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CJ Shearn

Lifelong jazz lover, Blue Note records connoiseur, sweet person and armchair martial artist is what describes me.

About Me

I have been in love with jazz ever since I was born, literally. My passion for this music knows no bounds and it has affected those around who love and encourage me, and I continue to grow because of that. I listen to pretty much everything from bop to hard bop, mainstream, fusion, and some free. Blue Note albums have been an important part of my life since day one. I also have a weakness for Japanese pop. I was teaching assistant for Binghamton University's Jazz In American Music course during my tenure as an undergrad in sociology, and currently am in house writer for the New York Jazz Workshop School of Music. My other interests include playing video games, learning about Japanese culture, watching mixed martial arts, anime and boxing, martial arts movies, dining, going out with friends and having fun. Oh yes, Kenny G. sucks, as does most of the smooth jazz genre.

My Favorites

  1. Jimmy Smith: The Sermon
  2. Pat Metheny Group: Travels
  3. Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day
  4. Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now
  5. Pat Metheny Group: We Live Here
  6. Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up
  7. Pat Metheny: 80/81
  8. Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life
  9. Pat Metheny with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez: Day Trip
  10. Pat Metheny with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez: Tokyo Day Trip
  11. Miles Davis: Miles Davis Quintet: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings 1965-68
  12. Miles Davis: The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965
  13. Miles Davis: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Recordings
  14. Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius
  15. CTI All Stars: CTI Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl
  16. Art Blakey: Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia (both volumes, these would be the Blakey I'd want on this island)
  17. Count Basie: On The Road
  18. Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer
  19. Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage
  20. Freddie Hubbard: Straight Life
  21. Joe Henderson: In Japan
  22. Woody Shaw: Stepping Stones: Live at the Village Vanguard
  23. Grant Green: Grantstand
  24. John Coltrane: Coltrane (Impulse!)
  25. Lee Morgan: Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note 3 CD set)
  26. Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage
  27. Miles Davis: Someday My Prince Will Come
  28. Tony Williams: Tokyo Live
  29. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Still Live
  30. John Coltrane: The Complete Live at the Village Vanguard Recordings 1961
  31. Sonny Rollins: A Night at the Village Vanguard (Complete)
  32. One Night With Blue Note Preserved: Volume 2
  33. George Benson: It's Uptown with the George Benson Quartet
  34. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
  35. Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: Free For All
  36. Stanley Turrentine: Sugar
  37. Steve Reich: Phases: A Nonesuch Retrospective
  38. Alan Parsons Project: Tales of Mystery and Imagination
  39. Trio Beyond: Saudades
  40. Antonio Sanchez: New Life
  41. Ben Williams: State of the Art
  42. Jaimeo Brown: Transcendence
  43. Wayne Shorter: Footprints Live/Beyond the Sound Barrier/Without A Net
  44. Charles Lloyd: Sangam
  45. Kenny Garrett: Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane/Triology/Songbook/Beyond the Wall
  46. Jack DeJohnette: Special Edition/Tin Can Alley
  47. Phil Collins: Face Value
  48. Cibo Matto: Viva La Woman!
  49. Pat Metheny: TAP- John Zorn's Book of Angels, Volume 20
  50. John Coltrane: Live in Seattle
  51. Don Sebesky: Giant Box
  52. David Binney: Anacapa/Graylen Epicenter
  53. Lyle Mays:S/T
  54. Grachan Moncur III: Evolution/Some Other Stuff
  55. Bobby Hutcherson: Live at Montreux
  56. Miles Davis: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1
  57. Miles Davis: Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2
  58. Miles Davis: Miles at Fillmore 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3
  59. Return to Forever: Anthology/The Mothership Returns
  60. McCoy Tyner: Mosaic Select 25/Sahara/Enlightenment