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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Further reading

Playlist.

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Cameron Graves, Eva-Maria Houben, Alex Cline, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Performance Response: Dave Douglas Metamorphosis

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Reading down the list of collaborators Douglas assembled for the New York debut of Metamorphosis at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room on March 3, you knew instantly this would be no risk-averse affair. Alongside Douglas in the front line were trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and saxophonist Oliver Lake, each an iconic bandleader who hailed from one of the formidable regional collectives that fomented stylistic revolutions during the late '60s.
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Musing on the fate of music journalism.

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National Sawdust has not only taken a keen interest in monitoring and evaluating the current state of music journalism and criticism from its inception, but also more recently has pursued an active role in fostering its continued health. We talk regularly with journalists, critics, institutions, and other influential figures about the state of our collective affairs – now, we'll be sharing some of those conversations with the reading public.

Performance Response: Sarah Davachi

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Just because an event is inconspicuous, it does not follow that what's transpiring is inauspicious: a point handily illustrated by the performance that Sarah Davachi, a Canadian composer and electronic musician, presented in her New York debut at Trans-Pecos on February 28. For the fortunate few dozen in attendance, the music lived up to Davachi's sizable, well-earned reputation.