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CJ Shearn

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Mosaic or some super limited Blue Note box? I would say Mosaic is pretty limited considering I barely got the second Mobley box.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Jarrett's solo and trio work has brought me much pleasure over the years, and I'm grateful for the musical legacy he has left us. I will be reviewing Budapest Concert in the next week. Will anyone who is a KJ fan be surprised necessarily? Not really... it's just a continuation of the thing he did really well, and that's all that matters.
  8. And that very thing, is what made those albums. He had such a powerful presence, and personally, I love that-- that larger than life personality. Like Kenny Burrell, or George Benson, Wes was an equal partner. If you look at Jimmy's regular guitarists roughly around that period, like Quentin Warren; Warren served a function... he wasn't an equal partner, and when Jimmy had a compatriot on his level, he elevated--- check his comping for example. And this new album is very nice
  9. Scott replied to my query regarding this... it is a known issue He said : You’re only the second person whose brought this up to us. We did notice that if you start right on the track it doesn’t have that “blip” but when you let it continuously go from track 1 to track 2, you hear that “blip”. So I asked if there will be any plans to repress based on that error, but if not, such is life. Edit: He said there are no plans to repress and this little error affects all 2,500 sets. However that's a small price to pay I think for having this music in the best possible sound.
  10. Interesting, so you are hearing the same thing. I quick went and streamed the RVG of Dippin' and as you said it started with one note rather than two, but throughout the tune Ridley seems to be doing these two bass notes through the piece. No it doesn't sound unnatural, but it sounds like there is a digital click at the start, which could be a mastering or duplication error, who knows. I gave Scott a heads up but if this is what you hear too, maybe it's not just isolated to my copy. The only other CD I had heard this on was the original CBS Associated CD of the CTI All Stars California Concert which had an actual skip leading into "Blues West" but that was probably more the poor remix job. Sounded just like the LP on the expanded definitive 2010 issue.
  11. At the very beginning 0:00 Not a deal breaker since there are probably no replacements but it's odd
  12. Does anyone's copy have a slight skip at the start of "Recado Bossa Nova" on disc 3? The disc is clean but this sounds like a little duplication hiccup
  13. I have no idea whether or not Monk's audience was mixed race at the time but wouldn't the Time magazine article have contributed to expanding his audience?
  14. It's all in the liners as Rooster said... I'll consider figuring out how to rework that, needless to say it was an inspired performance.
  15. Planning on reviewing soon, it's on my review list after Monk and Terje Rypdal.
  16. RIP. I had communicated with him a few times wondering if he might have been a distant family relative, my father's mother's last name was Sisco. Didn't turn out to be the case, but he seemed very nice.
  17. I'm gonna limit this to albums this year Conspiracy Terje Rypdal Art Of The Quartet Benjamin Koppel Swallow Tales Sco Big Vicious Arctic Riff Marcin Wasilewski Trio feat Joe Lovano From This Place Pat Metheny Angular Blues Wolfgang Muthspiel Happening: Live At The Village Vanguard Gerald Clayton ONA Thana Alexa Lagos Pepper Soup Michael Olatuja Blue Soul Dave Stryker Iron Starlet Connie Han Live and Unreleased Brecker Brothers
  18. Yeah, that's funny! Anyway Art Of the Quartet is easily one of my favorite albums of the year
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