CJ Shearn

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 


  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 1 hour ago, soulpope said:

    Probably .... I don't expect wonders each and every time a new archival release is up, but would appreciate less "over the top" marketing ....

    Me too.  I knew going in that Monk album while excellent was not going to change my life, because a) like everyone here I have so much Monk already and b) they do so much of what they do well on Palo Alto on other releases.  If I want that thing, I am going to put on The Complete Live At the It Club or Monk In Tokyo, just my preference. Yet say something like Dexter Gordon's Complete Prestige Recordings the other hard bop thing I got this year for an incredible price was a completely satisfying experience despite the redundancy of the alternates.

  11. 12 hours ago, Guy Berger said:

    I like the 3CD set (especially for Bennie Maupin) but this band wasn't anywhere near as good as the other two you mention.

    That is true... maybe we do have the best of what's releasable already... When Resonance realeased Funk In France was when I started questioning the quality of what they release, Grant's playing is great but the clunkiness of Don Lamond and Billy Wilson doesn't sound prepared are facets.  I think a huge difference between Blue Note especially  then when Michael Cuscuna headed the reissue program and what's going on now, I believe Michael has some sort of musical background and could vouch for the validity of why certain stuff couldn't be released.  The fact both the Monk and Rollins releases are at the wrong pitch is troubling...  I'm studying music theory now and I'm sure the more I learn these kind of things will be glaring in time.  Just because something bears the name of a legend and will sell does it really need to be put out? Maybe a complete Lighthouse thing will be revelatory in some ways but I'm not sure.  Aside from Just Coolin  and the Mobley 63-70 Mosaic this year, and a few Don Patterson albums I haven't bought any hard bop, whether classic stuff or people playing in that style now doing new stuff, I have so much of that already.  I'm more reinvestigating my classical roots from when I was a kid or looking for prog rock or electronic music these days.

  12. I think there is quite a bit of irony here that some people won't be buying this set because if we look at say Trane's Village Vanguard or Miles' Plugged Nickel a lot of the same music is repeated from set to set yet the music is vastly different.  If there is too much redundancy in the Lighthouse material, I will hold onto the 3 disc set as a sort of best of distillation

  13. 11 minutes ago, david weiss said:

    You know, honestly I'm a vinyl guy but I have little interest in getting these titles on vinyl myself. 

    The sources are usually digital at this point anyways.

    I will say there is one ridiculous vinyl box set on the horizon that I think will be worth it on LP.

    There is going to be a 12 LP box set The Complete Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse coming out next year. 

    These were mixed from the original 4 track tapes and the whole process was analogue and I think they sound great.

    There are no edits by the way....

    Will this see a digital release??


  14. 23 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:


    Not everything, but the better/best half of his output is just divine (which includes a bit from the late 80’s).

    Til We Have Faces is incredible, some of the most incredible Pat Metheny on record.  Thomas is also quite good on Jack DeJohnette's Blue Notes of the period.

    Other great 90's records

    Kenny Garrett Songbook

    Branford Marsalis Trio Bloomington

    Nils Petter Molvaer Khmer

    Michael Brecker: Tales From The Hudson, Two Blocks From The Edge, Time Is Of The Essence

    Yellowjackets: Greenhouse, Run Fer Yer Life (if you only like/want hard bop, these may not be for you, ditto the Molvaer)

    John Scofield: Time On My Hands, Grace Under Pressure, I Can See Your House From Here, Hand Jive

    Keith Jarrett at The Blue Note The Complete Recordings

    Herbie Hancock: The New Standard

    Joey DeFrancesco: Live At The Five Spot

    John McLaughlin: After The Rain, Tokyo Live


  15. I love this album.  Even better is a bootleg of this very quartet with Nat Reeves in place of Rodney Whitaker at the Knitting Factory NYC in June of 1996.  I downloaded this from  dimeadozen years ago, when I grabbed a load of Pat Metheny related shows which I since thinned out to a handful of the best shows.  I kind of realized how ridiculous it was to have a bunch of PMG shows from 1 tour when the set list never varied much because of the reliance on sequencers.