CJ Shearn

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  1. On 9/2/2021 at 8:02 PM, sgcim said:

    If you think Pat Metheny is a nice guy, you should read Gary Burton's autobiography "Learning To Listen". He devotes a page to why he fired PM from his band.

    Tal came down to hear me at a club I was playing at in NY. We went out for breakfast afterwards, and he was the most easy-going, mellow guy you'd ever meet. Not even a hint of egotistic manner about him. Considering he was, at one time, IMHO, the greatest mainstream jazz guitarist living, I could only think that he practiced Zen Buddhism.

    Tough job assignments.

    I can imagine!

    Yes Pat is VERY specific... and I know a few stories about a few things re: what he expects. HOWEVER... two things: He's never been anything but fantastic to me, he actually donated towards my new apartment after the fire, and he and his team sent me a care package of damn near his entire catalog.  As for douche guitar players, Joel Fass years ago was not a very nice guy when I dealt with him as you know.


  2. 3 hours ago, jazzbo said:

    On my system the sound is more forward and dynamic by a noticable margin. A more modern reissue sound than the '96 sound. Reading a few forums it seems some think it doesn't sound as great, prefering a slightly more warm sound, but more some to believe it's a decided improvment. I'm in the latter camp.

    On my system the sound is the same.  Morgan and Maupin are much more "live" and the drums and bass have a lot of pop.  This is a great set and glad I have it.  5 discs in.


  3. Got this for my birthday. Loving it, especially the Rahsaan part... I like Jon Faddis but don't think he contributes anything substantial beyond Dizzy tropes here, it's fun, but compared to everyone else, the weakest soloist. My original pre fire collection was Mingus deficient so I'm getting myself up to speed.  BTW I want to thank everyone here who donated to that GFM that got me my new place after the fire... I just closed the GFM a few days back with Thana Alexa who organized it.  


  4. 2 hours ago, bresna said:

    Edit to say: I called Mosaic back to find out if they lost my order and found out that anyone that gets a shipping notice now is simply getting an automated E-mail and that your box has not really shipped. They have hundreds of backorders due to this SNAFU with the company supplying the outer boxes.

    Interesting.  Thanks Kevin!


  5. Well, mine just shipped from Mosaic. I got some birthday money from fam and I broke down and ordered, I did lose all the individual CD's in the fire (everything as you know).  It's my 40th birthday this year, why not?  Will be interesting to compare to the AP SACD of Page One (which I will still go to when I just want to play the album) and the masterings in the 5 Original Albums set which I'll keep for State of The Tenor.

    7 hours ago, erwbol said:

    It's a great set sonically, especially if you're not fond of digital compression. I'm going to read the book today.

    I really enjoy the AP SACD layer of Page One.  How does the Addey stack up to it?


  6. Damn... this dropped and I didn't know.  After getting back on my feet and set up in my new place, I got that 5 Original Albums set to replace what I lost in the fire, (mainly because it was a quick and dirty way to get State of the Tenor again........ I have the AP SACD of Page One and it sounds great.  I might pass on this one because it's not like I didn't have all of the music before mostly, and I don't really care for how they sprinkled orphaned tracks he played on as a sideman, but it looks like a great set.


  7. I've been using a Sony X700 in my new revamped system for SACD playback and have had no issues... my friend's dad gave me a ton of SACD's to build my collection back up and they sound fantastic, especially the Blue Note and Prestige AP series.


  8. I had started getting back into classical, and when the fire overtook my apartment EVERYTHING was pruned.  What really hurt was I bought Isaac Stern's Complete Columbia Analogue Recordings and Glenn Gould's Bach Box and was one disc into the Stern and 4 discs into the Gould before I lost it all...  I will have to reacquire them at  some point


  9. This is absolutely devastating.  Chick's music has been a part of my life since I was 7 years old, though I didn't dive hardcore into things till college.  Several years ago, Chick's manager Dan Muse (who replaced Bill Rooney)  reached out to me to write for Chick's blog... I didn't make the cut but what an honor.  I know some folk around here weren't fond of the Elektric Band, but actually I dug it... that was the first exposure to Chick I had, if you get past the synths, the datedness of them... good music there


  10. On 1/30/2021 at 3:22 PM, Brad said:

    Good to hear that things are looking up. Really sorry to hear about the cats. Hopefully you will get some new ones but no one can replace the ones you lost. 

    Thanks Brad.  I don't plan on new cats ATM...  I am already technically in the new place, just still sleeping at the hotel until my bed is delivered this week and I should be in this weekend.


  11. 2 hours ago, Dmitry said:

    I'm glad your spirits are up! The rest will come!
    The cats probably hid away and died from smoke inhalation. Same happened to an acquaintance, when they had a fire. They lost, I believe, 9 cats this way. Cats always look for a place to hide when they sense danger.

     

    That's exactly what happened 

     


  12. Thanks for the donations everyone. They went towards the acquisition of a power chair identical to the one that burned that my uncle found in New Hampshire for $1800 in brand new condition. I will be moving to a brand new building in a much safer area next week. I'm so glad I have renters insurance because I can replace everything. Nothing was left. Even my beloved Focal Chorus 716 speakers I bought last year burned down and I lost my ENTIRE collection which I will now have to rebuild in time, at least the stuff I loved the most while streaming the rest. Besides my cats dying and my mother's ashes burning that hurts the most. Most important thing is I have my life. Thanks for contributing everyone. When I get my replacement laptop I will be making a list of my collection and posting in Offering and Looking For to see if folks will sell some of the stuff I loved that I can have physically again


  13. I still listen to all the Kenny Garrett Warner's, the Branford trio records, and Wynton's Live at Blues Alley and Jeff Tain Watts albums so yes, I do as well as Roy Hargrove.  This is the music that inspires Connie Han for example, but I've listened to that stuff for a while, yes.  Joshua Redman Spirit of the Moment.  This is all music that has inspired the generations of players after them like Jeremy Pelt, Ethan Iverson so it's still relevant


  14. 3 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

    @CJ Shearn, apologies for deleting my original quoted post, I just wanted to word it better.

    Why do you think "just kiddin;" makes it any better?  It doesn't undo the undertones of the statement, one iota

    True and this is kind of one reason why I have little use for this board anymore to be honest.


  15. 2 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

    Grow up. What is this nonsense, smiley or otherwise.

    Agreed... as someone who came out as transgender in the past year, I find that offensive and tasteless