi"

    thanks Parkertown. I'm glad my very basic explanation was helpful.
  18. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse

    interesting thought that Morgan seems lost on "Nommo". When he has that cadenza towards the end his solo, whereas Maupin took it out, Lee's bluesy ideas a la the classic "Tunisia" turn don't really fit. Anyone else thinthat if Jack DeJohnette sat in on more tracks the music probably would get considerably more out? cuz I mean that "Speedball" take goes into to me, unusual territory for Lee.
  19. Kenny Burrell's "Phinupi"

    well, Parkertown, how to hear rhythm changes? heres the best way a non muso but critical listener like me can explain: first, count the number of bars in the tune. each head or "A" section of a rhythm changes tune has 8 bars. The "B" section or bridge is another 8 bars, and there is commonly no written melodyt, mainly an improv. then you head back to the "A". On "Phinupi" you'll notice Duke Jordan improvises on the "B" section, so it is what's an AABA 32 bar tune. Another example is "Oleo". Also, keep the melody "I Got Rhythm" in mind, it can help you hear the form of the tune. Also learned a simpler way of hearing blues changes.. the standard blues progression is I-IV-I-V-I. what that means is the root of the chord is "I" which lasts for four beats, then the chord shifts to the "IV" position, four steps away from the "I". the "IV" chord moves back to the "I" chord, the "I" to the "V", then back to the "I". Newk's "Blue Seven" is an example of a blues progression which is ambiguous b/c it isn't clear where the bass line that opens it up is moving sometimes and also the bizarre Monkish theme which propels it, picking notes that seem quite unrelated and making a very logical thematic statement...... well, that's how my professor analyzes it anyway. Some of the theory stuff to me is like "huh" but once I heard examples these things suddenly made sense.
  20. dynamic range on ECM recordings

    ok maybe I will repost this topic in Audio talk.
  21. while listening to Whisper Not, Always Let Me Go and Inside Out in my dorm, I've noticed that the sound quality and dynamic range seem to be more expansive than most other CD's I have. when a part is loud it sounds loud as in uncompressed, ditto for soft playing. Are ECM CD's recorded with less compression? I seem to remember hearing something similar on the Pat Metheny Group site in the forums in regard to those recordings on CD.
  22. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse

    have some work to do so I'll listen to the set more around the last 3 of 4 days it's AotW, but here are some thoughts so far on the music from listening to the set initially a few weeks ago. Bennie Maupin is one of the things that makes this set, his solos are consistently interesting and take the music into very risky, free territory, he is also an excellent composer as "Peyote", "Something Like This" and "Nommo" demonstrate. Jack DeJohnette's inclinations towards free playing take Bennie's solo on "Speedball" and the tune itself to new places Jack's ability to play around with the time, and other things make it a great performance. Also on this set, even though the music sounds in a different direction than most of what was going on in the 70's, tunes like "The Beehive" almost predate to me the kind of things young lions would do in the 80's. The music is also under the influence of Miles' 60's quintet, especially how the soloists (Maupin on "Absolutions") relate back the melody of the tunes in their solos. Also, the latin tunes on the set seem to be a hint that Lee may have wanted to pursue that direction had he lived.
  23. Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse

    Since we discussed it in another thread, I nominate Joe G. and the PMG's "Speaking of Now" as the album for next week.
  24. well, for my first KJ purchase I was daring and bought "Inside Out", I love it. Been contemplating between "Always Let Me Go" which continues the free improv in the trio vein, and getting my own copy of "Whisper Not"? give me some suggestions folks.
  25. Keith Jarrett: "Always Let Me Go"?

    thanks GD. I already ordered "Always Let Me Go", that thing they got into on "Inside Out" was fascinating to me. Any news on whether "Up For It" is a double album or single disc?