CJ Shearn

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  1. Miles Davis on American Masters.

    True but it adds so much to the charm lol
  2. Miles Davis on American Masters.

    I was dissappointed they censored the language, the PBS stream was the first I saw the film since the NY premiere and the review I wrote.
  3. Miles Davis on American Masters.

    I saw the NY premiere at Film Forum. Will watch again
  4. Rest Easy Mom & Dad

    RIP! I can't fathom what that must be like... Losing my mother was so so tough but both parents at the same time? That's real tough
  5. Well, the binding split on my Hank 50's box.... it's now comes off like a box set where you lift off the top. My set is old, so is my Jimmy Smith. It's not a big deal to me really because it means I've enjoyed them well and they stay with me, but just a bit strange. Never stored them improper or anything.
  6. Is This Stanley Turrentine?

    Oh yeah, it's Stanley for sure... Bassline reminds me of how tight Ron Carter and Airto hook up on "Salt Song"
  7. Perfect choice, the Byrd. What about "Abide with Me" on Monk's Music?
  8. Of course, YMMV, and several others have said in the major jazz rags the album may be near his best... that isn't far from the truth. He's really showing some possible really interesting further directions. This band I think as a fellow huge Metheny fan, is his best in years. As great as the quartet with Chris Potter was, this as well as the Ron Carter and Side Eye thing have him really reinvigorated. Because I love those early CTI discs with Sebesky, White Rabbit et al... the fact Pat's tapping into that zone with this album in spots is really cool. The other thing that's interesting, though for me it's never been in doubt, is just how connected to the traditional jazz guitar lineage Metheny is, over time I'm really hearing his huge debts to Wes, Benson and Kenny Burrell, and I might have said this years ago, but when he played a benefit gig with Larry Grenadier and Jack DeJohnette, he dropped into a Grant Green bag with triplet repetition that hasn't been displayed on record.
  9. My review of From This Place http://bit.ly/2HFyrIE
  10. Thank you. I have a feeling very few will get that deep other than myself and John Kelman's in terms of the record. I really love your blog, I gotta favorite it. THAT is the level of writing I want to get to, that Playing Favorites has. Non mainstream jazz media writing is the best
  11. Eric Alexander with Strings

    The charts that Gil Goldstein and Alan Broadbent came up with on Pat Metheny's From This Place are wonderful. Pat was really going for the Sebesky CTI vibe, and that approach of orchestrations being drawn from small group playing.
  12. Eric Reed has a few gospel based albums as does Marcus Roberts and Cyrus Chestnut I believe. And, if you are willing to go outside straight ahead, Kirk Whalum's Gospel According to Jazz series. Charles Earland's Stomp would be a good one, too.
  13. Lyle Mays, R.I.P. (1953–2020)

    A piece I wrote for New York Jazz Workshop in memoriam: http://bit.ly/38jmxzX Steve Rodby wrote a very moving post on Facebook about his last day spent with him, and Pat Metheny's further reflections give the story of the past decade post PMG and they had been discussing a Wichita sequel. I have to admit Lyle's passing hit me just as hard as when Jimmy Smith died... my passion for Metheny's music has lead me to professional connections to him as well as his band mates, and alumni. Antonio Sanchez has become a close friend, so it hit me VERY hard, to hear of Lyle's passing. I was going to ask Antonio to connect me with Lyle for a podcast. I know he was not to everyone's taste as Jim Sangrey noted, but he was something special, IMO.
  14. Lyle Mays, R.I.P. (1953–2020)

    His 5 solo albums (Ludwigsburg Concert is an archive release from 1993 out in 2015) all have something to offer. I cannot fathom his statement in a Jazziz podcast he played poorly on Fictionary, he admitted to be in awe of Jack DeJohnette and felt a bit inhibited. The album I think, is fantastic.
  15. Lyle Mays, R.I.P. (1953–2020)

    This one hurts, bad... His impact on me as a listener was huge, such a great talent.
  16. Lee Morgan 60s Mosaic set

    Yeah, I think it'll be around a few months, the set. Indeed, people wanting physical product seems rare I still do though I also stream because I feel like it's a test drive to see if I really want an album.
  17. Lee Morgan 60s Mosaic set

    I notice Hank set is on backorder till March. Dusty Groove has it, though I may wait a tiny longer. I don't expect the set to stay in print like the 50's Mobley, yet all the music is available in original album form streaming... the question I have is how often will I play it given my days of being hooked/collecting hard bop are largely over, but I do want the 60's Mobley set as I have only the RVG of No Room For Squares
  18. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    I'll be getting my set soon to complement the 50's set. I admit my interest in acquiring more straight ahead from this era has waned considerably, but I have next to nothing of the Hank 60's Blue Note sessions except for the RVG's of No Room For Squares, Workout, Another Workout, Roll Call and the Audiowave XRCD of Soul Station. I always held out to see if the '63 era on material would all be remastered.
  19. I may try that. Thanks!
  20. I hear you, Brad. Well the discs and booklet are in great condition in my set so its what matters to me. I used to feel that way, everything has to be perfect, but I relaxed about it. I haven't bought anything from Mosaic since 2007, so the new Mobley set will very likely be my next purchase-- but I'm kind of weighing the option since the albums are there on Amazon HD Music, but Mosaic's presentations I love.
  21. Jimmy Heath RIP

    Very sad news. I was playing this today when I heard the news. That's the only Heath I own. Then I streamed The Quota and Triple Threat on Amazon HD Music. Great music and writing.
  22. Cassette tape production revival?

    That's exactly it. Have them look as they were originally intended. This is a big thing with retro fighting games still played competitively in the fighting game community because with the amount of skill it takes to execute tight combos often in 1 frame of animation it's better to have the action occur in real time other than a delay an HDTV may cause, though they've seem to have figured it out with an ASUS monitor.
  23. Cassette tape production revival?

    Those folk there are interesting... I can only speak from the perspective of 16 bit 2D video games, but if you look at say, the original arcade release of Street Fighter III: Third Strike on an HDTV from the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection on PS4 it looks quite a bit pixellated vs if you were to view the original arcade machine on a CRT... but if you use a few scan lines it can look very good. It won't look nearly as good as a modern game, that's stating the obvious, but if it was always well done, as that game was it'll look good no matter what.
  24. Herbie Hancock Complete Columbia Box

    I love this set. The worst albums IMO are Feets Don't Fail Me Now and Monster but in hindsight the Laswell trilogy isn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be back when I was a snob. I thought the Wounded Bird discs had identical masterings but I guess not. Their cover reproductions were quite poor.