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CJ Shearn

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  1. thanks Green Dolphin, I borrowed Whisper Not from my TA and it's a great disc, would like to get my own copy very soon and might as well do that. I wonder about that "Riot" too. Kinda odd the full thing isn't there. Ditto "341 Free Fade".
  2. 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.
  3. http://www.wbjazz.com/showpage.asp?code=onequietnight here is "Song For the Boys" a track off of "One Quiet Night". nice tune, lots of strumming. like a lot of Pat tunes, I hear melodic/harmonic connections to other songs and am trying to figure out which.
  4. Simon, I must respectfully disagree with you about WLH. There is some amazing music there once you get into the layers. Then again I am into stuff with drumloops and techno ish type stuff. "Red Sky" is an awesome tune with it's 6/4 tempo and 4/4 on the bridge, it's primarily a Lyle Mays tune but Pat's synth solo is hot as are the atmospherics. ID is great as well, it has to almost be looked at from a composition/soundscape/trip factor view as Pat has said it's "music for a world that doesn't exist". Africa Brass how you like Travels? I got my first batch of Metheny real cheap on ECM vinyl too. I almost thought I lost my Travels double CD but thankfully I left it at my house over the break and brought it back to my dorm.
  5. no actually it was Mingus X5..... I haven't really heard Black Saint and the Sinner Lady all that much.
  6. I used to have this one. Didn't make sense to me for the longest time. What I remember now is great playing and some very jerky splices which were very noticeable on the 20 bit version from a few years ago.
  7. yeah.... great tour. "The Gathering Sky" was something else. Antonio Sanchez is a freak of nature. Hearing "Are You Going With Me?" live was like an orgasm. It's my favorite PMG tune. I sincerely hope that live Speaking of Now DVD gets released soon.
  8. ditto on the songbook. Even though I can't read music when I saw some of the tunes the amount of chords and meter changes it was incredible. Also Imaginary Day Live is available on DVD... great "The Roots of Coincedence" there, but hearing that tune live on the past tour was a blast. Antonio added a bit more "real" D&B flavor to it.
  9. Joe G. if you have holes in your PMG collection. I suggest these few albums from their transitional period: e.g. post Brazillian. I think their next album which they are rumored to be in the studio for they will strike a groove that will signal the third distinct PMG era. We Live Here: a lot of people have mixed feelings about this one. Actually, this is the record that made me sit and listen 5 years ago when I was an 17 year old hard bop snob. It permanently opened my horizons. The slick veneer the record has shouldn't scare you off, theres a lot of strong stuff. including "And Then I Knew" which has a gorgeous Pat solo over a lush bed of Synclav orchestrations with interesting sounding changes. "The Girls Next Door" is a funk tune (I call it a porno funk tune. just listen to the rhythm) that has Pat getting really dirty, I love his ultra dry tone on this one with just a hint of delay. The guitar sounds like it was recorded in the bathroom. "To the End of the World" is one of the best tunes on the album and one of the PMG's best period. It's a reworking of "Are You Going With Me?" featuring a great piano solo from Mays and an awesome GR300 solo from Pat.... his entry is classic. Even better is the "We Live Here Live in Japan" DVD which has a good cross section of classic material and a few surprises like "Antonia" and "This is Not America" Quartet: just Pat, Lyle, Steve and Paul playing music mostly improvised on the spot. A very loosely produced recording, you can actually hear Paul's drums too Includes lots of wacked out fucked free stuff like "Dismantling Utopia", which in the opening section has Lyle Mays playing clavinet in the most sideways way, Herbie is the furthest thing from your mind. "When We Were Free" is a greasy blues in 3/4, hearing Pat and Lyle get real nasty on this one is a treat. Imaginary Day: continues some ideas found on Quartet but is their most far reaching album to date with everything from Chinese opera, blues- rock, techno, thrash metal, middle eastern and Celtic. A lot of fans have difficulty with this one, but not me, it's a great record, almost like the PMG doing prog-rock... every cut flows into the other and is pretty unified as a whole. As from Letter From Home, I have it on right now. It has some great tunes like "Have You Heard", "5-5-7" "Dream of the Return" and "Slip Away" but in some ways, it's the weakest of the Brazillian trilogy. The reason is this: First Circle was the one that fully brought in the element into their music, Still Life (Talking) refined it, and both these records are great from start to finish with engaging compositions. I think LFH got away from really being something from start to finish that just sucks you in. I think this has to do with the sequencing of the record more than the tunes themselves. The second half with "Are We There Yet" and "Vidala" turn it into something really intriguing by the end. the first half has some of these great but almost really sappy melodies, then the 180 into free, soundscape territory makes one get totally into the record again, if the sheen began to turn them off at the start of the record.
  10. I preordered One Quiet Night. The preview track "Ferry Across The Mersey" was beautiful. I like most anything Pat puts out. As for Speaking of Now, wonderful album, the melodeies harken back to the accessibility of the Brazillian trilogy, but elements totally new such as Richard Bona, the trumpet playing and Antonio Sanchez. As for the Synclavier, the PMG don't use it anymore. They may have older sequences backed up in a new program, or have the Synclavier sound library stored somewhere. Lyle Mays uses a Korg Triton now which may be the source of his famous thick Oberheim patch which reappeared on SoN. Lyle programs all of his own sounds.
