An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Philip GlassPiano Works – Víkingur Ólafsson (Deutsche Grammophon; 2017)

Jean-Michel JarreOxygene Trilogy (Sony Legacy; due March 24, 2017)

SyrinxTumblers from the Vault (RVNG Intl.; 1970-72/2016)

Visible CloaksReassemblage (RVNG Intl.; due Feb. 17, 2017)

Steve LacyRCA Recordings 1965 (RCA; 2015)

Morbid AngelBlessed Are the Sick (Earache; 1991)

Myra MelfordSnowy Egret (Enja; 2015)

Matthew Shipp TrioPiano Song (Thirsty Ear; 2017)

RomansValere Aude (The Bunker New York; 2016)

Tanner PorterThe Summer Sinks (self-released; 2016)

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night SchoolThe Twilight Fall (Browntasauras; 2017)

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 8 in C minor – Berlin Philharmonic/Daniel Barenboim (Teldec; 1995)

Jon GibsonRelative Calm – Jon Gibson, Joseph Kubera, David Van Tieghem (New World; 2016)

Lee KonitzFrescalalto (Impulse!; due Feb. 24, 2017)

John KingFree Palestine – Secret Quartet (New World; due April 2017)

AsiaAsia (Geffen; 1982)

Philip Glass – Symphony No. 8 – Bruckner Orchestra Linz/Dennis Russell Davies (Orange Mountain Music; 2006)

Dana JessenCarve (Innova; 2016)
> Paula Matthusenof an implacable subtraction; Sam PlutaPoints Against Fields, tombeau de Bernard Parmegiani; Peter V. SvendsenFireflies in Winter; Kyle BruckmannCadenza & Degradations; Dana JessenCarve

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