Playlist.

A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Paul BleyPlay Blue: Oslo Concert (ECM; 2014)

Rafał BlechaczJohann Sebastian Bach (Deutsche Grammophon; 2017)
> Johann Sebastian Bach – Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971; Partita No. 1 In B-flat, BWV 825; 4 Duettos; Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV 944; Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Myra Hess)

Max Richter – Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works (Deutsche Grammophon; 2017)
> Mrs. Dalloway; Orlando; The Waves

Mike OldfieldFive Miles Out (Virgin; 1982)

King CrimsonZoom Club, Frankfurt, Germany, April 14, 1971 (DGMLive; 2006)

Anthony BraxtonSextet (FRM) 2007, Vol. 1 (New Braxton House; 2013)

Sarah DavachiBarons Court (Students of Decay; 2015)


Scott SmallwoodDesert Winds: Six Windblown Sound Pieces and Other Works (Deep Listening; 2002)


Tom Carter & Loren Connorsuntitled (Family Vineyard; 2016)

Charlemagne PalestineStrumming Music (Shandar/New Tone; 1974/1995)

Herbie HancockHead Hunters (Columbia; 1973)

King CrimsonUniversity of Texas, Arlington, TX, Oct. 6, 1973 (DGMLive; 2006)


Justice CowFam Fiction (self-released; 2016)

Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella BassArt Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass (America; 1971/2004)

ICP Orchestra – Bospaadje Konijnehol I (Instant Composers Pool; 1992)

Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, Ernst Reÿseger, Han BenninkDutch Masters (Soul Note; 1992)

Han Bennink & Misha Mengelberg – Instant Composers Pool 010 (Instant Composers Pool; 1971)


Misha MengelbergImpromptus (FMP; 1991)

Moniek DargeSounds of Sacred Places (Igloo/Kye; 1987/2011)

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Jakub Hrůša, Keiji Haino, Anthony Braxton, Chaya Czernowin, Annika Socolofsky, Stefan Fraunberger, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Album review: Pierluigi Billone, ITI KE MI; Equilibrio. Cerchio

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Memory is a tricky thing – one reason why critics often abstain from speaking in absolutes. You might witness a live event of seemingly ineffable magnitude. Yet assuming there's no recording immediately available, no dispassionate document by which to check your instincts once the moment of initial contact cools and fades, who's to say whether you overreacted?

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Bill Rieflin, Jaimie Branch, Roscoe Mitchell, Ben Richter, Alice Coltrane, Threefifty, Erkki Kurenniemi, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.
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Album review: David Lang, thorn

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For all that his large-scale works have commanded the spotlight over the last decade or so, David Lang initially burst into the public eye and ear with pithy, concise, and clever chamber works… On 'thorn,' an appealing new CD by flutist Molly Barth, Lang's puckish instrumental miniatures assume center stage.