CJ Shearn

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  1. Further thoughts on the Resonance Bill Evans titles

    Personally, I like the more intense he got as the Turn Out The Stars box set shows. That's because I like really aggressive playing which has always been my taste since I was a kid, hence latching to Jimmy Smith early on, Blakey, more recently, Hiromi... etc. That said I also love more reflective playing too.
  2. Me too. Not a ton of scratching on my end but as often happens with these mini LP packages the corner tore slightly when I removed the disc. I keep the inner CD sleeve just sticking out slightly so I can pull the disc slightly.
  3. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Is there any chance knowing from all of you with past experience on back ordered sets it could arrive sooner than 6-8 weeks? I haven't bought a Mosaic in over a decade. Is it possible the transfers could be Bernie Grundman? When I played some of the Brownie Speaks box to hear on my Focals the transfers sounded very very bright to me. but that's also before I got my Schiit Modius DAC which does a great job of enhancing the sound stage and separation and mellowing things out
  4. Thank you David! Amended my review to reflect this information, and since I just received my copy, I see it was mastered by BG. Thanks. I think I put it out too fast in order to get it out while the iron is hot. I made several edits to tighten things up. More than the ampersand, shouldn't the BN logo have been red or yellow to match the color scheme?
  5. Thanks Dan, edited review to reflect the info. I'm not sure that I missed that Lee is the star of the show, both of them sounded pretty good IMO, we all catch different things and I think that's beauty of it
  6. All the accompanying promo material I received only specified Kevin Gray doing the vinyl version. It is more than likely Ian Sefchick mastered the digital versions, it's just that to me, the sonic signature which is relatively matter of fact as I said, reminded me of McMaster more than anything else. Last Ron McMaster Blue Note I heard was Evolution by Lonnie Smith. I won't have the CD mastering credit handy until my copy ships from Amazon and I'll amend the review
  7. Thanks. I fixed a few things. I figure hey, since I'm a Blakey fanatic as many of us are here, I'd go in depth with it from the point of a serious Blakey fan. There's enough basic information there that if some friends of mine who are casually interested in jazz, they can go further. As for Eric's query, I'm not sure? Because I first heard about the session here years ago and how folks said it was mediocre, I wasn't that anxious to hear it. Around the third listen this one clicked for me. A session like say Jimmy Smith's Straight Life I'd say (and I spun it again after a long while few weeks back, it's not bad for what it is) it's pretty clear why it was shelved in favor of Plays Fats Waller, the trio is going through the motions a bit more than say Crazy! Baby.
  8. "Last Albums" or appearances you can recommend

    That is a great set! Listening on my Focals is a joy. I never heard the 2 CD set either.
  9. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    Well, I just ordered mine, so hoping for the best!
  10. I'll be reviewing from my promo files but I ordered a physical CD, and upon further listens while the album isn't earth shaking, it's just fun, solid swinging Messengers, warts and all.
  11. I see your point... personally I don't do vinyl, it really isn't practically for me handling wise but I can see what you mean. Wouldn't it better as you said earlier for the OP to just find a higher graded copy of the original ish copy? That's what I'd do
  12. It may not be faulty memory, Kevin if there's a seller with an amazing memory for pressing details, or when t like if the seller is on the ASD, but that would be very rare though so your point makes sense.
  13. Scofield/Swallow/Stewart - Swallow Tales

    I like it a lot. One of the best I've heard from him and this year.
  14. eBay customer service

    I'm waiting on a disc from Germany, I corresponded with the seller who has a 100% seller rating and the lockdowns are preventing shipping of discs from Germany to the US. Strange, because I received a disc from Taiwan. So he asked I be patient.
  15. Two weeks ago I was able to finally upgrade my awful Technics SB-A36 speakers and buy a brand new open box pair of Focal Chorus 716 floor standing speakers, for $800 a pair and I love them. Excellent midrange, excellent imaging, and the bass doesn't seem too overwhelming, actually it's dependent on the . Finally achieving my dream of entering hi-fi. Currently I'm running them with a Yamaha RS 202 stereo receiver which is 100w per channel, it replaced my 12 year old dead Onkyo last summer. The speakers go from 40-200w I believe. I think I'd definitely get more from the Focals with an integrated amp, and I have a budget that I'd eventually like to spend no more than $500 on one-- any suggestions? I've looked at the PS Audio Sprout which is $100 out of my price range, the Denon PM NE600 and Emotiva TA-100, the latter two were reccomended by Steve Guttenberg the Audiophiliac
  16. Ideas for Integrated amp to pair with Focal speakers?

    I have to be honest too, my apartment is a 750 sq foot1 bedroom, and space wise, and all the power associated as you mentioned before with a IA would probably be a bit much. The positive is my walls are pretty thick so the neighbors don't hear much. Even my neighbors next door who blast all sorts of traditional Mexican music and Mexican pop the sound doesn't travel far. For me the sound is fine. I will at least upgrade my laptop DAC to a Schiit, the DAC in my HP Pavilion sucks.
  17. Ideas for Integrated amp to pair with Focal speakers?

    Good point... it's more my friend claiming an integrated is better but I have to doubt it because we all have different tastes. Based on the advice here, I think I don't really need an upgrade at the moment, not so soon. For me, when I'm happy with something I stick with those things a long time, and I'd always rather put more money into music than equipment, but this speaker upgrade was absolutely necessary.
  18. Ideas for Integrated amp to pair with Focal speakers?

    The 716's are discontinued so that's how I got such a great deal on eBay thru WorldWideStereo. The Chorus line (no pun intended) is replaced by the Chora and from what I can see there's not much difference other than improved cone technology, which is probably a buzzword more than anything.
  19. Ideas for Integrated amp to pair with Focal speakers?

    Interesting. A friend of mine who is about 2 years into the hi fi thing said I'd need an integrated amp. He does have a bias against name brand stuff vs custom built stuff i.e. PS Audio, but it would save me money to not swap this out, no tinnitus yet thankfully lol, but I am enjoying the speakers. I generally have the vol at 55-65 anything else is uncomfortable.
  20. Wayne Shorter

    Man... this sucks
  21. Support for Jimmy Cobb

    RIP Mr. Cobb, thank you for that unyielding cymbal beat
  22. Help Me Understand the Art Blakey Drum Albums

    I love these albums, I'm a drum nut though. Blakey said he never liked these discs much, but I've dug the ritual like aspect of them and the modal vamps to frame drum solos. Is an album like Drums of Passion more authentic? Maybe so, but the Blakey drum albums were my first exposure to that type of thing.
  23. RIP Lucky Peterson

    Damn... that sucks. He was so talented on organ, vocals and keys and did a Jimmy Smith tribute recently
  24. Miles Davis - Complete Sessions available again

    I hear you Lon, me too. Streaming for me serves as a way to test things I wanna buy. Amazon HD Music outside of hi res and more recent CD offerings is full of upconverted poorly encoded MP3's and that's really a drag but to be expected.