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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