  11. thanks for the link. Will check out the FS set at somepoint. love the BN set tho of which could become AOW soon.
  12. hmm. so Bob Belden's "research" via Bennie Maupin was not correct? is the Fresh Sound material currently in print?
  13. cool Bev. When funds allow I just may go with the Blue Note box. although it's probably too much to digest in one sitting, I have a habit of listening to a set in one shot and critically listening at the same time rather than passive. On my small set up in my dorm (as opposed to my nice Technics speakers at home) with small satellite speakers, I was struck at how amazing Whisper Not sounds, even on an average set up, it's CD sound done right. Gary Peacock sounds as if he's right in the room and Jack's Sabian ride has a real depth, real presence, nice stick tone, and deep rich warm ring like an old K. Amazing. The version of Poinciana is nothing short of stunning, Keith plays with the most inventive cliche free ideas. No wonder why he is Lyle Mays' favorite pianist. Would the DVD's out be recommended as well?
  14. so far today: Lee Morgan live at the Lighthouse: disc 1 Keith Jarrett: Whisper Not: disc 1
  15. I am currently borrowing "Whisper Not" from my TA in my jazz class and absolutely loving it (have disc 1 on right now) I certainly plan to buy it in the near future. Now, what are some other KJ standards trio albums to pick up for a neophyte into his stuff? I've been looking at Still Live, and The Complete At the Blue Note with great interest. at this point I'm interested in the trio stuff, might explore his solo stuff later.
  16. thanks Ed for the long and informative post. violet/black? April fools, right? if so, good one.
  17. since I'm a non muscian. are you talking about his frequent use of fourths? (the kind of floaty chords McCoy Tyner uses) those I can recognize..... Some musicians I know say he comes up with some pretty twisted shit harmonically.
  18. well, my Lighthouse is straight from CD Universe. Generally that's true the post '91 discs mark better sound. wonder why they chose the silver/black for some discs. must be for artistic reasons.
  19. what could possibly be wrong with the other unreleased tunes? sonic defects which were inherent in some of the takes included or just bad performances?
  20. I wonder that too...... maybe Mosaic will release the extra Lighthouse material. Tom said BN boxes aren't that profitable, but I was thinking if the existing Lighthouse set was released now it'd prolly be a Mosaic Select. I haven't heard the Plugged Nickel set (on my want to buy list tho, has been for a very long time) but I think it was an old RMB post where someone considered the Lighthouse recordings as being Lee's equivalent to Miles' Plugged Nickel dates. I mean, from the liners it seems like Lee had a chops problem, and was working himself back up while having an great foil like Bennie Maupin. This set features amazing Maupin, I really like his compositions too, like the ascending harmonic movement of "Something Like This", "Peyote" and "Neophilia". Jack DeJohnette on "Speedball" whoo........ love his broken way of swinging, pushing everyone to a higher level. I would LOVE to hear the other tracks that he sat in on, I'm sure they have a more "out" edge compared to the versions which Roker plays on(some great playing from him also) Silly ? but does anyone else's copy (see my other thread on BN CD labels) have a silver/black label side, and were the discs originally packaged playing side up? (I flipped mine so that their the normal label side up) Maybe this should be the album of the week next week.
  21. kazak, your copy of "Ready" has a black/silver label? interesting. Mine is the regular, blue/white label. The Lighthouse set isn't an elecxtric release per se so it's unique it has the different labeling. almost reminds me of how some) 70's BN LP's had the black label w/ blue slice or (my personal favorite) deep blue label with black or white "b".
  22. how many BN discs have silver/black labels instead of silver/blue or white/blue? I received the Morgan Lighthouse set today and noticed the discs being silver/black instead of the more familiar above color schemes, think it's kinda cool. The discs were also playing side up in the case but I fixed that
  23. this is a great, underrated gem. I remember when I was little my dad had a tape with this backed w/ "She Was To Good to Me" by Chet Baker and I wanted the tape cuz of the Miles' portion. The way Jimmy Cobb switches from brushes to sticks is one of the most hard swinging transitions I've ever heard, and his drumming throughout, tasteful, adding accents perfectly where they need to be and never overplaying is one of the things that makes this record. Mobley is great on "No Blues", as is the guest spot by Philly Joe. Damn do Kelly-Chambers-Jones take it into a new zone behind Hank on "Blues No. 2" the whole groove changes and clamps down tighter when Hank is cookin. Love "I Thought About You" also. I think that much of the criticism of this edition of Miles' group is unwarranted. It may be so that Hank wasn't as trailblazing as Trane or Wayne, but this band, transitional between the additions of Coleman, Hancock, Tony, and a short time later the second Quintet, hit an in the pocket groove IMO like no other in Davis' acoustic years. The other great thing about SDMPWC is Kevin's favorite: the chair squeek on "Old Folks"
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