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

Luca D’Alberto – Endless (7K!; due Spring 2017)

Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records; due May 2017)

Rapoon & PromuteMachine River (Zoharum; 2014)

Matt MitchellFØRAGE: Matt Mitchell Plays Tim Berne (Screwgun; 2017)

Nick StorringQualms (self-released; 2017)

Schlippenbach TrioWarsaw Concert (Intakt; 2016)

WarfatherThe Grey Eminence (Greyhaze; 2016)

Scuba DeathThe Worm at the Core (Further; due March 10, 2017)

The NecksUnfold (Ideologic Organ; due Feb. 10, 2017)

Kassel Jaeger/Jim O’RourkeWakes on Cerulean (Editions Mego; due March 10, 2017)

David Weiss & Point of DepartureWake Up Call (Ropeadope; due Feb. 10, 2017)

Grateful DeadDave’s Picks, Vol. 21: Boston Garden, Boston, MA 4/2/73 (Grateful Dead/Rhino; 1973/2017)

CharalambidesStrangle the Wretched Heavens/Glowing Raw (Drawing Room; 2007/2016)

MerzbowCloud Cock OO Grand (Editions Merzbow; 1990)

Michael PisaroAdd Red – Julien Héraud (Crisis; 2015)

Original Motion Picture SoundtrackMoana (Walt Disney; 2016)

Schlippenbach TrioFirst Recordings (Trost; 1972/2014)

Mikel Rouse/MetronomeTake Down (ExitMusic; 2016)

Hildegard WesterkampKits Beach Soundwalk (from Transformations) (empreintes DIGITALes; 2010)

Stefan ThutABC 1-6 – Cristián Alvear, Cyril Bondi, D’Incise (Moving Furniture; due April 1, 2017)

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The less I say this time, the better – partly because I have so very, very little information available from which to cobble up some authoritative statement on the whys and wherefores of the three recent compositions from 2015 and 2016 by Jürg Frey included on this new CD, and partly because the music doesn't really lend itself to analysis so much as inhabitation.